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Consultative Scientific Committee

The Consultative Scientific Committee was created by a decision at the 13th Session of the General Assembly of the IBI as part of a larger initiative of reflection on the Organization, its present situation and its future prospects. The Scientific Committee was proposed as a supporting body to IBI programme activities which would meet every two years to study and propose state of the art technologies and their use for the socio-economic and cultural development of member states.

The series consists of correspondence about the Committee exchanged between 8 January to 2 February 1987. One of its sessions seems to have been held on 20-21 January 1987. Any possible official documents from these meetings are missing.

Country files

The External Relations service of the Cabinet of the Director-General was responsible for relations with member and non-member states. Files are organized by country and mostly contain correspondence. Other possible documents attached to the correspondence include: reports, meeting documents, and cooperation agreements. The original order of the series was maintained - the files are roughly in alphabetical order as each country was assigned a number such as, for example: C.1 Afghanistan, C.2 Albania, C.3 Algeria, etc. In seems that in most cases files dating from before 1982 are missing. This is most apparent for countries which had many exchanges with the IBI, such as Italy, France, Spain and the United States of America, for example. Files for those countries represent the bulk of the series.

Documentation files

La sous-série des dossiers thématiques est constituée de dossiers par thème regroupant des articles ou coupures de presse relatives à un un sujet donné. Il y a également des publications sur des thèmes divers concernant l'informatique. Les dossiers sont classés par code alphanumérique (code du centre de documentation). Plusieurs dossiers et pièces manquant une code se trouvent au fin de la sous-série - ils sont classés par ordre alphabétique.

Executive Council records

The Executive Council subfonds is arranged into the following series:
-IBI/2/1: Executive Council sessions
-IBI/2/2: Executive Council session transcriptions
-IBI/2/3: Reflection Committee
-IBI/2/4: Consultative Programme and Budget Committee
-IBI/2/5: Consultative Scientific Committee

Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics. Executive Council

Executive Council sessions

The IBI Executive Council met for 57 ordinary sessions and 4 extraordinary sessions. The series consists of an incomplete set of files on the sessions, containing the Council's decision and reports on the programme activities and finances of the Organization. The series starts at the 18th Session. Information on prior sessions can be found in the reference documents of the office of the Director-General of the IBI (series IBI/5/1/1).

External relations records

The External Relations service in the Cabinet of the Director-General was responsible for maintaining relations with member countries, non-member countries and organizations operating in the field of informatics (with or without formal cooperation agreements with the Organization). The service kept up-to-date information on the IBI's relations with these actors as well as reports on shared activities. The files consist primarily of correspondence exchanged between the IBI and the country or organization. Beyond letters, telegrams and telexes, the files include reports, brochures, and copies of agreements. The series has been arranged into three subseries:
-IBI/6/1/1 Governmental organization files
-IBI/6/1/2 Non-governmental organization files
-IBI/6/1/3 Country files

General Assembly Sessions

The General Assembly met for 13 ordinary sessions and 6 extraordinary sessions. The documents include information on: decisions made at each session; financial reports; and, reports on the activities and budget of the Organization. Records from the 8th session of the General Assembly are missing from the series.

General Assembly records

The General Assembly subfonds consists of four series:
-series IBI/1/1 contains the official documents of the General Assembly sessions
-series IBI/1/2 contains the official documents of the Management Committee
-series IBI/1/3 contains the transcriptions of debates at the General Assembly
-series IBI/1/4 contains sound recordings of some General Assembly and REVCO sessions

Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics. General Assembly

Governmental organization files

The subseries consists of files on international, regional and national governmental organizations that had official relations or some sort of exchange with the IBI. Most files are relatively thin, with the exception of the following: relations with UNESCO (IBI/6/1/1/34) and relations with UNCTAD (IBI/6/1/1/32). The files appear to be complete although it is likely, as with other series, that there are gaps in the correspondence for years prior to 1980.

