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EUSIDIC, NFAIS to Form Global Alliance of Information Services

Magazine article Information Today

EUSIDIC, NFAIS to Form Global Alliance of Information Services

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The European Association of Information Services (EUSIDIC) and the National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services (NFAIS) have announced their intent to merge their operations into a global alliance of information services, subject to the completion of plans and the approval of NFAIS and EUSIDIC members.

Under the plan, EUSIDIC and NFAIS will retain their separate identities, governance structures, and programs. In merging operations, the two will form an umbrella organization--"the global alliance"--that will seek additional partners in other parts of the world. The umbrella organization will focus on global issues, common strategies, and shared goals, while NFAIS and EUSIDIC will retain full control over their national/regional agendas.

The alliance will initially bring together NFAIS's membership of approximately 50 information providers with EUSIDIC's membership of approximately 100 information services, intermediaries, users, and providers. The two organizations will share a secretariat.

"The alliance is mutually beneficial to both organizations," said EUSIDIC chair Daphne Tomlinson, of Siemens Building Technologies AG, in Switzerland. "EUSIDIC will bring a large membership base representing a broad spectrum of the European information industry, and NFAIS will offer a more solid machinery. The synergistic effects of joining with NFAIS in common administrative operations are obvious. With this alliance, both organizations will achieve a critical mass, allowing improved membership services and the possibility to shape and influence the global policy and research agenda of the alliance. …

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