UNESCO.ORG | Education | Natural Sciences | Social & Human Sciences | Culture | Communication & Information


Communication and Information Activities

CDS/ISIS database software

UNESCO and Information processing tools

WEBLIS is a free-of-charge Web based Library Integrated System based on CDS/ISIS.
The system has been developed by the Institute for Computer and Information Engineering (ICIE), Poland, based on their experience in building library systems for international organizations such as FAO, IFAD and GTZ. WEBLIS runs through the WWW-ISIS engine, also developed by ICIE.

21 September 2007: New release and documentation of WEBLIS
Download WEBLIS August, 2007 release
Download WEBLIS August, 2007 Documentation

The current version of WEBLIS, available in English, consists of the following modules:

• Cataloguing system
• OPAC (search)
• LOAN module
• Statistical module

Cataloguing system
The cataloguing module allows one to catalogue the following record types:
• books - monographic and monographic-series levels (M and MS)
• papers from book (AM, AMS)
• papers from journals (AS)
• journals (S)
• miscellaneous (slides, photos, audio, video, etc)
The cataloguing module is supported by WWW-ISIS data entry facilities, thus providing powerful validation tools and very friendly interface with lookup tables, connected on-line thesaurus, possibilities to define default values, and many.

OPAC (on-line public access catalogue)
The OPAC module provides:
• basic and advanced search,
• History,
• Saving queries function, and
• ISIS Query language facilities
• thesaurus based search
Additionally, it is possible to implement other WWW-ISIS functions, e.g. download functions (ISO2709, text, rtf).

The LOAN module fully controls loan related procedures such as:
• hold/reserve
• loan/ renew
• automatic claiming (by e-mail or a traditional mail in word form)
• urgent task lists

Other LOAN module features:
• The module is fully integrated with the catalogue
• The librarian can define various rules for various library material types and user groups.
• The rules are checked when a loan /renew /reserve operation is attempted
• To ensure confidentiality and to protect the patron records the following security features are necessary:
o The ability to limit access to the patron database for authorized staff members only.
o Once an ITEM is returned there is no history linking it back to the specific user.
Note: After returning a book the LOAN record is still stored for statistics. Only the link to PATRON will be removed (except for the corporate patron).
• Barcodes/magnetic cards for patrons and/or books can be implemented, but are not obligatory
• Advanced free text search functions can be used for searching among users or items.
• Various statistics can be produced in order to analyze the library activities.

This module works locally in Windows environment. The main goal of the program is to generate statistical data aggregated from the CDS/ISIS databases. The system works directly on the ISIS database. In order to perform a statistical analysis one has to define a spreadsheet. Once a spreadsheet is defined, it can be executed many times on a given database. Each run of the spreadsheet generates a result. The results are stored in a special ISIS database. They are identified by a spreadsheet name and the date of running it (you can collect statistics from various periods, and then compare them)


WEBLIS is a freeware, implemented on WWW-ISIS as a platform. Its functionality and user interface is just “coded” by HTML, print formatting language, definition files and HTP files. If you upgrade the system by changing any of those files and would like to include your contribution to the system, please contact us.

The WWW-ISIS software has been developed by ICIE and CC with strong support from FAO WAICENT (both financial and conceptual).
WEBLIS has been developed by ICIE with strong support of FAO, GTZ and IFAD.