International Association for Sports Information
Founded in September 1960 in Rome, the primary mission of the International Association for Sports Information (IASI) is to stimulate and support activities in the field of international documentation, and promote the dissemination of information to physical educators, sport scientists, documentalists and sport researchers.
IASI is a unique international association, which brings together a worldwide network of information experts, librarians, sport scientists and managers of sport libraries, information and documentation centres.
For details on the structure and procedures of the association, consult the Statutes and Bylaws section.
The initial stimulus for IASI began in the late 1950s with communication among sport scientists and information specialists in east and west European countries. Lead by professors Walther Arnold, Dr. Josef Recla and Julien Falize, the first meeting of an initial group took place in 1959 in Schielleiten. Conference participants were concerned about the work of the sports libraries and wished to rationalize, standardize and cooperate on the informational and documentation tasks in the emerging field of sport sciences. This resulted in the establishment of the Bureau for Documentation and Information (BDI) within the framework of the International Council for Sport and Physical Education (ICSPE/CIEPS). BDI soon after evolved into an independent organization, IASI.
Throughout the 1960s and 1970s work centered on the establishment of sport documentation centres, working on sport terminology, creating a thesaurus, and introducing new technologies to enhance the identification, description and dissemination of sport information. The 1980s saw IASI become a worldwide organization, with English as its primary language of communication. The exchange of primary and secondary sources of sport information, the establishment of the SPORT Database as the recognized international sport database, and the support of UNESCO in it documentation efforts were the primary focus of the organization's work.
In the 1990s hopes for the amalgamation of the SPOLIT database with SPORT did not come to fruition, however Australia's National Sport Information Centre became an important, major contributor to SPORTDiscus (the current name of the SPORT Database). During this decade IASI became a recognized organization by the IOC, produced a World Directory of Sport Libraries, Information and Documentation Centres (1996) and a brochure, established a listserv, IASI-L that provided better communication for the membership.
For a more detailed account of IASI history see the Publications section for the IASI publication, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: Better Sport Documentation Through International Cooperation (IASI, 1994).
Note: Information about the history, structure and constitution of IASI is available in other languages. Click on the appropriate box:
IASI Goals and Objectives
Recent Activities Resulting from Goals and Objectives
Executive Structure of IASI and Elected Officials, 2001-2005
IASI is a worldwide organization with institutional and personal members in more than 70 countries. IASI offers three types of membership: Institutional, Personal and Honorary. You can join IASI by completing and returning the membership application form and the appropriate membership fee. For a list of members, see the IASI Membership List.
Current Ad Hoc Working Groups, 2001-2002
Regional Groups and Networks
A.S.I.A. (Asian Sports Information Association)
AUSPIN (Australasian Sport Information Network)
CPLP-Sport (Comunidado des Paises de Lingua Portuguesa - Sport / Portuguese Speaking Countries Community - Sport)
IASI - Europe
NASLIN (North American Sport Library Network)
SPORTCOM (Asociación Iberoamericana de Información Deportiva)
SPRIG (Sport & Recreation Information Group)
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