DOE R&D Accomplishments
A 15 Year History of Growth and Development
The DOE R&D Accomplishments website was developed to improve the visibility of DOE accomplishments by broadening and integrating access to important advances made possible by past DOE/predecessor research and development. It showcases the proud heritage of the Department's research and development and highlights benefits that are being realized now.
Selection of electronic documents and Web page content is based upon very strict criteria: outcomes of past Department of Energy (DOE) and/or predecessor research and development (R&D) that
- are major advances in science
- have improved people's lives and/or
- have had an economic impact
In January 1999, Dr. Walt Warnick, Director of DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), had an idea for a database of electronic documents that met the above criteria. The original January 1999 database contained 9 specially-selected documents. The website also contained the rosters of Nobel Laureates associated with DOE and/or its predecessors. In October 1999, the first Snapshots page of 20 entries was released.
In February 2000, the first two feature pages (video game and information superhighway) were added to the website. The first Nobel Laureate feature page was added in October 2000. It was about Alan MacDiarmid and was created in conjunction with his winning the Nobel Prize in Chemistry that year.
During Fiscal Years 2000 through 2004, there was steady growth. By the end of Fiscal Year 2004, there were 82 specially-selected reports in the database, 15 feature pages, and 46 entries on the Snapshots page.
In March 2005, finding aids were added: a Brief Table of Contents (precursor to the Featured Scientists/Topics pick list), a Table of Contents (precursor to the Site Map), and the A - Z Index. During 2005, in conjunction with the World Year of Physics, 71 specially-selected reports were added to the database and 22 Nobel Laureate feature pages were added to the website. Also added in 2005 was R&D Nuggets, an adjunct area containing scientific information and/or links to educational resources that are directly related to the content of DOE R&D Accomplishments.
During Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007 there was steady growth, ending with 227 specially-selected reports in the database and 55 feature pages.
In Fiscal Year 2008, Interesting Insights was added to the website. The fiscal year ended with 265 specially-selected reports in the database and 60 feature pages. Spotlight/announcement pages (precursor to RSS) were added.
Fiscal Year 2009 ended with 309 specially-selected reports in the database and 69 feature pages. One of the feature pages was about Dr. Steven Chu, whose page was created in conjunction with his selection to be the Secretary of Energy. Added during the FY2009 were a Google Sitemap and a Widget.
Fiscal Year 2010 ended with 355 specially-selected reports in the database and 76 feature pages. The single-field search was converted to a capability of searching multiple fields either individually or simultaneously and search results were enhanced to include patents. Added during this fiscal year were the Share capability, an About page with a brief history of DOE/predecessors, a Menu Synopsis page, the Blog, and videos about the content of the website.
In Fiscal Year 2011, 55 specially-selected reports were added to the database, eight Nobel Laureate feature pages were added, an XML service was developed, a QR Code was created, and an interactive tag cloud for the database bibliographic citations was made available.
During Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013, 62 specially-selected reports were added to the database and 21 feature pages were added. In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of its establishment, the Manhattan Project and Its Story were featured. FY2013 ended with 479 specially-selected reports in the database and 105 feature pages.
January 2014 is DOE R&D Accomplishments’ 15th anniversary -- a milestone on its continued journey of growth and development.