Information Exchange

1) Information Databases Management and Dissemination 
The Programme aims at the development, maintenance and dissemination of databases on science, technology and innovation to support information/data provision for research, policy and decision-making regarding various aspects of science and technology and its integration in national. Part of the effort in this programme is to reach out and tap into the international databases through collaborative arrangements on data/information exchanges. The purpose of such collaborations is to enable Kenyan scientists to gain access to scientific information that responds and services their needs.

NACOSTI has sustained international collaborative ST&I information exchange with Pan African Development Information System (PADIS).

2) Roundtables on ST&I
Roundtables on ST&I aim at providing a platform for sharing views, information, and analyses related to harnessing science and technology for sustainable development. Issues discussed upon which reports are prepared and analyzed include legal and regulatory frameworks, public-private cooperation, Skills and manpower and technologies. This platform is a source of information that helps identify issues to address and the likely collaborators/partners locally and internationally. To provides a forum for sharing views, information, and analyses related to harnessing science and technology for sustainable development.

This financial year, 2012/13 the roundtable focused on demystifying Science and Technology to help the Kenyan public engage in the democratic process of Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) in the country. NACOSTI also organizes an annual forum on Intellectual Property Management.

3) Nuclear Information
The International Nuclear Information System  (INIS) was established in 1969 by International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA)  and it is operated by the agency in collaboration with member states and international organizations.  INIS is by far the largest IAEA database on nuclear science and technology, and continually evolves and adjusts to changes in political and technological information requirements, the needs of its users and new information management practices.

The main objective of INIS is to foster the exchange of scientific and technical information on peaceful uses of atomic energy. Since its establishment, INIS has been successfully involved in; creating reservoir of nuclear information for current and future generations, providing quality nuclear services and assisting with the development of a culture of information and knowledge sharing.

Kenya became a member in 1993 and established its National INIS Centre at the Commission in 2007 through technical cooperation with IAEA. Activities of the Centre include: Collection and preparation of INIS inputs from scientific and technical reports, conference papers, books, patents, theses, laws, regulations and standards; Classification and indexing ; preservation of non-conventional nuclear publications and  promotion of INIS to increase its awareness, its products and services, and highlight benefits for the current potential users.