INIS & NKM Section Head Visits China

INIS & NKM Workshop, China Nuclear Information Centre, Beijing, 2 July 2007

Mr. Hou Huiqun (Director, China Nuclear Information Centre and INIS Liaison Officer for China) and Mr. Huang Wei (Director, Division of Nuclear Affairs and International Organisations, China Atomic Energy Authority) opened the workshop. They both emphasised the importance of INIS and its potential for increased utilisation within China?s developing nuclear industry.

Mr. Robert Workman (Head, INIS and Nuclear Knowledge Management, IAEA) welcomed these positive affirmations and hoped that the workshop would provide an opportunity for the discussion of strategic issues connected to the future of INIS. He expressed his pleasure at seeing 29 delegates from 15 nuclear related organisations present at the workshop.

INIS & NKM Workshop, China Nuclear Information Centre, Beijing, 2 July 2007

The opening remarks were followed by a presentation from Mrs. Xue Enjie (Director, INIS Division, China Nuclear Information Centre), which introduced the operation and application of INIS in China. She also described the construction of the Chinese INIS system.

Mrs. Xue then outlined the main activities of the Information and Knowledge Service:

  • Database Service
  • Journal Service
  • Focused Topic Service
  • Information Survey
  • Translation

She concluded by stating that INIS is the most authoritative nuclear information system.

Mr. Workman made a presentation ?INIS ? Now and in the Future?. He provided some information about INIS input and usage in China. He stated that the input from China had risen from the early 1990?s, since when it had consistently maintained a high level of input. He complimented the China INIS Centre on the quality of input, notably the indexing element. He commended the increased usage of the INIS Database in China on its various platforms.

Mr. Workman then outlined his 5 Point Plan for INIS, highlighting the key aspects of the current major survey of INIS liaison Officers. He concluded his presentation by providing responses from the INIS Secretariat to the key recommendations from the 2006 INIS Liaison Officers Meeting.

During his presentation Mr. Workman presented Mr. Hou with a CD containing a digitised version of the 1,015 Chinese microfiche documents within the NCL Collection.
INIS & NKM Workshop, China Nuclear Information Centre, Beijing, 2 July 2007

There followed 2 presentations from INIS users:

  • Mrs. Mao Ling, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing
  • Mr. Xi Xuewu from Institute of Physico-Chemical Engineering, Tianjin

The INIS part of the workshop was concluded by a presentation from Mr. Zhao Hongzhe (INIS Division, China Nuclear Information Center). He provided a practical demonstration on how to access both the INIS Database and the China INIS Centre website.

Finally, Mr. Workman made a presentation covering the IAEA Nuclear Knowledge Management programme. He outlined the 3 elements of the programme and highlighted some activities of potential interest to China. He felt that the challenge for China was to develop its own programme of nuclear knowledge management. It had made a start through its involvement in the Asian Network for Education in Nuclear Technology (ANENT).

It was apparent from subsequent discussions that one of the main drawbacks for further involvement in information and knowledge management was the lack of material in the Chinese language.

During a Question and Answer session Mr. Workman responded to a variety of questions from the participants, ranging from issues of cost and publicity for INIS to fast reactor knowledge preservation and the capture of tacit knowledge.

Seminar with the China INIS Centre, Beijing, 4 July 2007

The main focus of the seminar was the completion of the INIS Liaison Officers Survey. Mr. Workman conducted the interview with Mrs. Xue and her colleagues. The questions raised some interesting points for discussion, notably:

  • The potential of Nucleus (IAEA Knowledge and Information Portal)
  • Face to face marketing to potential users
  • The speed of access from China to the IAEA website and INIS Online Database
  • Short term secondment of staff from the INIS Centre to work in the INIS Unit
  • Charging for INIS products and services

Mr. Workman also provided information on the International Nuclear Library Network (on behalf of Mrs. Ruth Hahn-Weinert, Head of IAEA Library). He encouraged the China Nuclear Information Centre to join this developing network.

Mr. Hou, in concluding the seminar, reiterated the importance of INIS to China?s developing nuclear industry, and his fervent hope that the Agency would continue to support INIS.