The International Peace Information Service (IPIS) is an independent research institute which provides information, analysis and capacity enhancement to support those actors who want to realize a vision of durable peace, sustainable development and the fulfillment of human rights. In 1981, members of the Belgian peace movement founded the International Peace Information Service, known as IPIS. Within two years, IPIS gained the status of an officially accredited non-governmental organisation. IPIS has developed a geographic focus on sub-Saharan Africa and a thematic focus on natural resources, conflict motives of armed actors, business and human rights, and international arms transfers. IPIS is an center of excellence on field based research and themes like democratisation, human rights, private sector actors, globalisation, development, political movements, etc. IPIS works with non-governmental organisations from our focal region, joint research projects or capacity building through editorial assistance, skills / knowledge transfer and training. IPIS’ research stands midway between a journalistic and an academic approach. IPIS information is a permanent activity and is done through consulting sources on the internet, studying academic and journalistic publications, analysing confidential documents, fieldwork and interviews within an extensive network of contacts built up over many years. That data stream is processed by IPIS researchers and forms the basis of the research projects that they carry out for external clients. IPIS’ output consists of publishable reports or dossiers that are only intended for the clientand sometimes for NGO campaign, or one for a public authority to map out its policy options. IPIS explored collaboration with Anet, the library network of the University of Antwerp, connecting about twenty scientific libraries in Flanders. All these libraries use the Brocade Library Services as a system. Brocade is a fully integrated and web-based system, developed by the University of Antwerp since 1998. The catalog contains about 2.500.000 entries. Integrating IPIS library system is collection of books, journals, and IPIS reports will be opened up to the scientific research community and interested public, on key themes of IPIS research, arms trade/security, the exploitation of natural resources, and corporate social responsibility. There is a separate section with reference books and general publications on Sub-Saharan Africa (for example politics, history etc.). Current journals and magazines in IPIS are Africa Confidential, Africa Energy Intelligence, Africa Mining Intelligence, Indian Ocean Newsletter, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Jane’s International Defence Review, La lettre du continent, Maghreb Confidential, (The) Military Balance, NJCM Bulletin â¨(?), Strategic Survey, West Africa Newsletter. IPIS offers a collection of printed geographic maps of Eastern DR Congo.