According to its chronology and very first evidence available, the Iranian Research Institute for Information Science and Technology was initially established as "Iranian Documentation Center" in September 23, 1968. This research institute is known as "IranDoc".
According to its Statute and Strategic Plan, IranDoc focuses on research, science and technology information management, education, research and information services collaborations, and supporting science and technology policy-making.
In so doing, IranDoc focuses on the following activities:
★ Conducting research in the field of information science, knowledge management, and science and technology policy
★ Analyzing and indexing information produced in different areas of science and technology
★ Delivering a wide range of educational and degree programs to empower researchers and practitioners in the field with needed knowledge and competencies
★ Conducting collaborative research projects and information services
★ Producing effective solutions to support science and technology policy-making
As a research institute, IranDoc benefits from several research departments, research labs, researchers and faculty members who support IranDoc to meet its mission.
IranDoc members have successfully conducted hundreds of research projects whose outcomes have been published in various formats including research reports, journal articles, conference papers, talks and seminars.
Iranian Journal of Information Processing and Management, as the only national award-winning peer-reviewed scholarly journal in Iran in 2015, is another research output of IranDoc. This journal has been published since 1972. In October 2010this journal was indexed in Scopus and ISC.
In its Annual National Conference of Information Technology Managers, IranDoc brings together experts to address the latest trends in the field of Information Technology Management in Iran. The national award for best information technology innovation, known as Faab award, is given to the most innovative person or organization in this symposium every year to acknowledge and encourage creativity in the field.
Owing to its extensive research outputs, since 1971 IranDoc has been able to serve the research needs of Iranian scholars and practitioners.
IranDoc has started science and technology information management since 1967. Owing to its dedication, IranDoc could gather and organize all scientific information and documents produced by the Iranians. These documents are now available in the form of several websites and databases.
IranDoc website has been ranked as the 500 top websites in the world for many years now.
Iran Scientific Information Database, known as Ganj (meaning Treasure in Farsi and a metaphor for Iran Treasure of Knowledge), consists of over 1,000,000 documents of which the majority are theses and dissertations produced by the Iranians in Iran and abroad. Ganj is considered as the largest and the oldest database of technical and scientific information in Iran which attracts thousands of visitors and hosts tens of thousands search activities per day.
IranDoc is the national center for registration of Iranian theses and dissertation and it is the only national archive which preserves information on Iranian research proposals, theses and dissertations. This includes the dissertations and theses of Iranian graduates who have studied abroad. The largest number of research projects and governmental reports has also been registered in IranDoc.
Analyzing information and producing value-added services is another major part of the IranDoc's mission. Some of the results of this work is well-traceable in IranDoc solutions and services as follows:
✦ Literature Review System: serving researchers and students with a concise and focused literature review report on their topic in Ganj;
✦ Similarity-Check System: control similarity of Farsi Manuscripts. Content of each manuscript is checked against with around 150,000 Farsi theses and dissertations;
✦ Iran Science, Research and Technology Quality- Controlled Information Gateway;
✦ Bilingual Scientific and Technical Thesauri;
✦ Online dictionaries;
✦ Authority Lists;
✦ One-Stop Research Guide for Iranian Researchers;
✦ Iran Manual of Style Website: A Farsi guide on how to cite to Farsi and English resources;
For over four decades, IranDoc has delivered thousands of hours of trainings in hundreds of short terms courses to Iranian researchers and scholars across the country. These courses have been delivered both in traditional and virtual formats and, due to a high-demand, some have been repeated for over 200 times.
IranDoc also offers PhD programs in the field of Information Technology Management and Library and Information Science. PhD students at IranDoc conduct their researches on a various range of applied and demand-based topics.
IranDoc is a pioneer and one of the coordinating bodies in facilitating and supporting information services collaboration and partnership in Iran. Its first official collaborative effort returns back to 1968, started with a national Interlibrary Loan Program which enabled libraries share their resources.
Since 1995, IranDoc implemented another innovative collaborative program, known as Ghadir (Libraries' Nationwide Membership), which enhanced end-users' direct access to the resources of academic libraries across the country. Based on Ghadir, the MSRT universities who became a member of Ghadir are able to directly use all resources and services of other universities who were also a member of Ghadir.
Since 2008, IranDoc has been the office for MSRT Consortium for Scientific Resources Acquisition. This consortium provides the MSRT universities and research institutes with scholarly information delivered by international publishers such as Springer, Elsevier, IEEE, Ebsco, ScienceDirect etc.
IranDoc has also close collaborations with international organizations such as IFLA and TermNet to boost its performance.
Research Supply-Demand Portal is another solution delivered by IranDoc that facilitates communication and collaboration between researchers, who have an idea, and industries and institutes, who are interested in investing on the ideas. This portal, simply, facilitates collaboration between researchers and investors across the country.
From its very early days of establishment, national policy in the field of scientific information has been at the center of IranDoc's research agenda. The first proposal in this regard was drafted in 1976. Policy making in the field of science and technology in Iran requires certain types of information. IranDoc provides the stakeholders with such information via National Research Information System, known as SEMAT,
IranDoc is also the founder of the first Observatory Center for Research and Technology, consisting of several dashboards for policy makers in the field of information, science and technology. This includes:
✦ Research projects dashboard;
✦ Theses and dissertations dashboard;
✦ Similarity-check dashboard.
In addition to these dashboards, IranDoc has developed several services and solutions which assist Iranian science and technology policy-makers. This includes:
✦ Information Resources Website on Science, Technology, and Innovation Indicators
✦ World Status of Iran in Science, Technology and Innovation Website
✦ Iran Knowledge: Iranians' Contribution to the World Knowledge
IranDoc is the Iran representative of Asia Pacific Information Network (APIN) directed by the UNESCO "Information for All" program.