INMM 2008 Oral Presentation - Paper Number 316
A Web-Based Collaborative Portal for Sharing Safeguards Knowledge
Q. S. Bob TRUONG
The CSSP has been assisting the IAEA in the application of collaborative tools to facilitate groups working together. These tools include web-based technology such as wikis and blogs. Comparisons of open-source and proprietary collaborative tools and the options for potential use of these tools at the IAEA have been discussed in papers the authors presented at previous INMM annual general meetings – “Collaborative Software Tools for Safeguards Applications” (INMM 2007) and “Using Wikis as a Low-Cost Knowledge Sharing Tool” (INMM 2005).
Some potential users are concerned that collaborative software would introduce a security risk and are reluctant to deploy such tools, particularly where they are accessed by corporate “road warriors” in remote locations. This paper examines these concerns and provides practical suggestions for securing the tools.
One of the proprietary tools (SharePoint) is a particularly attractive option for the IAEA because its security features have the potential to integrate well into the IAEA information technology infrastructure. This paper explores SharePoint in detail, with particular attention paid to the possibilities for integrating third-party tools into the SharePoint environment. Rather than suggesting a choice of proprietary versus open-source tools, the authors describe how to “mix and match” proprietary and open-source tools to provide cost-effective solutions for knowledge workers.
The suggestions and conclusions in this paper will be of value to organizations with similar mandates and security concerns.
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