INFOSTA (Information Science and Technology Association, Japan) is a non-profit
organization, and has been the association for promoting information professionals
leading better theories, search techniques, and technologies to improve
access to appropriate information. The purpose of INFOSTA is
to provide its members the opportunities for studying and discussing on
Information concerning information production, management, and research
for the study of effective use of information and its technology. Not only
for developing these knowledges and activities, but INFOSTA also supports
the diffusion of knowledge, and generalize the new method through
exchanging information, technology, and its transfer. INFOSTA believes
these activities will surely devote to the progress of information
science and technology, which will lead to the prosperity for business
1. Training Courses and Seminars
INFOSTA provides training programs not only for information specialists but for information end users who mainlyworking in R&D and planning sections in industry. Programs are for the training of professional database Searchers,Information Specialists, and Information Scientists, and other several courses for Chief Information Officers (CIO), andChief Strategy Officers (CSO) on recent topics what is the strategic use of information industry.
They sometimes visit the information-related organizations like Information Providers, Venders, Distributors, Associations& Agencies, and Libraries to hear the most efficient way to use these services. Seminar helps Information Specialists torefresh their knowledge and skills by providing lectures and discussions introducing the most recent topics from FAQ, as an example, and Internet. The schedules of the training programs are made up giving careful consideration to the mostrecent trends in the information world as well as members' requests each year.
2.Symposium for “INFOPRO 2007” (formally INFOSTA Symposium, Documentation Symposium)
II. QUALIFICATION OF DATABASE SEARCHERS
The examination started in 1985 aiming at encouraging database Searchers
to improve their skills and knowledge. The applicants who have passed the
elementary (Class 2) examination are admitted in the advanced (Class 1)
exam. These qualification examinations give the status for the Professional
Searchers, Information Specialists, and Information Scientists who has
been engaging information searching as their jobs in industry. The number
of applicants of the year 2006 was, Class 2 = 282 people, and Class 1 =
III. QUALIFICATION OF BASIC KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR DATABASE SEARCHING
This examination certifies the basic knowledge on information retrieval
of students and business people who wish to work at the information related
jobs, like library staff and supporting information searching staff, and
students studying Library Course at the Universities and Junior Colleges. Having knowledge on information retrieval has become a prerequisite for
the people who is working in the fields that require information as resources.
In response to this trend, INFOSTA started the “Basic Knowledge and Skills”
examination from 1993, and this examination has been a foundation to develop
information professionals in this country. The number of applicants of
the year 2006 was 854 people.
IV. RESEARCH ACTIVITIES
1. Online Database Users Group (OUG)
This group was organized to discuss issues encountered daily in database searching, such as selection of databases, search terms, query formula, and other various techniques. It also proposes and encouraging database producers or system providers to improve, or enhance their databases or searching system through the mutual communications Users and Providers.
In addition to the general assembly and lectures for all members, the following specialty groups meet regularly bases.
- Chemistry Study
- Life Science Study
- Internet/Business Study
- Patent Study
2. Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
SIGs are voluntary study groups of the members on specific topics. Each group meets in its own schedule and collects membership fee independently. Currently active SIGs include:
- Technical Journal Study
- Patent Documentation Study
- Classification/Thesaurus/Indexing Study
- Web Site Study
- Terminology Study
INFOSTA has long been engaged in promotion of standardization in information processing fields. INFOSTA, with the Standardization Committee as a focal point has been cooperated with ISO/TC46 (Information and Documentation) Group, and has prepared several Japan Industry Standard (JIS) draft proposals, and also
supporting the activity of “Standards for Information of Science and Technology (SIST)”.
4. Research on Copyright Issue
Development of new information media has raised various issues of copyright. INFOSTA has two studies, and one is to research for the movement of Japanese Copyright Law, and that of US and EU countries, and protest the opinions in Academic world. Another one is to give solutions for the member, as a group of information specialists, to propose appropriate consultation for Copyright Clearance issues from the aspects of users' side, beside for ensuring the protection of the rights of copyright holders.
1. The Journal of Information Science and Technology Association (Joho no Kagaku to Gijutsu)
This is an official INFOSTA's monthly journal for members, and also available each individual copy at bookstores. The feature of articles are for Information Professionals composed by the theory and practice of Information Science and also reviewing new technologies and trends in the global information world. It also publishes original papers, translations of papers published in foreign countries, book reviews and forum as well as lecture series for and by information professionals.
2. Other Monographs
INFOSTA has been publishing a number of books on information management practice including database searching technique for both novices and experienced searchers. All the publications are written in Japanese, except “Science Information in Japan, 4th Ed. 1994”. Please refer to the List of INFOSTA publications from the URL http://www.infosta.or.jp .The odder is acceptable from the URL or by mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
VI. CONTRACT SERVICES1. Diagnosis, Design and Improvement of Information Management Systems
INFOSTA helps any organization train information professionals or librarians. Trainers will be INFOSTA members with experiences in information management in general or those qualified as Consultant Engineers in the field of Information Processing or Production Management.
2. Production of Documents and Databases
INFOSTA provides cataloging, indexing and abstracting services for various in-house documents (periodicals, technical reports, annual reports, etc.) and literature search services.
3. Assisting Librarian
NFOSTA can help corporate and academic libraries organize their collections by their classification scheme and methods. Details will be arranged individually.
Joho Kagaku Gijutsu Kyokai (INFOSTA)
Sasaki Bldg., 7 Koishikawa-2, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112, Japan
INFOSTA(Information Science and Technology Association) is a non-profit professional association organized for promoting information activity in Japan and is dedicated to provide its members with opportunities for studying and discussing on various issues concerning information and its transfer.