within a strategic reframing of the Union of International
There is a unique degree of integration to
the content of UIA information. Technically, this follows from the continuing
development of software and hardware in relation to the internet. From
a content perspective, the degree of integration derives from the extent
to which the many databases are directly or indirectly interlinked. This
integration offers, potentially, a degree of synergy between UIA information
products that may increasingly constitute its principle advantage over
many other available products and services. Whilst such initiatives may
be able to offer more, or even higher quality, information in certain
areas -- none can offer the degree of integration between them.
The UIA has successfully integrated most of its disparate online databases
into a common framework
Inter-related databases are maintained on over 30,000 world problems, 40,000
intergovernmental and nongovernmental (NGO) organizations (and their meetings),
39,000 organizational action strategies, as well as on 3,000 human values
and 5,000 approaches to human development, as well as integrative concepts,
and metaphors of relevance to governance. Items in each database are extensively
hyperlinked amongst themselves and to other databases. URLs are provided
to over 15,000 Internet resources of international bodies.
This integration offers, potentially, a degree of synergy between UIA information
products that may increasingly constitute the principle advantage of the
UIA information over other products and services. The key point here is
that whilst other initiatives may be able to offer more, or even higher
quality, information in certain areas - none can offer the degree of integration
between them, which effectively serves to protect individual services that
would otherwise be vulnerable in a competitive market.
The key question for the UIA is how to promote the relevance of this integration
and synergy for users. The core argument is that in an increasingly complex
society, single issue approaches to information are of limited strategic
relevance when successful campaigns must seek strategic windows of opportunity
that strike a balance between the interests of multiple stakeholders.
This cumulative dataset holds profiles on
some 62,000 intergovernmental (IGO) and nongovernmental (NGO), nonprofit "international
organizations". It was was first set up in 1905. Since 1948 it has
been published as the Yearbook of International Organizations: Guide
to global civil society networks, maintained electronically since
the mid-1970s (and on the UIA LAN since 1985). It has been disseminated
over the web since 2000. Editions in French have also been produced.
There are 62,000 interlinks between organization profiles. The UIA has
an inclusive approach to what it profiles, focusing on bodies that indicate
a balance of activities in three or more countries. However, it extends
its coverage at a lower priority to bodies that are primarily national
with some international activities. It is especially attentive to bodies
of unusual form that challenge any simple criteria: networks, clubs,
hybrids, "non-organizations", information systems, religious
orders, funds, non-membership bodies, etc. It covers bodies with every
kind of human activity and concern, provided they themselves are non-profit,
irrespective of whether the objective of the members is primarily for-profit.
This coverage allows the definitional issues of the subsets constituting
the community of civil society bodies, NGOs, voluntary associations,
citizens groups, etc, to be answered by users rather than being imposed
as part of the registry activity.
This dataset covers some 300,000 meetings
back to 1681 and includes meetings of international organizations (to
which it links) as well as other international meetings. Since 1947,
data on future meetings has been published quarterly or annually in the International
Congress Calendar, possibly with monthly supplements. It has been
disseminated over the web since 2004.
The UIA has a very long tradition of bibliographical
research, whether with respect to studies about international organization
or publications (especially periodicals) by international organizations
and notably with respect to their conference proceedings. This research
has now been focused in the annual production of Bibliography and
Resources (Volume 4 of the Yearbook of International Organizations).
This information is also made available annually on CD-ROM and online.
Since 1992 the UIA has provided biographical
profiles of the principal executives of international nonprofit organizations
through a succession of editions of a Who's Who in International
Organizations - currently also available on CD and via the web.
Electronically this information is linked to and from the relevant organizations.
This cumulative dataset provides 14,200 profiles of the chief executives
(current and past) of international organizations (to/from which it is
This cumulative dataset of 59,100 problem
profiles was first developed in the period 1972-76 as a feature of the Encyclopedia
of World Problems and Human Potential. It has since been updated
through a number of projects, most recently with funding from the European
Commission (1997-2000). The "problems" or "issues" are
those recognized by international constituencies, notably those in the
international organizations dataset. Some 128,600 (hyper)links are provided
to bibliographical entries, organization entries, hierarchically related
problems (broader, narrower, related), functional related problems (aggravating
and aggravated by); reducing and reduced by). Profiles are linked to
those in the dataset on the strategies that address them. The profiles
of some 56,400 problems (with 265,300 links) are now made freely available
over the web - embedded in an evolving network of hyperlink relations
between them. The information for these profiles is obtained from the
documents of international bodies or from others in the public domain.
