As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
Working towards the creation of the first world-wide nuclear data file, leading actors in the nuclear field together with the JRC launched the first Collaborative International Evaluated Library Organisation (CIELO). This is an important step towards the use of the same (world-wide accepted) nuclear data in, for example, the safety assessments of nuclear systems.
Experts coming from the JRC, the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD-NEA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), EU Member States, the United States, Japan, China and Russia, indicated their commitment to CIELO, opening a new horizon for standardisation in nuclear data.
CIELO is a pilot project of the OECD-NEA, coordinated by Los Alamos National Laboratory (United States) and it aims at fostering nuclear data advances by using the joint expertise of the nuclear data community. CIELO pilot isotopes 1H, 16O, 56Fe, 235U, 238U, 239Pu will be addressed as highest priority nuclides. The JRC will be in charge of two of the five nuclides and will contribute to accurate measurements thanks to its accelerator facilities and with expert advice for the composition of the data file.