The OIE and Its Electronic Publishing
Created in 1924 by an International Agreement signed by 28 countries, the Office International des Epizooties (World Organisation for Animal Health) held its first meeting in March 1927. In 2003 OIEÃ Ã Â¢ s missions have changed a little, and its main objectives are to ensure transparency in the animal health situation throughout the world, to collect, analyse and disseminate scientific veterinary information, to strengthen international coordination and cooperation in the control of animal diseases, to promote the safety of world trade of animals and animal products, to improve the legal framework and resources of Veterinary Services and to develop international standards in animal welfare and animal production food safety. To achieve these goals, the OIE operates through different commissions, working groups and ad hoc groups and cooperates with several International organisations. The results of their activities give rise to publications: OIE International Standards, Terrestrial Animal Health Code, Aquatic Animal Health Code, Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial animals, Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Aquatic Animals, Information Publications, Disease Information (weekly), Bulletin (quarterly), World Animal Health (annual), Scientific Publications, Scientific and Technical review (3 issues a year), Technical Items presented to the International Committee and to Regional Commission (annual), International Scientific Conferences, Thematic publications. Many of these are also available on the OIE Website and this paper will describe how and why the OIE decided to put them online.