The database, which is integrated within ODIS, constitutes the core of NISE. Over the last year it has been further developed, with its launch foreseen for 2011.
The NISE database is integrated into ODIS, assisting in the process the Flemish database with its own international new prototype. NISE retains however a specific interface and OPAC of its own. Over the last year, the labels, input interfaces, search lists and help screens have been gradually translated into English. They also have to be adapted to an international environment. This involves a.o. the reappraisal of some of the more context bound authority lists: geographical key-words, political functions, political organs, occupations, decorations and honours, educational levels and legal status.
This, together with the technical complexity of an international and integrated environment, as well as the need for a test entry stage, will put the date for the operationalisation of the NISE database in 2011.
In the meantime the data collected as a result of a number of projects now being carried out within the NISE framework, are already being entered, into a provisional database.