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This page provides a comprehensive overview of the policies of this federally sponsored website, consistent with guidance established by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) as implemented by the U.S. Department of Energy.
This site employs an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to help safeguard and enhance the use of publicly accessible Government information by prohibiting excessive content requests or activities that may constitute a denial of service (DoS) attack. This includes requests initiated by any network host, individual user, or automated means to query, capture, or download data from this system.
As of October 3, 2011 the following thresholds have been established to identify excessive activity within a 24 hour period.
Threshold exemptions may be granted to individuals or organizations on a case by case basis.
For each page that is visited on OSTI.gov, the following technical information is automatically captured in what is called a web server log file:
This information does not contain personally identifiable information nor do we use this information to remember a userís online interactions with our site. This information is used to track server load, identify operational problems, to prevent fraud and to improve the effectiveness, security and integrity of the site.
Web Measurement and Tracking
This site employs the use of two separate types of cookies, session and persistent, to collect non-personal information related to how users traverse the website. A cookie is a small file that a website transfers to your computer to allow the retrieval of specific information about your session while you are connected to a website.
The federal government has guidelines on the use of persistent cookies related to web measurement and tracking. The goals of the guidelines are to enable the useful functioning of federal websites while protecting individual privacy.
This site does not automatically collect or store personal information in identifiable form about users. Certain non-personally identifiable information is collected and stored automatically via session cookies, including:
This information is used to compile summary statistics to help us make the site more valuable to its users. It is not shared with anyone beyond the professional support staff of this site, except when required by Law Enforcement investigation, and is used only as a source of anonymous statistical information.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) classifies the use of this type of technology as Tier 1 usage, since we are utilizing a single session web measurement technology that does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII).
This site may also use session cookies to provide salient session-related information and to enable product-specific functions not related to web measurement and tracking. In no case will cookies be used to capture information that might compromise or threaten personal privacy.
Google Analytics data is shared with Google. For more information on Google's Privacy Policies, visit: http://www.google.com/privacy.html
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) classifies the use of this type of technology as Tier 2 usage, since we are utilizing a multi-session web measurement technology that does not collect any personally identifiable information (PII).
The information collected by Google Analytics is used to optimize our website; helping us determine top tasks, improve our user interface and diversify our content offerings to meet the needs of our customers. No personally identifiable information is collected, so the anonymity of the end user is protected. The measurement data that is collected is retained for as long as is needed for proper analysis and optimization of the website and is accessible only to employees whose job function requires it.
Users who do not wish to participate in these web measurement and tracking activities may visit http://www.osti.gov/optout for step-by-step instructions of how to opt-out. Google also provides a browser plug-in that will allow you to opt-out of all Google Analytics measurements, which you can find at http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout. Please note that opting-out in no way affects your access to content within the site.
Users may choose to provide personal information containing comments or questions or to enable use of specialized site features. This information is only used to provide service to the user or to respond to a user inquiry.
Government information at DOE websites, including the OSTI site, is in the public domain. Public domain information may be freely distributed and copied, but it is requested that in any subsequent use the Department of Energy be given appropriate acknowledgement. When using the OSTI website, you may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners.
Images on our website which are in the public domain may be used without permission. If you use images from our website, we ask that you credit us as the source. Please note that some images on our site may have been obtained from other organizations. Permission to use these images should be obtained directly from those organizations.
The OSTI website has links to many other websites. Once you access another site through a link that we provide, you are subject to the copyright and licensing restrictions of the new site.
This website is part of a Federal computer system used to accomplish Federal functions. The Department of Energy uses software programs to monitor this website for security purposes to ensure it remains available to all users and to protect information in the system. By accessing this website, you are expressly consenting to these monitoring activities. Unauthorized attempts to defeat or circumvent security features; to use the system for other than intended purposes; to deny service to authorized users; to access, obtain, alter, damage; or destroy information; or otherwise to interfere with the system or its operation are prohibited. Evidence of such acts may be disclosed to law enforcement authorities and result in criminal prosecution under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996, codified at section 1030 of Title 18 of the United States Code, or other applicable criminal laws.
Links may be made to the OSTI website from other personal and organizational websites as long as OSTI endorsement or approval is not implied. We request that you link to the OSTI site rather than downloading portions of it to another web server, so that our viewers will see our most up-to-date information.
Links are maintained with websites and databases whose administration and operation are outside the purview of this website. We disclaim any liability for the accuracy of content; validity of systems; effectiveness of tools or technologies; or adherence to privacy, security, accessibility, or other policies. When you follow a link to another site, you are subject to the policies of the outside website. Linking to an outside website does not constitute any explicit or implicit endorsement of the product, organization, information or services by DOE.
Government information publicly accessible via the web is in the public domain. Such information may be freely distributed and copied, but it is requested that in any subsequent use the appropriate Federal source be acknowledged. When using OSTI websites, you may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by Fair Use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Outside websites are not within the purview of the Federal government and data rights policies and practices of those websites govern information contained therein.
You may pursue the acquisition of information via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
To access previously-released information requested under FOIA, go to the Oak Ridge DOE Information Center.
As appropriate, this website complies with OMB Specific Information Quality, specifically the Guidance for Ensuring and Maximizing the Quality, Objectivity, Utility and Integrity of Information Dissemination by Federal Organization.
As appropriate, this website provides information in compliance with the "No Fear" Act . You may review Government-wide data pertaining to the "No Fear" Act.
Information is posted to this website on an intermittent basis as it is made available from a wide variety of disparate sources, unless otherwise required by law.
On websites where comments and submission of web links are accepted and posted, we look forward to civil discourse on a variety of science and technology information topics. We will review comments prior to posting and we reserve the right to not post comments.
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