The Documentation Centre houses a vast collection of documentary resources (currently more than 13,000 documents) accessible via a database where documents have been compiled, indexed and analysed using a bilingual French-English thesaurus designed specifically for OIE areas of activity.
The database compiles all the works and major reports, conference proceedings and journal articles published by the OIE and other institutions that are housed in OIE Headquarters and its documentation centre. In particular, the database includes all OIE periodicals and non-periodicals, as well as working papers by the OIE and organisations with which it has dealings.
Up to now the database has been reserved for OIE Headquarters staff and available solely via the Organisation’s intranet but, in January 2011, a more user-friendly version will feature on the new OIE website. So far the new version contains around 5,000 documents emanating from OIE activities between 1921 and 2010 (OIE publications and joint publications).
The new database features a system for searching the following documents by keyword (subject, language, source, year and author), in many instances providing access to the full text:
Older documents in the OIE archives, including reports published in the OIE Bulletin since it was first published in 1927, articles from the OIE Scientific and Technical Review between 1981 and 2001, World Animal Health reports since 1981 and OIE normative publications (codes and manuals) since they were first published were all included in the first digitisation programme, which was completed in 2010. The digitised content of these archives will be incorporated into the database, which will soon give access to the full range of documents arising from OIE activities since the Organisation was created in 1924.
 “The OIE digitise its archives and put them online”, OIE Bulletin, No 2009 – 1, p. 9.