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FIV - The German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies

FIV - The German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies is a government-financed, cooperative model for the operation of a social science database, unique in Germany.

The Network is a cooperation between the libraries and documentation departments of eleven German research organisations, coordinated by the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP). All member institutes are largely publicly financed and active in the fields of international relations, foreign and security policy or area studies.

Cooperation between the members consists of:

  • shared responsibility for the evaluation and provision of relevant scholarly literature
  • the common use of a central database for input and research
  • the joint development and use of resources such as the multilingual thesaurus International Relations and Area Studies, which evolved out of a European cooperation initiative
  • flexible uses of the database for the Network and its individual members

The aims of the Network are:

  • the provision of information services to the German federal government, parliament and ministries
  • the provision of high-quality, comprehensive and relevant bibliographic information to the member institutes
  • the provision of a publicly accessible bibliographic database as an infrastructure measure, as described in the German federal government’s information programmes

The German federal government has financed the FIV continuously since 1986, originally as a project and since 2001 with an annual grant, which is anchored in the budget of the coordinating institute.

Current projects include:

The FIV database and the IREON Gateway use the SydneyPLUS system, developed by Lucidea.

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

Thesaurus

The European Thesaurus on International Relations and Area Studies is availaible in a
seven-lingual print edition.
The Thesaurus can be accessed online at the IREON Gateway.
History of the FIV

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