International Food Information Service (IFIS)
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CTA. 1993. International Food Information Service (IFIS). Spore 45. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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International Food Information Service (IFIS)IFIS is a specialist database producer. Its purpose is to advance public education, training, research and development in the field of food science and technology through its main database Food Science...
IFIS is a specialist database producer. Its purpose is to advance public education, training, research and development in the field of food science and technology through its main database Food Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA). FSTA summarizes as an 'abstract' each item of the world's literature that is relevant to food science and technology as it is published. FSTA is therefore an information source in itself, a pointer to thousands of other sources, and a barometer of what is new in research and development. FSTA is growing at the rate of nearly 18,000 entries per year and by the end of 1992 the overall number of entries totalled 415,000. These cover basic sciences relevant to food (biochemistry, microbiology, biotechnology, toxicology, etc.) as well as food processing, food products, and economics and legislation. The abstracts provide a concise, informative summary of the original item, and special arrangements for access to the original literature are in place for users who cannot obtain it locally. FSTA and its photocopy back-up service provide a lead into the world's literature on food science and technology and stress the importance of applying research to development activities. FSTA is available in print, online and on magnetic tape, and on compact disc (CD-ROM). The CD-ROM version of FSTA is fast and easy to search using Silver Platter information retrieval software (SPIRS). Quarterly updates of FSTA on CD-ROM are available from 1993. As a new service IFIS offers Food science profiles (FSP) which are monthly bibliographies retrieved from FSTA with a choice of 30 tailored food topics. They are available in print as well as on diskette suitable for use with micro-CDS/ISIS. IFIS' policy for the future is to provide information services on food that meet the needs of people in the research and development, industrial, teaching and government sectors. Identifying information needs that could be met by new products and services for a worldwide clientele in this way is a major undertaking for the next few years. Collaborative arrangements with national institutions will be encouraged where it is practicable and beneficial to both sides. IFIS GmbH Melibocusstr. 52 6000 Frankfort am Main 71 GERMANY Latest statistics and information as of 2016: • Company Name: IFIS Publishing • Database Updates: FSTA® grows at a rate of roughly 70,000 entries per year • Database Size: FSTA’s total records are in excess of 1.2 millionLatest statistics and information as of 2016: • Company Name: IFIS Publishing • Database Updates: FSTA® grows at a rate of roughly 70,000 entries per year • Database Size: FSTA’s total records are in excess of 1.2 million