The UIA has considerable experience with regard to the
management of sensitive registries and the development of associated
services in a techno-centric environment. It has demonstrated unique
expertise in reconciling the capacity to sustain an information-focused
relation with a large number of registered entities with the evolving
range of technologies, despite the often problematic political, social
and economic environment within which this needs to be done.
Interactive data collection
Of great importance in taking on the management role
of such a critical resource is the awareness, as a result of decades
of experience, of UIA relative to the management and strategic issues
in striking a balance between rapidly evolving technological opportunities
and the legitimate sensitivity of many organizations to being over-questioned,
over-exposed, and the target of increasingly quantities of unsolicited
communications and harassment - as a result of listing in a registry,
however carefully it is designed for their benefit. Currently any user
in the organization community can respond interactively to the profiles
in the various databases
Sources: The prime sources of information are the international networks
of governmental and civil society bodies profiled in the organizations
database -- notably through the documents they produce, especially on the
web. The information is selectively restructured to reflect the insights
of constituencies with very different concerns, rather than being reconciled
with an imposed conceptual scheme. Special effort is made to reflect both
claims and counter-claims with respect to particular problems or strategies
in order to capture the dynamics between concerned parties and to facilitate
dialogue between different perspectives.
Strategies have been developed to respond more effectively to the ever-increasing
amount of information and its availability on the web although this is
a major challenge in the case of meeting information.
Comprehensive data sets
The many data sets developed and maintained by the UIA
tend to have a comprehensive scope. The majority have had, since 1986,
a common field structure and are maintained, under parameter control,
through the same interface and routines.
The UIA has specialized for nearly a century in registering
a variety of entities of international significance, according to opportunity
and within the constraints of circumstances and resources. In addition
to recognition of this function by intergovernmental organizations, the
UIA partnered in a bid to manage the registry function of the .ORG web
domain. In relation to its registration and profiling activities, the
UIA is obliged to engage in a variety of authentication processes according
to criteria that it has established in the light of experience and in
consultation with various bodies over the years.
The UIA presentation of data embodies a commitment to
referral the source organization, or alternative sources, rather than
any restriction of the user to UIA facilities.