Unethical archival procedures Irresponsible librarianship Irresponsible information system design Corruption of documentalists Irresponsible data handling Deliberate misleading identification Unethical practices in classification Misconduct of librarians Negligent bibliographic practices Abuse of cataloguing
Under pressure from their employers, documentalists may bias the collection of information and the ways through which it may be accessed. These practices may include: the refusal of access, the refusal to hold certain categories of document (if they are considered offensive to certain scientific, moral, religious or aesthetic principles), biased classification of documents (possibly to the point of rendering them unretrievable), tampering with documents (including forgery, theft and destruction of documents), idiosyncratric design of classification systems to render access incompatible with other documentation systems, dispensing inaccurate or misleading information on the contents of the collection and the availability of documents, reservation of documents for users in exchange for financial or other favours.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.