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Opinions about what additional datasets the NRC should publish

First of all, I think that NRC's implementation of openness with the public is and has been superior. I'm biased in NRC's favor, as a retired employee; but the NRC's openness is one of its key strengths.

Now for the suggestions:

1. Scan and load old NUREGs, docket files, and the like into ADAMS. Index them five ways from Sunday on the website. This issue has been a problem for years. It can only be solved with a lengthy program; but with the large NRC budget and the new reactor imperatives, it's time to correct this shortcoming. These older documents are very useful in forming part of our thinking and actions in the new nuclear age.

2. ADAMS document searches: When I retired in 2001, the ADAMS search feature was largely useless to all but a few ADAMS groupies. It's gotten better, but is still woefully behind the document search features of most other government agencies. Whether ADAMS stays, is greatly modified, or scrapped for something better, it needs vastly more sophisticated search and sort features.


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    Idea submitted through online form "Contact Us About the NRC Approach to Open Government" from author Charles Haughney

    Updated Moderator Comment (6/22/2010)


    The NRC’s records program is regulated by the Codes of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 36, which requires the agency to preserve and ensure the reliability and integrity of all records. NRC maintains its electronic records in the Portable Document Format (PDF) because it provides a consistent image regardless of where the file is being viewed and the record can be locked down to ensure changes to the document cannot be made once it is declared an official record.


    As part of ongoing maintenance, the NRC is in the process of upgrading the application software that supports ADAMS to the latest version, IBM FileNet P8. As part of this effort, a new browser-based search engine will be introduced for the public in fall of 2010. NRC also plans to make its public document collection available through the public website’s search engine. These new initiatives will greatly improve users’ search capabilities and experience with ADAMS.