is a software
package for generalised Information Storage and Retrieval systems
developed, maintained and disseminated by UNESCO
. It was first released in 1985 and since then over 20,000 licences
have been issued by UNESCO and a worldwide network of distributors. It is particularly suited to bibliographical applications and is used for the catalogues
of many small and medium-sized libraries
. Versions have been produced in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish amongst other languages. UNESCO makes the software available free for non-commercial purposes, though distributors are allowed to charge for their expenses.
CDS/ISIS is an acronym which stands for Computerised Documentation Service / Integrated Set of Information Systems. In 2003 it was stated that "This package is accepted by libraries in the developing countries as a standard software for information system development".
The original CDS/ISIS ran on an IBM mainframe
and was designed in the mid 1970s under Mr Giampaolo Del Bigio for UNESCO's Computerized Documentation System (CDS). It was based on the internal ISIS (Integrated Set of Information Systems) at the International Labour Organization
In 1985 a version was produced for mini- and microcomputers programmed in Pascal. It ran on an IBM......