Talk:Administrative Instruction ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2

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The original is available at the UN at [1], but may not be accessible from behind a firewall. Lupo 09:57, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Also available at [2] --Pmsyyz 07:43, 23 December 2006 (UTC)

Neither of those links work. Try http://www.undemocracy.com/ST-AI-189-Add.9-Rev.2.pdf

Verifying this[edit]

Someone (via my en.wp talk page) asked me to expand on how I verified this. I hope this helps.

Many UN documents can be accessed through links of the form: http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2 where the part after the m= is the formal name of the document. That doesn't get you directly to the document, but it gets you a page of links (blue buttons), to editions of the document in different languages. Those links go through a number of redirections until they eventually end up with a PDF, which you can download.

I did that, for this document, and found that it did match what is here at Wikisource. I then used the same type of link ( http://www.un.org/Docs/journal/asp/ws.asp?m=ST/IC/2007/1 ) to download the "United Nations Index to administrative issuances" for 2007 (which I had found out about because the original uploader, Physchim62, mentioned the 2006 edition, along with it's formal title). Having downloaded that, I verified that it lists this document. The actual text is:

ST/AI/189/Add.9/  17/9/87  Copyright in United Nations publications:    Supersedes
Rev.2                      general principles, practice and procedure   ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.1 on
ST/AI/189/Add.9/  25/2/92                                               an experimental basis;  see
Rev.2/Add.2                                                             also ST/AI/189/Add.27

I inferred that the listing of this document in that index means it is in effect because of the following paragraph, near the top of the index document: "(b) ST/AI/- series. These administrative instructions prescribe instructions and procedures for the implementation of Secretary-General's bulletins, and they also set forth office practices and procedures to be applied in more than one department of the Secretariat. These instructions remain in effect from a given date until specifically amended or abolished;"

You may wonder what Administrative Instruction ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2/Add.2, Administrative Instruction ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.1 and Administrative Instruction ST/AI/189/Add.27 say. Happily, the first two have been added to Wikisource already (and I'll get to work on the third when I can, or you can just download it from the UN using the above URL form...)

The important part of ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.2/Add.2 is what I quoted in the footnote on this page: the experimental period is set to continue "until [issues related to design, database & software copyright] have been resolved in a further revision to that instruction".

ST/AI/189/Add.9/Rev.1 is the old copyright policy of the UN, which was more prohibitive -- but it is not currently in effect, as you can see from the statement in the index, above.

ST/AI/189/Add.27 is just a note that, yes, you are expected to cite your sources when writing for the UN.

I think that about covers it. Please reply if anything isn't clear... JesseW 07:32, 29 February 2008 (UTC)