History of the IBI

Subseries consists of a box of material marked "Histoire de l'IBI." It contains different types of documents relating to the creation of the IBI (starting in 1951), the Constitution Committee, and the provisional International Computation Centre. Copies of the legal agreements with the Italian government (headquarters agreement, official journal, decree, etc) are also in the files. In addition to this, there are also copies of memoranda reviewing the situation of the Organization and its future prospects. There is also a paper by the 'DEA' which documents the history of the organization from its creation through to the 1980s.

Information and documentation

The IBI Documentation Centre maintained a library of material related to informatics or information technologies. The material was organized according to thematic groupings which were assigned a classification code. The series has three subseries, including one on the history of the organization from its creation to the 1980s entitled "Histoire de l'IBI."

Legal Advisor records

Subfonds contains agreements between the IBI and state members, as well as files related to certain legal quesions. The subfonds appears to be incomplete. It has been arranged into three series:
-IBI/7/1 Cooperation agreements
-IBI/7/2 Legal affairs
-IBI/7/3 Correspondence

Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics. Legal Advisor

Liquidation Committee

The sousfonds contains financial and legal documents related to the liquidation of the IBI. It also contains working documents, meeting reports, correspondence as well as the documents, decisions and audio-recordings of the 6th Extraordinary Session of the General Assembly. The sousfonds also contains the flag of the IBI.

Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics. Liquidation Commitee

Management Committee records

The Management Committee met five times in the scope of its duties:
-16-18 March 1987
-27-29 April 1987
-16-18 June 1987
-23-24 July 1987
-16 November 1987
Beyond official documents issued from these meetings, the subfonds contains working documents (drafts, correspondence, agendas, etc) and a transcription of the fifth meeting.

Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics. Management Comittee

Outgoing correspondence

Subseries consists of outgoing mail as registered by the Secretariat of the Director General. The series is incomplete. Files prior to 1985 are missing except for one dating from 1983. There are small gaps in files from the beginning of 1985; however, files from that point onwards to 1988 are more complete.

Reference documents

The series consists mostly of summaries of the decisions taken and agendas for the meetings of the General Assembly and Executive Board. Although the material partly duplicates information found elsewhere, the series was retained to compensate for gaps in the subfonds IBI/1 General Assembly records and IBI/2 Executive Board records.

Reflection Committee

The Reflection Committee was established by a decision of the IBI Executive Council during its 54th session in April 1986. The Committee's purpose was to evaluate the present situation of the Organization and to reflect on future orientations and prospects. The Committee was composed of former Presidents of the governing bodies of the IBI - the General Assembly or the Executive Council. The series contains correspondence and records of the meeting of the Committee.

Secretariat of the Director-General records

The subfonds contains copies of outgoing mail as well as the IBI’s incoming and outgoing correspondence (letters and telexes). There are gaps in each of the series in the subfonds: IBI/5/1/1 Originals, IBI/5/1/2 Outgoing, and IBI/5/1/3 Telexes and telegrammes. For series IBI/5/1/1 Originals, mail is missing prior to the last trimester of 1982. After this time, the series is relatively complete and regular until the first trimester of 1988. Series IBI/5/1/2, Outgoing correspondence, is more fragmented and incomplete and does not contain any documents prior to 1983. Series 5/1/3 contains only a few files of incoming telexes and telegrams for the years 1986-1987.

Intergovernmental Bureau for Informatics. Secretariat of the Director-General

Working documents

Documents (in French, English and Spanish) and correspondence (from between 7 May to 30 June 1980, and 27 September 1985 to 18 February 1986) of the Study Group on the application of Article XIII of the Convention of the IBI and of the Consultative Programme and Budget Committee. The Study Group and Committee met in Rome, 7 May 1986.

Publications

The Publications service of the IBI was responsible for the production and distribution of the Organization's periodicals, such as, for example, Agora, IBI Press and the IBI Newsletter. The service was also responsible for the official documents for conferences, the working documents and the studies published by IBI. The audio-visual unit produced video and audio recordings of conferences, as well as audio-visual material publicizing the activities of the organization. The series contains all types of publications created by the IBI (reports, working documents, conference documents, etc.) in either draft form or in printed, final form which was ready for distribution within or outside the organization.

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