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Terminology Glossary for Nuclear Material Safety


Developing a Computer-Based Terminology Glossary Covering Inregrated Approach to Non-Reactor Nuclear Materials Safety Management

Tech Area / Field

  • INF-DAT/Data Storage and Peripherals/Information and Communications

3 Approved without Funding

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Leading Institute
Obninsk Institute of Nuclear Power Engineering, Russia, Kaluga reg., Obninsk

Supporting institutes

  • FEI (IPPE), Russia, Kaluga reg., Obninsk

Project summary

International cooperation in the field of control, accountability and safety management of nuclear materials in non-reactor technologies calls for systematic approach not only in R&D, but also in forming terminology support of such works. Discrepancies and disagreements both in technologies and terms inhibit information exchange and safety culture transfer. So, the present proposal is to create a means, which would do away with misunderstanding and uncertainties, which could jeopardize the safety, itself.

The Project task is to develop systematic computer-based bilingual glossary (Russian-English & English-Russian) covering terms and notions of the subjects involved into the systematic, integrated approach for nuclear materials safety management in non-reactor technologies in the US & Russia. Thus, the subject "Nuclear Safety" is pided into two classes of terms "Criticality Safety" and "Nuclear Materials Handling and Storage", each of these two subpided into several smaller sub-groups etc.

Such database is to include the previous experience in developing glossaries, accumulated within the framework of international projects.

A proposed glossary is to be oriented to multi-user, multimedia and should have an open data format, be object-oriented, hypertext, distributed, scaleable, platform-independent, multitier database.

Developing the glossary based on the technology of World Wide Web (WWW) well result in connecting with search systems like "Yahoo!", "Lycos", "AltaVista" and other most popular and promising means of Internet. Third, the contents will be developed in accordance with the systematic, integrated international approach to control, accountability and safety management of nuclear materials from non-reactor technologies developed in the course of joint Russian - American programs in this area. This approach was reported at NATO Workshop in Amarillo by Paul F. Krumpe in March, 1997.

Many researchers and consultants of the proposed project are employees who traditionally were engaged in developing military programs in the former USSR as well as collaborators from US Amarillo National Resource Center for Plutonium. Recognizing the pressing character of the project, they are prepared to contribute into every stage of the project from analyzing and assessing the database to definitions of terms as needed.

Besides, Texas A&M University - a member of the university consortium that performs the Amarillo National Resource Center's for Plutonium research - is willing to install the web site on its existing computers which are on the World Wide Web, at least until INPE has sufficient computer and network capacity to host the web site itself.

Both international and Russian researchers working on conversion programs believe that such a systematic terminology thesaurus is sure to improve mutual understanding and therefore the efficiency of joint works.


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