United Nations Yearbook Collection: CD-ROM Case Study

United Nations Yearbook CD-ROMsThe Yearbook of the United Nations has been the primary reference work on the Organization since 1946. It details the many activities of the Organization and its organs, programs and bodies, as they are carried out in all corners of the globe.

Produced for the United Nations by Document Solutions, this valuable collection of more than fifty years worth of Yearbooks is available on CD-ROM.

The “Collection”, on two CD-ROMs, includes all 53 volumes of the United Nations Yearbook published to date. Users of the CD-ROMs can access the 59,472 pages of text and indices in a familiar environment. The Index search enables users to follow an issue across volumes, tracking the many fundamental changes that the Organization has seen over the years. Even more specific full text searches are possible in any particular Yearbook. The familiar Yearbook format has been retained to make it as easy to browse, as it is to search for specific information.

In recognizing the broad audience for the United Nations Yearbook, the CD-ROMs have been designed to work in Windows, Macintosh, Linux and UNIX environments. The Collection is also available in two versions, one designed for the single user, which can be used on personal computers, and the other designed for use on computer networks. This latter version will make it possible for institutions, such as libraries or government offices, to make the Collection accessible to anyone that has access to their networks.

Key Features of the United Nations Yearbook Collection

  • Includes every volume published (1946-2000) – a total of 54 volumes on just two CD-ROMs
  • The Collection can be searched across all available volumes using an index search
  • Any particular Yearbook can be searched using the full-text search
  • Bookmark feature provides instant access to chapters within volumes
  • All volumes presented in this collection are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and are identical to those in print format
  • The CDs work in Windows, Macintosh, Linux and UNIX environments

The Yearbook is an indispensable reference tool for the research community, diplomats, government officials and anyone seeking information on the UN system and its related organizations.

To learn more, please visit the website of United Nations Publications, or visit the UN’s catalog page for this CD-ROM project.