The CENTRE DE HAUTES ETUDES INTERNATIONALES
D'INFORMATIQUE DOCUMENTAIRE (C.I.D.) was created in 1979 in Paris. It is a
Learned Society, formed as not-for-profit organisation (Association loi de
Centre has always concentrated its activity on all aspects of computer
treatment of non-structured information. In contrast to structured
information found in classical databases, we have been concerned with
exploiting the information content of unstructured media (text, image,
activity of the C.I.D. relies on a number of content-based information
specialists, French or foreign, some of which are permanent scientific
members of the association and some of which are called upon from time to
time by the C.I.D. to produce a report, or to participate in colloquia, in
debates, in the C.I.D.-organized RIAO conferences, etc., according to their
The C.I.D. organises Colloquia in France
and abroad (Europe, US, Japan,
Africa, Pacific regions …). The
Centre also organizes seminars, debates and international conferences.
Centre sometimes accepts interns and provides direction for graduate
C.I.D. organizes an International Conference every three years since 1985:
The R.I.A.O (Recherche d'Information Assistée par Ordinateur)Conference.
Past RIAO have been: RIAO 85,
in Grenoble, France ; RIAO 88 at M.I.T., Cambridge MAY.
U.S.A. ; RIAO 91 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona,
Spain ; RIAO 94 at Rockefeller University, New York; RIAO 97 at McGill
University in Montréal (Canada); RIAO 2000 in Paris, at the
Collège de France; RIAO 2004 (postponed from 2003) at the University of
took place on May 30, 31 and June
1 in Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
The C.I.D. carries out studies for public authorities and for private
organizations and companies.
C.I.D. also produces studies of content-based information requirements for
organizations, associations, companies, or professional groups, proposing
improvements to existing systems and suggestions for new systems. It has
developed specific "on-site" investigation methods which have
been favourably received and which yield a variety of possible answers to
The C.I.D. offers researchers and innovating companies a variety of
"tribunes" for presenting prototypes or innovative products
either during the RIAO conferences, or during other exhibitions such as the
Vidcom of Cannes, or during international fairs such as Frankfurt, London ONLINE, or
during other colloquia organized by the C.I.D.
The C.I.D. has published a quarterly review since 1980. It also publishes
the proceedings of the RIAO Conferences every three years, as well as some