History of FIV - The German Information Network International Relations
and Area Studies
The Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) and the
Federal Institute for Russian, East European and International
Studies, Cologne (BIOst) agree to cooperate on the development
of the SWP’s database. This was the beginning of the FIV,
to which twelve German research institutes now belong.
The German Federal Ministry for Research and Technology
finances a three-year project to merge the separate databases of
the SWP and the German Overseas Institute, Hamburg (DÜI).
The decision is made at a meeting in the Federal
Chancellory, attended by representatives of seven federal
ministries, to continue the development of the FIV and provide
the financial means to enable further institutes to participate.
The Federal Foreign Office takes over the continuous
financing of the FIV as an ongoing project.
Public access to the database under the name “World
Affairs Online” (WAO) via the host European Space Agency
(this service is no longer available)
Start of European cooperation in what was later to become the
European Information Network on International Relations and Area
Public access to World Affairs Online (WAO) via the
GBI’s wiso-database packet
The Federal Ministry of Research and the Federal
Chancellory finance a review of FIV organisation and management
by the management consultancy firm Arthur Andersen. The outcome
is positive for the Network and also for its planned European
Statute passed which establishes the FIV’s
organisational structure with executive committee, chairperson
and annual general meeting of members. The SWP is named as
coordinating Institute. The FIV remains an unincorporated
SWP moves from Ebenhausen/Isar to Berlin and merges with
the Federal Institute for Russian, East European and
International Studies, Cologne (BIOst) and the
Südost-Institut, Munich’s contemporary affairs
section (today's Institute for East and South East European Studies, Regensburg).
Previous project financing is replaced by an annual grant from
the Federal Chancellory, anchored in the SWP’s budget.
The EINIRAS Database Network (EDN), a publicly accessible database of journal articles in which eight European
databases (WAO, COE, SIPRI, RIIA, FIIA, CIDOP, UMV, FNSP) participate, is installed on the Council of
With financial aid from the DFG (German Research
Foundation), access to the database becomes available through
the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (KVK). The database forms part
of the IBLK-Meta-catalogue, together with the OPACs of the
German union catalogues.
Several DÜI member institutes utilise the IBLK
database to participate in the establishment of virtual
libraries (Menalib, Cibera).
The database switches to the multilingual European
Thesaurus International Relations and Area Studies, a project
developed in cooperation with EINIRAS members.
FIV starts providing direct public access URL links to subject relevant publications.
FIV founder and long-standing spokesman Dietrich Seydel
is succeeded by Michael Kluck, who takes over as spokesman and
head of information services at SWP.
Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) -
German Development Institute (Bonn) joins the FIV as 12th member
The German Overseas Institute (DÜI) is renamed to GIGA - German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
Leibniz Institute for Global and Regional Studies.
After a long period of cooperation, the Danish Nordic Institute of Asian Studies with headquarters in
Copenhagen becomes associate member of FIV. This cooperation ends in 2008 as a result of changed priorities in
The European Thesaurus on International relations and Area Studies, a co-production resulting from the
cooperation of European partner institutes in the framework of EINIRAS, is now available in a multilingual
Current bibliographic references from subject relevant journals can now be researched in the recently
Current Contents Service for International Relations and Area Studies. This service is part of the GBV
product Online Contents Special Subject Collections (OLC-SSG).
IREON - The subject gateway for
International Relations and Area Studies Online starts as a new, freely accessible gateway of FIV. IREON
makes possible a simultaneous, parallel search of bibliographic references in WAO - World Affairs Online as
well as in further subject databases.
The European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies, now in nine languages, is integrated in IREON and can be used online for literature research.
In addition, IREON is accessible through the German science gateway
FIV member institutes contribute with selected parts of the database WAO - World Affairs Online to a number of virtual subject gateways, such as Cibera, CrossAsia, ilissAfrica, MENALIB, vifanord, VifaPol, and Vifarom.
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|New: Cooperation with the German Library networks
WAO is now part of the catalogues of the German Library networks. You can now find all journal articles, chapters of books, online papers and monographs from WAO
IREON relaunch, now with ECONIS data
IREON the International Relations and Area Studies Gateway has a new technical platform and now includes additional collections on economic policy.
New databases are:
- ECONIS the ZBW (German National Library of Economic) database
- SCIENCES PO a selection from the Sciences Po, Paris journal articles database (closed catalogue)
The new IREON continues to provide bibliographic references (including full-text documents were possible) from:
- WAO World Affairs Online
- WAO Treaties, including selected treaties on international security policy and UN Security Resolutions
- LITDOK the database of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), with a focus on development policy
- FES the library catalogue of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, specializing in political and social topics