In 1991, the European Union began providing technical assistance supporting the transition to a market based economy in Eastern Europe and Central Asia through the TACIS Programme. This programme comprised an important nuclear safety component.
Within the nuclear safety component of the TACIS programme, the Joint Research Centre provided its technical and scientific expertise to AIDCO which was in charge of implementing the TACIS nuclear safety projects.
As part of its technical support, the JRC Petten developed a dissemination tool (website and database) dedicated to the provision of information on Russian and Ukrainian completed TACIS projects. This tool was operational from January 2005.
In the meantime, AIDCO decided that a web site with greater functionality and containing more information on TACIS nuclear safety projects was required.
Therefore, AIDCO and JRC (Petten) decided to centralise all the information related to TACIS nuclear safety projects that was available on different databases in a single system.
In February 2007, the TACIS Programme was replaced by the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Co-operation (INSC).
A prototype database repository with web-based portal and search engine was delivered on 15 June 2008 (see contract 146204).
Nevertheless, the tasks of installation and configuration of the Database Repository were pending. Moreover new functionalities on the one hand to increase the visibility from the outside world and on the other hand to improve the database populating were requested by AIDCO and JRC.
The main objective of this contract was the continuation of the development and the final installation of a single "repository" for centralisation and storage of Nuclear Safety project information. This contract was a complement to contract 2007/146204 signed in December 2007 between Tipik (previously "ASCII") and the Commission (AidCo A4).
The aim of the new tool (database and website) was to increase communication between all the stakeholders (Moscow and Kiev Delegations, Utilities, Western contractors working on site), TACIS monitoring, joint offices in Moscow and in Kiev, other DGs, Member States and Partner countries' experts, task managers, etc.; and to ensure the transparency of the nuclear safety activities.
The Commission remained in charge of the data loading.
The contract was signed by the European Commission on 18/08/2008. The starting date of activities was 21/08/2008 and its end was on 01/10/2008. The contract was closed on 23/01/2009.
The contractor developed additional add-ons and tools in order to improve the efficiency (and the use) of the prototype delivered under the previous contract. The new activities performed included:
- Keywords management.
- Document & picture management.
- Training “administrator” to allow project managers to solve problems in the encoding process of the Database Repository.
- Training "developer" to allow the configuration of parameters in the control panel and the management of the MySQL database.
- Maintenance and debugging following tests.
- Additional translation following the request of the user.
- Implementation of the “Visibility Guidelines”.