January 27, 2022

United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Begins Digitization of its Publications and Official Documents

From UNEP:

UNEP’s Division of Communication and Public Information (DCPI) has launched a trailblazing new project to digitize the organization’s books, reference materials and other publications.

The initiative – among the first of its kind in the UN system – is a collaboration between DCPI, which coordinates UNEP’s library and publishing services, and the UN Office at Nairobi print shop, and exemplifies the “working as one” slogan long advocated within the UN. The print shop will be providing technical know-how, while the library will see that the scanned documents are searchable and accessible to staff and researchers worldwide. Some 3,000 books – along with many other publications, some dating back to UNEP’s inception in 1972 – will be scanned and archived.


The scanner, a 73-kilo behemoth which can scan up to 2,400 pages per hour, was donated by United Nations Headquarters in New York. A pilot project involving 20 documents of different varieties is currently underway, with the goal of creating a streamlined, customized workflow to digitize UNEP’s collection over the next several years.

The scanned documents will be captured as PDFs, then added to the UNEP document repository. Scanning also provides the potential to search the contents of documents and convert them to other user-friendly formats. In the future, they could even be published as e-books.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.