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A brief history of the ISSN

  • 1972: A provisional agreement was signed between UNESCO and the French Government to create the ISSN International Centre (CIEPS) in order to manage an International Serials Data System (ISDS).
  • 1972-1986: Marie Rosenbaum, Director of the ISSN International Centre.
  • 1973: publication of the ISDS Guidelines.
  • November, 14th, 1974: Signature of the agreement for the creation of the ISSN International Centre between France and UNESCO. Signatories are Mr René Maheu, General Director of UNESCO, and Mr Pierre Maillard, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO.
  • 1974: The ISSN International Centre moves to new premises at 20 rue Bachaumont, Paris 2ème.
  • September 1974: Distribution of the Bulletin de l’ISDS, bimonthly published in 1500 copies where 2500 new titles are added to each distribution.
  • 1975: Creation of the ISDS Register using five existing files from Biosis, le Bulletin signalétique of CNRS, Chemical Abstract Services, Georef and INSPEC.
  • January 1976: The ISSN International Centre becomes self-sufficient and is not managed anymore by the Bibliothèque nationale française.
  • 1976: The ISDS Register contains 50000 titles and increases by2000 additional titles per month.
  • October, 13th and 14th, 1976: Meeting of the first ISSN Governing Board.
  • 1974 -1979: The following countries accede to the ISSN Statutes : Indonesia (1974), Argentina (1976), Belgium (1976), Canada (1976), Germany (1976), Ireland (1976), Brazil (1977), Hungary (1977), Finland (1978), Nigeria (1978), Norway (1978), Poland (1978), Spain (1978), Switzerland (1978), United-Kingdom (1978), United States of America (1978), Senegal (1979), Sweden (1979)
  • 1983: publication of the ISDS Manual.
  • 1984: publication of the ISDS News.
  • 1980 à 1989: The following countries accede to the ISSN Statutes : Denmark (1980), Colombia (1981), Philippines (1982), Portugal (1983), Australia (1984), China (1985), India (1985), Malaysia (1985), Singapore (1985), Thailand (1985), Egypt (1987), Greece (1988), Venezuela (1988), Algeria (1989).
  • 1981: The Register contains 135 000 ISSN records and increases annually by  30 000 new records.
  • 1987: Judith Szilvassy, Acting  Director of the ISSN International Centre.
  • 1987: Mission of Mrs Cynthia Durance related to the development strategy of the ISSN International Centre entitled “ISDS Planning Framework Study”.
  • 1987: Development of the OSIRIS system (Online Serials Registration Information and Inquiry System) for the computerization of the National Centres.
  • 1988: Christine Deschamps, Director of the ISSN International Centre.
  • 1989-1998: Suzanne Santiago, Director of the ISSN International Centre
  • 1993: The ISDS Network becomes the ISSN Network.
  • 1990-1999: The following countries accede to the ISSN Statutes : Korea (1990), Romania (1990), Bulgaria (1991), Jamaica (1991), Uruguay (1991), Croatia (1992), Saudi Arabia (1992), Turkey (1992), Ecuador (1993), Lithuania (1993) , Chili (1994), Costa Rica (1994), Estonia (1994), Macedonia (1994), Cyprus (1995), Latvia (1995), Slovenia (1995), Georgia (1996), Niger (1997), Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998), Benin (1999), Burkina Faso (1999), Seychelles (1999).
  • 1998-2014: Françoise Pellé, Director of the ISSN International Centre.
  • 2014: Gaëlle Béquet, Director of the ISSN International Centre.
  • 2000-2015: The following countries accede to the ISSN Statutes : Island (2000), Kirghizstan (2000), Tunisia (2000), Iran (2002), Mauritius (2002), Armenia (2003), Bahrain (2005), Bolivia (2005), Moldavia (2005), Vietnam (2005), Mali (2006), Sudan (2006), Luxembourg (2008), Montenegro (2008), Nepal (2008), Serbia (2008), Uzbekistan (2008), Namibia (2009), Dominican Republic (2010), Lesotho (2010).

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