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OSTI Partnerships and Strategic Alliances

OSTI has a track record of success in collaboration across a range of communities. OSTI's ability to forge partnerships and strategic alliances opens avenues for researchers and the American public to gain appropriate and ready access to both historic and ongoing research and development information.

Department of Energy

Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP)

STIP is a collaboration from across the DOE complex working to ensure that the results of DOE-funded research and development (R&D) and other science and technology activities are identified, disseminated, and preserved. STIP members, led by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), work together to increase the availability and transparency of various types of STI, using best practices, tools, references, and standard operating procedures.

Interagency Alliance

OSTI hosts, an interagency initiative of 18 U.S. government science organizations within 13 Federal agencies. These agencies form the voluntary Alliance, the decision-making body for Visitors to the site can search via one query across Alliance agency resources and access the U.S. government's vast stores of scientific and technical information, finding authoritative government information without having to know which Federal agency holds that information.


OSTI is an active member of the community of federal agencies and organizations responsible for handling the nation's federally funded STI. CENDI is an interagency working group of senior Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Managers from 13 U.S. federal agencies. These agencies represent approximately 97 percent of the federal R&D budget. OSTI represents the Department of Energy.

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

National Technical Information Service (NTIS) serves as a public outlet for Federal report information, and OSTI has a long standing relationship with NTIS to provide research results from the Department of Energy to further public access.


OSTI leverages its longstanding collections of Department of Energy R&D information to gain access to international STI. This access benefits the U.S. science and research community.  For links to specific databases/portals, see international information resources.

WorldWideScience Alliance is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals. accelerates scientific discovery and progress by providing one-stop searching of databases from around the world. Multilingual WorldWideScience.orgBETA provides real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed multilingual scientific literature. The WorldWideScience Alliance, a multilateral partnership, consists of participating member countries and provides the governance structure for On behalf of the WorldWideScience Alliance, was developed and is maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), which serves as the Operating Agent. OSTI Director Walt Warnick and associate director Brian Hitson are OSTIís participants in the Alliance, and Lorrie Johnson is the Operating Agent Representative.

IEA Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE)
Under the auspices of the International Energy Agency, ETDE is an implementing agreement initiated in 1987. Through its member countries and international partners, ETDE provides an extensive bibliographic and full text database announcing published energy research and technology information. OSTI represents the U.S. Department of Energy in the agreement and provides the U.S. input. Brian Hitson, the U.S. delegate to ETDE, currently serves as chairman of the ETDE Executive Committee. OSTI also serves as the ETDE Operating Agent for ETDE, managing the agreement and its web version of the database, ETDEWEB. Debbie Cutler, OSTI International Program Manager, serves as Operating Agent Representative.

IAEA International Nuclear Information System (INIS)
Under the aegis of the International Atomic Energy Agency, INIS provides a comprehensive information reference service for literature on the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technology. OSTI played an instrumental role in the creation of INIS in 1969/1970 and continues to provide the U.S. INIS Liaison Officer and the U.S. nuclear STI input to INIS.  Brian Hitson serves as the primary INIS Liaison Officer, and Debbie Cutler, the alternate INIS Liaison Officer.

International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI)
ICSTI offers a unique forum for interaction between organizations that create, disseminate and use scientific and technical information. The ICSTI mission cuts across scientific and technical disciplines, as well as international borders, to give member organizations the benefit of a truly global community. OSTI represents the Department of Energy in ICSTI, joining other U.S. and international organizations. Walt Warnick and Brian Hitson represent OSTI in ICSTI. Mr. Hitson is currently serving as Chair of the Technical Activities Coordinating Committee.

Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) Databank
OSTI is one of several DOE entities that participate in an international agreement with NEA for software and data exchanges. OSTI’s Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC) and the NEA Databank cooperate on software exchanges.

Additional Public Access

Commercial search engines

OSTI is making DOE's STI accessible to public search engines through partnerships and collaboration with commercial search engines such as Yahoo!, Google, and MSN.


By implementing an Alert Service for patrons of arXiv, a service of Cornell University Library System, OSTI automatically notifies users of the latest information posted on arXiv. OSTI provides this special interface for e-print arXiv patrons ( through its E-print Network, vast, integrated network of electronic scientific and technical information created by scientists and research engineers active in their respective fields, intended for use by other scientists, engineers, and students at advanced levels.


OSTI pioneered this first-of-a-kind government–private partnership with CrossRef, a nationally recognized reference-linking service for scholarly and professional content, in order to facilitate access to the Agency's vast stores of scientific and technical information. OSTI and CrossRef are using Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to facilitate the access to 110,000 science research reports available electronically on OSTI's Information Bridge. A DOI provides a way to track, exchange, and manage content over time in the digital universe, regardless of changing information related to that content.


In an effort to increase and encourage scholarly communication and to disseminate research, OSTI's E-print Network was chosen as a Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition partner. The selection recognized the contribution of the E-print Network to expanded availability and use of open-access scientific and technical research on the Internet. The E-print Network utilizes a unique deep web search capability that combines full-text searching through PDF documents residing on e-print websites with a distributed search across e-print databases.

National Science Digital Library (NSDL)/Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)

OSTIís establishment of an OAI server immediately opened more than 110,000 records for harvesting by the NSDL and other OAI users, such as OCLC, achieving broader exposure of searchable science through OSTIís suite of R&D databases. By becoming a data provider adopting the OAI technical framework, OSTI took another step toward easing access and search of the deep web.


East Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) and the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC)

OSTI works with numerous information and technical organizations across the state of Tennessee and throughout the East Tennessee Technology Corridor, which spans Chattanooga, through Knoxville, to Johnson City, in support of important economic, science and technology initiatives. OSTI has partnered with a wide variety of civic, educational, and Government-sponsored organizations.


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