The representatives from the 88 countries that belong to the ISSN network will gather on June 12th and 13th, 2014 at UNESCO in Paris. The General Assembly meets every two years for defining the wide-ranging orientations of the Centre’s activities and electing the members of the Governing Board.
At this 20th meeting, representatives will debate about current main issues such as:
- the evolution of serials from print to electronic,
- the Open Access movement and ROAD portal implemented by the International Centre with the support of UNESCO,
- the international cooperation with partners engaged in digital preservation and serials identification,
- the ISSN strategy for the years to come.
The ISSN International Centre was established in Paris in 1976, as a result of an agreement between UNESCO and the Government of France to work with its Member Countries on the identification and promotion of serial publications, through the assignment of a unique identification code which facilitates access to serial titles for all users of serial literature whether in print or non-print formats.
The Centre, through its network of national centres and its services, provides its Member Countries with access to quality information concerning serial publications worldwide.
ISSN identification also supports UNESCO’s activities and the Information for All Programme’s (IFAP) efforts on digital preservation and the open access to scientific information. Recently, for instance, a beta version of the Directory of Open Access scholarly resources (ROAD) was launched as a service offered by the ISSN International Centre with the support of the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO.