Managing Knowledge for Nuclear Technology Development:
International Expert Group Discusses Nuclear Knowledge Management in Government, Industry and Academia
16 October 2006 - Twenty-three experts from 13 IAEA Member States met at the IAEA's Headquarters in Vienna on 9 ? 13 October 2006 to discuss challenges and issues related to managing nuclear knowledge in the non-power generating nuclear sector, including government, industry and academic institutions in IAEA Member States. The aim of the meeting was to plan and outline a new guidance document on "Managing Knowledge for Nuclear Technology Development" to be published in the IAEA Nuclear Energy (NE) Series.
Based on a review of experiences and lessons-learned in nuclear knowledge management (NKM) in government, industry and academic institutions, the participants in this technical meeting catalogued effective NKM practices that improve safety and performance in non-power generating nuclear organizations, and identified future trends in NKM.
The guidance document "Managing Knowledge for Nuclear Technology Development"; will be developed during 2006-2007 within the framework of the IAEA Programme C.3. "Nuclear Knowledge Management", as a cooperative effort of the meeting participants and the Agency's NKM experts. Key objectives of the new document include:
- Awareness: Increasing the awareness of responsible individuals in these enterprises
- Strategy: Identifying the important elements needed for an effective NKM system
- Tactics: Providing guidance concerning methods for NKM implementation
- Examples: Sharing relevant lessons-learned regarding NKM, including selected examples from organizations outside the nuclear field
The new document is intended for managers and professionals in non-power generating enterprises of the nuclear sector who are responsible for developing and maintaining nuclear knowledge and worker competencies within their respective organizations.