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[en] @tomic 2012 tested international participants on their response to a nuclear/radiological incident with a cyber dimension. While successful as an early step towards establishing a global knowledge community, @tomic 2012 demonstrated a need for regular iterative exercises that build upon previous learning so that future incident responders have a roadmap for effective action. Only by expanding a crisis-led understanding of radiological issues, good forensics practice, cybersecurity and media and crisis communications, can the highly plausible elements of a scenario like @tomic 2012’s be potentially mitigated. (author)
[en] The Sensors and Instrumentation KTN has established itself as the UK's national network in sensors and instrumentation, developing a community of over 2,250 member organisations. This paper describes the background to Knowledge Transfer Networks (KTNs) and the changes that are happening to KTNs at a national level, before describing the market size, activities and successes of the Sensors and Instrumentation KTN. The paper concludes by describing the merger between the Sensors and Instrumentation KTN and four other KTNs to create a new KTN, with a working title of the Electronics, Sensors and Photonics KTN.
[en] Wikipedia as a web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopaedia project is a very suitable field to carry out research on social dynamics and to investigate the complex concepts of conflict, collaboration, competition, dispute, etc in a large community (∼26 Million) of Wikipedia users. The other face of Wikipedia as a productive society, is its output, consisting of (∼17) Millions of articles written unsupervised by unprofessional editors in more than 270 different languages. In this talk we report some analysis performed on Wikipedia in two different approaches: temporal analysis to characterize disputes and controversies among users and linguistic-based analysis to characterize linguistic features of English texts in Wikipedia. (author)
[en] Community structure is an important characteristic in real complex network. It is a network consists of groups of nodes within which links are dense but among which links are sparse. In this paper, the evolving network include node, link and community growth and we apply the community size preferential attachment and strength preferential attachment to a growing weighted network model and utilize weight assigning mechanism from BBV model. The resulting network reflects the intrinsic community structure with generalized power-law distributions of nodes' degrees and strengths.
[en] According to a research paper recently presented by the same authors, it has been demonstrated that approximately 50% of the information that reaches the public through the media communication is correct. The remaining 50% corresponds to information that is not within the standards accepted by the scientific community and could be considered either incorrect or erroneous, or information that induces the reader towards a line of thought that could be assumed biased. He This work focuses on 50% of the information that could be improved in order to increase considerably the percentage of the correct information which will possibly impact the public perception of nuclear issues linked to their peaceful uses. One will be made comparison between the calculated risks, associated with some practices, which we will call cases, and the perception of risk of the society before these same activities relieved through surveys and / or interviews Articles extracted from the public media on the subject will be analyzed of the cases addressed with the objective of quantifying the classification of that information as correct, erroneous or biased and project its influence on public perception. The work presents an assessment between public perception and the calculated risks associated with the same typology of cases
[en] Nucleando is a collaborative project in which members from nine countries in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. The proposed objectives revolve around communication, dissemination and training of nuclear activities and radiation protection. The creation of theoretical material, activities and training allows the educational community and the community in general to know the different activities related to nuclear issues and radiation protection. The theoretical material is developed in 15x21 cm file format with short texts, drawings, infographics that illustrate each subject and QR codes for more information. The topics developed range from the origin of the cycle of nuclear fuel, radiation protection, different types of reactors to applications of nuclear energy in everyday life. The project contemplates the realization of didactic sequences aimed at the teaching community, these sequences are a group of activities that are aimed at achieve common goals For each thematic group a didactic sequence is created, having until the moment about nuclear physics, reactors, environmental impact and radiation protection. These sequences didactics are offered as a suggestion for class work under a creative commons license, in this way teachers incorporate these topics in class under a guide that facilitates their implementation. The Nucleando project represents an integral proposal for the teaching community, considering the generation of theoretical material, activities and training in nuclear and radiation protection
[en] Communication with stake holder people is the biggest challenge, said Anthony Scott of the International Agency for atomic energy, which in mid-June organized a technical meeting in Olkiluote, Finland, on efficient tools and nuclear communication techniques. But everyone is an important stake holder person in terms of core, said senior consultant for the construction of the third West Finnish block Kathe Sarparanta. Stakeholders are investors, owners, neighbors, municipalities, the media, the energy industry - and the general public at large. by Sarparant's is Olkiluoto 3 multi cultural project, therefore the investor - the Finnish company TVO - carries out various cultural activities exchanges for better convergence of the individual nationalities. The next similar event organized by the IAEA will take place in Fukui, Japan and will be dedicated to best practice in nuclear and media communication public.
[en] The main aim of this contribution is to provide guidance (in terms of quality criteria) for setting up foresight exercises as a platform for discussion and communication of the benefits and drawbacks of fusion with a broad range of stakeholders. At the same time, we explore conditions that might enhance the resonance of such foresight exercises in the policy sphere. In order to address this dual aim, we first introduce a philosophical framework called 'constructivism'. Next, we give a constructivist reading of scientific foresight as a combined scientific-political practice and point out some of the main points of interest regarding the relationship between foresight knowledge and policy. We illustrate these points of interest with practical case-study examples. Finally, we draw upon our theoretical and case-study research to propose some points of particular interest for the fusion community wishing to develop long-term energy scenarios
[en] Community relations is becoming an increasingly prominent aspect of the environmental restoration business. Historically the DOE has been closed to public scrutiny, dating back to the origins of the weapons complex in the Manhattan Project. Rocky Flats community relations can be viewed as having its painful start on June 6, 1989, when over fifty FBI agents entered Rocky Flats to gather information on alleged operational and procedural violations of environmental law. The Plutonium Recovery Modification Project (PRMP) was the first initiative to hold public meetings and provide for real dialogue in May 1990. Building on this start, the last year has seen a phenomenal growth of Rocky Flats community relations activities, now averaging over one public forum of some kind per week. We believe the effort has been very successful in building understanding and credibility within the local community. Although community relations is not a panacea, neither is it an ogre. Community relations for environmental restoration is mandated by law, and for good management is a necessary part of the DOE for the 1990's and beyond. Properly utilized, it can augment an ongoing environmental program and help smooth the road to success
[en] Traditional approaches to risk communication ignore the emotional, cognitive and social factors that interact to influence the meaning people attribute to hazards and protective actions. The aim of this study was to investigate the emotional and cognitive factors predicting preparedness intention and community’s preparedness for flood hazards. A cross-sectional study was conducted between June and July 2015, in Dire Dawa town, Ethiopia. Using stratified systematic random sampling, a structured questionnaire was administered to individuals aged 18 and over in 660 households. Data were analyzed using structural equation modeling (SEM) (STATA version 13.0). The study participants’ mean age was 34 years, ranging from 18 to 80 (SD = 12) with equal gender balance. SEM analysis revealed that the total effects of preparedness intention (path coefficient (β) = 0.202, 95% CI: [0.036, 0.369]), past flood disaster experience (β = 0.034, 95% CI: [0.008, 0.061]), trust (β = 0.100, 95% CI: [0.059, 0.142]), anxiety (β = 0.026, 95% CI: [0.018, 0.034), positive outcome expectancy (β = − 0.139, 95% CI: [− 0.253, − 0.026]), negative outcome expectancy (β = 0.105, 95% CI: [0.062, 0.149]), perceived flood likelihood (β = 0.049, 95% CI: [0.012, 0.086]) and consequence (β = − 0.040, 95% CI: [− 0.077, − 0.003]) on community preparedness for flood hazards were statistically significant. The main implication of these findings is that people affected by hazard events in the past experience more anxiety and are more likely to participate in community preparedness activities than those who were not affected.