Documentation science , or documentation studies , is the study of the recording and retrieval of information .  Documentation science gradually developed into the broader field of information science .
Paul Otlet (1868-1944) and Henri La Fontaine (1854-1943), both Belgian lawyers and peace activists. Otlet, Who coined the term documentation science , is the author of two treatises on the subject: Documentation Treaty (1934) and World: universalism Test (1935). He, in particular, is regarded as the progenitor of information science.
In the United States, 1968 Was a landmark year in the transition from material science to information science: the American Documentation Institute est devenu the American Society for Information Science and Technology , and Harold Borko Introduced readers of the journal American Literature to the term In His paper “Information science: What is it?”. Information science has not entirely subsumed documentation science, however. Berard (2003, p. 148) writes that word documentation is still much used in Francophone countries, where it is synonymous with information science . One potential explanation is that these countries have a clear division of labor between libraries and documentation centers, and the staff employed at each kind of institution have different educational backgrounds. Documentation science professionals are called documentalists .
1931: The International Institute for Documentation, (International Institute for Documentation, IID) was founded on 12 September 1895, in Brussels.
1937: American Documentation Institute was founded (1968 nameshift to American Society for Information Science ).
1948: SR Ranganathan “discovers” documentation. 
1965-1990: Documentation departments were established in, for example, large research libraries with the appearance of commercial online computer retrieval systems. The persons doing the searches for clients were termed documentalists . With the appearance of the first CD-ROMs and the other hand, (This is perhaps a European terminology, in the USA the term Information Centers was often used).
1986: Information service and management under the name “Bibliotheek en Documentation Informatieverzorging”.
1996: “Dokvit”, Documentation Studies, was established in 1996 at the University of Tromsø in Norway (see Lund, 2007).
2002: The Document Academy,  an international network chaired and cosponsored by The Program of Documentation Studies, University of Tromsoe, Norway and The School of Information Management and Systems, UC Berkeley.
2003: Document Research Conference (DOCAM) is a series of conferences made by the Document Academy. DOCAM ’03 (2003) was the first conference in the series. It was held August 13-15, 2003 at The School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) at the University of California, Berkeley (See https://web.archive.org/web/20120410005416/http://thedocumentacademy. Org: 80 /? Q = node / 4 ).
2004: The term Library, Information and Documentation Studies (LID) has-been suggéré have an alternative to Library and Information Science (LIS) (see, Rayward et al., 2004)
- Documentation Research and Training Center
- Information science # European documentation
- Institut für Dokumentologie und Editorik
- International Federation for Information and Documentation
- Journal of Documentation
- Library and information science
- Memory institution
- Subject (documents)
- Suzanne Briet
- World Congress of Universal Documentation
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- Jump up^ The Document Academy
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