Serpong – BRIN Public Relations. The Directorate of Repository, Multimedia and Scientific Publishing (DRMPI) – The National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) as the Liaison Officer for the International Nuclear Information System (INIS) in Indonesia carried out the activity of providing literacy on nuclear science and technology information and the INIS database online on Wednesday (6/4). Acting Director of RMPI, Dwi Wiratno Prasetijo in his welcome speech said that the purpose of this activity was to improve scientific literacy on nuclear science and technology and its utilization in Indonesia, especially within DRMPI-BRIN.

“We want to be literate in nuclear so that all colleagues at RMPI can know and understand nuclear science and technology. We at RMPI are mostly engaged in literacy and repository, however, specifically on nuclear information, only a few colleagues understand it, especially those who previously came from ex-BATAN,” said Dwi Wiratno.

“To our knowledge, INIS is a kind of global repository for nuclear, with 130 members from several countries and communities. Here it serves as a nuclear literacy bank, which is relatively the largest in number” he continued.

On the same occasion, Noer’aida as Alternate INIS Liaison Officer in Indonesia explained that Indonesia’s membership in INIS cannot be separated from Indonesia’s membership in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since 1958. IAEA is one of international institutions under the coordination of the United Nations. “INIS is an information system with international scope that organizes nuclear science and technology data and information for peaceful purposes,” said Noer’aida.

Noer’aida further explained the management and utilization of INIS in Indonesia, for which she said we are asked to select documents of research results on nuclear science and technology to make a catalogue using the applications provided. “Then we send the data which includes indexing and abstract to the IAEA for checking and go through a computer process to finally produce a product that can be viewed on the INIS website,” she explained.

“We are obliged to disseminate it to users in Indonesia, with the purpose of informing nuclear science and technology to the world, including Indonesia,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, Senior Researcher at the Nuclear Energy Research Organization (ORTN)-BRIN, Hendig Winarno, delivered a presentation on nuclear science and technology, especially related to its uses and the purpose of nuclear technology application for the welfare of Indonesian people. “We need to understand nuclear and its uses in life. If we don’t understand it, then we will only hear negative things,” said Hendig.

According to Hendig, we have to look at nuclear with the right perspective so we do not just stick to the stigma of its hazards. “Nuclear, of course, is dangerous, but even on regular objects not as abstract as nuclear such as fire from a gas stove, electric current, or a knife, they may bring dangers. It depends on how we look at it, how we see it. When we need it for daily needs, for example natural gas for cooking, even though gas is hazardous, even though gas prices are rising, expensive, we are hunting it,” explained Hendig.

Hendig explained that nuclear has many benefits so we must study that both the harms and benefits (yrt,la/ed.my)