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Stepping up to archive information of TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident
- Enlarging upon dissemination of its information in cooperation with NDL, Japan and IAEA -

Intellectual Resources Department, Japan Atomic Energy Agency

[Points of announcement]

  • Stepping up to archive information of TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident to advocate its accessibility,

  • Ever ensuring access to the information through the internet in cooperation with NDL, Japan,

  • Organizing the information facilitated by categories (taxonomy) of IAEA,

  • Enlarging dissemination of its information in cooperation with NDL, Japan and IAEA

Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA, President, Mr. Shojiro Matsuura) steps up its archival activity of information of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) in cooperation with National Diet Library (NDL), Japan and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

JAEA, of which Library (JAEA Library) is a sole one in nuclear field over Japan and is responsible for the archival activity, has, shortly after occurrence of the accident, started to collect and catalog information of articles, official investigation reports and so on related to the accident over Japan and worldwide, in addition, to disseminate outcomes of R&D activities of JAEA contributing to remediation, rehabilitation and recovery of affected environment and foreseeing towards decommissioning of the accidental reactors etc. over decades, which are accessible through its website, Reference information about the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station accident.

[URL http://jolisfukyu.tokai-sc.jaea.go.jp/ird/english/sanko/fukushima_sanko-top-en.html]

JAEA has been, as of today, taking an annotated action to incorporate internet information of Japanese Government-based organizations as well as bibliographic information of oral presentations of responsible nuclear related Associations or Societies for the accident into its archival domain, semantically to be indexed, preserved and disseminated.

The annotated action contains:

(1) To cooperate with the Web Archiving Project (WARP) by NDL, Japan to ever ensure access to the internet information necessary for activities of investigation, research etc. in regard to matters of the accident,

(2) To semantically structure the collected information into metadata1) by effectively applying IAEA’s categories (taxonomy) for major accidents worldwide,

(3) To enlarge upon dissemination of its information in cooperation with the Great East Japan Earthquake Archive (HINAGIKU) of NDL, Japan and the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) of IAEA.

The abovementioned archival activities advocate such information, which is necessary for scientific activities in regard to the accident, not to be inaccessible through sorts of information networks being likely to disappear on the ways, as well to enhance potential of information dissemination worldwide, being planned to more and further engineer cooperation all together with the respective organizations afterward. In this regard, INIS Committee (Chairman, Mr. Shuichi Iwata, Prof. of The Graduate School of Project Design, Tokyo), is going to be held on 30th Jan. 2014 to be expected to give advice from a viewpoint of expertise on collection, preservation and dissemination of the information that is fruitful for the archival activities.


1) Metadata
Those are sorts of information, not the data themselves. Those contain titles, data creators/publishers, dates uploaded, data formats, notes etc. Those are indispensable to effectively retrieve information resources being accessible through the internet.


  1. Outline of JAEA Library

  2. Archiving 3.11 nuclear accident related information (of TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Accident)

  3. Cooperation with National Diet Library Great East Japan Earthquake Archive (HINAGIKU)

  4. Cooperation with IAEA - Applying IAEA’s taxonomy for major nuclear accidents and enlarging dissemination of information worldwide -

  5. INIS Programme of IAEA and INIS Committee

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