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   64th IFLA General Conference
   August 16 - August 21, 1998


Code Number: 152-133-E
Division Number: V.
Professional Group: Government Information and Official Publications
Joint Meeting with: -
Meeting Number: 133.
Simultaneous Interpretation:   No

Between Governments and Researchers: OECD Information, a Two-Way Flow

Peter Raggett
OECD Central Library
Paris, France
E-mail: peter.raggett@oecd.org


The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) both gathers and disseminates information. The presentation will demonstrate some of the information that the OECD makes available to researchers all over the world, concentrating on material published via the Internet. In addition, there will be a discussion of work that the OECD Central Library is doing to gather information to aid researchers working in the organisation. These include the provision of information files on certain "horizontal projects" which entail the Library providing periodical articles, electronic documents and links to relevant Internet sites. Some of these latter will also be of interest to researchers working on similar topics.


1. Introduction

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) is located in Paris and has 29 member countries. The predecessor to the OECD, the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC), was founded in 1948 in order to oversee the Marshall Plan of United States aid to Europe after the Second World War. In 1961 the European countries together with the United States and Canada faced a new challenge: to make their rebuilt economies thrive in a world where international interdependence was increasingly becoming the norm. Thus it was that the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation became the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development . In the convention signed in 1961, the OECD is charged with promoting policies to:

These aims are still valid today and the OECD's mission remains to promote economic growth and development in Member and non-Member countries, and to contribute to an open international trade and investment system. These aims are achieved through co-operative effort on the part of the Member countries. The purpose of this paper is to describe the OECD both as information provider and as information consumer. The organisation provides information to researchers through its archives, statistics and publications. It uses information from many sources including that provided by the Central Library and the Library Intranet pages.

PART B - The OECD as an information consumer

C. Conclusions

It is an obvious truism that the better the quality of the input information, the better the quality of the output. The OECD has a justified reputation for the accuracy and quality of its analyses and of its data. To keep to their high standards OECD economists and statisticians must have access to the latest accurate information on a topic or a geographical area. The Central Library is playing a major part in finding and providing quality information and data from both traditional sources and newer ones like the Internet. The economists and statisticians then take this information and provide the data and publications which the OECD makes available for policy makers, researchers and the private sector all over the world.


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