The focus is on profiling the problem and extending the range of problems
registered. Links from problems to organizations (and their websites)
are given when the concern is specific. Since many of the problems are
highly controversial to some, attention is specifically given to the
inclusion of "counter-claims" denying the arguments substantiating
the problem. This is done to hold the often vigorous dynamics between
constituencies within the community of organizations. Every effort is
made to embody the language and perspective of the bodies sensitive to
such problems - rather than to reframe the arguments within a particular
This cumulative dataset of 42,000 strategy
profiles was first developed in the period 1984-86 as a feature of the Encyclopedia
of World Problems and Human Potential (having first completed a
substantial exercise to this end in 1921). Since 1994, the UIA has been
assiduous in registering the strategies advocated by international constituencies.
It has since been updated through a number of projects, most recently
with funding from the European Commission (1997-2000). The "strategies" are
those recognized or advocated by international constituencies, notably
those in the international organizations dataset. 33,000 strategies (with
240,000 links) *** Some 173,000 (hyper)links are provided to bibliographical
entries, organization entries, hierarchically related strategies (broader,
narrower, related), functional related strategies (aggravating and aggravated
by); reducing and reduced by). Profiles are linked to those in the dataset
on the problems they address. Attention is specifically given to the
inclusion of "counter-claims" denying the arguments in support
of the strategy.
From 1972, the UIA has endeavoured to register
the range of approaches to human development that is often the declared,
or underlying, objective of strategies advocated by individual organizations.
These have been profiled in a succession of editions of the Encyclopedia
of World Problems and Human Potential. The profiles of some 4,800
understandings of human development, and any associated modes of awareness,
are now made freely available over the web - embedded in an evolving
network of hyperlink relations between them. Holds 4,458 profiles of
concepts of human development (1407) and associated modes of awareness
(3049), as advocated by various international constituencies (possibly
associated with the strategies of international organizations, spiritual
movements, or psychotherapeutic disciplines). Over 15,200 interlinks.
From 1972, the UIA has endeavoured to register
the most comprehensive range of human values because of the manner in
which they underlie ability to perceive problems and guide strategies
in response to them. These have been profiled in a succession of editions
of the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential. The
profiles of some 3,200 human values are now made freely available over
the web - embedded in an evolving network of hyperlink relations between
them. In contrast with the other profiles above, this information is
an experiment in responding to the poly-semantic nature of value-terms
that is often at the origin of international misunderstanding. Holds
3,250 entries, extensively interlinked to address the challenge of synonyms,
antonyms (constructive and destructive values), and experimental clustering
into some 250 "value polarities". Entries link to relevant
problems and to concepts of human development. When displayed, links
to organizations and strategies associated with such values can also
be generated. Over 23,200 interlinks.
From 1972, the UIA has endeavoured to register
the most comprehensive range of unitary or transdisciplinary concepts
because of their fundamental role in understanding the nature of any
intyegrative approach to the challenges of world governance.Some have
been profiled in a succession of editions of the Encyclopedia of
World Problems and Human Potential. Some 719 profiles descriptive
of a wide range of understandings of integration, interdisciplinarity,
unity, etc. are now made avaiulable on the web.
In addition to intellectual property issues
associated directly with their URLs, international organizations are
increasingly challenged by issues of use and abuse of their logos --
as well as obtaining guidance on designs as yet unused. The UIA responded
to this in 1997 by producing a World Guide to Logotypes, Emblems
and Trademarks of International Organizations containing the logos
of 4,300 international organizations. This information is made available
on the web and linked to the organization profiles.
Statutes of international associations
As an extension of its registry activity
in profiling international bodies, the first edition of a compilation
of the legal statutes of these bodies was produced in 1984 as International
Association Statutes, but proved uneconomical. Links are currently
provided to the websites of the organizations.