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World News Connection will Cease Operation

NTIS regrets to announce that it will be unable to add new information to the World News Connection (WNC) after December 31, 2013. The archived WNC information will continue to be available from WNC until March 31, 2014. The distributors of WNC may make the data available after March 31 if they can make the necessary copyright arrangements with the sources of the information.

Several developments have combined to necessitate cancelling WNC including increasing costs, increased competition from alternate sources, and incompatibility with mission limitations of the compiler of the data, while advances in technology make the information in WNC more readily available from the original source.

December 31, 2013


World News Connection (WNC) (On the Internet) - A foreign news service from the U. S. Government

Department of Commerce, National Technical Information Service

World News Connection (WNC) was an online news service, only accessible via the World Wide Web, that now offers an archive of an extensive array of translated and English-language news and information. Particularly effective in its coverage of local media sources, WNC provides you with the power to identify what really was happening in a specific country or region. Compiled from hundreds of non-U.S. media sources, the information in WNC covers significant socioeconomic, political, scientific, technical, and environmental issues and events.

For more information Go to the WNC Web site

The material in WNC was provided to the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) by another U.S. government agency. For over 60 years, analysts from domestic and overseas bureaus have monitored timely and pertinent open-source materials, including grey literature.

The information was obtained from full text and summaries of newspaper articles, conference proceedings,television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports.

Regional categories covered include:

  • Africa (Central, East, North, Southern, West)
  • Americas (Carribbean, Central, North, South, Antarctica)
  • Asia (East, South, Southeast)
  • Eurasia (Caucasus, Central, Russia)
  • Europe (Balkans, Central, North, South)
  • Middle East
  • Oceania

WNC is a valuable research tool for anyone who needs to monitor archived non-U.S. media sources.