The IGB is administered under the auspices of a world scientific committee and supported by the IGU (International Geographical Union).
The IGB was created in 1891 by geographers and for geographers.
It offers analyses of articles of the main geographical world journals (300), books, congresses, theses, maps and atlases with a classification by sections (theoretical, thematic and regional).
It covers much of the geographic world field including a specialized network of correspondents in some topics or countries.
The IGB is a database containing some
185, 000 bibliographical entries.
Until the end of the year 2014, it
was produced by the UMR PRODIG
with some 3 800 new records added
In 2015, it was stopped being
produced, due to a change in the CNRS scientific and technical
information strategy which implied the shut down of the FRANCIS
databases, of which the IGB was part of, in favour of data research