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1970s Beyond Nuclear Energy to Support All Forms of Energy

 

1970s Beyond Nuclear Energy to Support All Forms of Energy

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1970
New educational poster innovation launched, aimed at the elementary and junior high school level
1970
Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) used Scientific and Technical Information databases to demonstrate feasibility of accessing large databases worldwide by means of electronic communication
1970
Electronic access to citations via RECON retrieval system implemented
1972
Division of Technical Information Extension becomes Technical Information Center (TIC)
1973
Technical information program broadened to include not only nuclear energy, but all forms of energy sources such as fossil, geothermal, and renewable
1973
Interagency agreement with the National Technical Information Service signed to cover the sale of AEC reports
1974
President Gerald Ford signed the Energy Reorganization Act, thereby abolishing the AEC and establishing the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA)
1974
Energy Reorganization Act of 1974 (P.L. 93-438) provided for developing, collecting, distributing, and making scientific and technical information available for distribution
1974
International Energy Agency (IEA) founded by U.S. and other member countries of the Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development
1974
TIC became U.S. focal point for fulfilling cooperative information exchange mechanisms made under agreements with the IEA Coal Research Service and the IEA Biomass Information Service
1974
Energy Database initiated
1974
Magnetic tapes became routine medium for the transfer and exchange of technical information
1975
TIC fulfilled official and public requests for materials, and manages broad public education program covering the range of Agency’s energy research responsibilities
1975
TIC managed the ERDA centralized motion picture film library and loan service, serving schools, colleges, universities, industry, professional societies, and the general public
1975
Agency-wide technical information meetings initiated
1976
ERDA Research Abstracts developed to provide an announcement outlet for R&D results from all ERDA projects, non-nuclear as well as nuclear
1976
Nuclear Science Abstracts discontinued and replaced with Atomindex international announcement product, with TIC contributing U.S. input
1977
President Jimmy Carter established the Department of Energy
1977
Department of Energy Organization Act of 1977 (P.L. 95-91) stated that the Energy Secretary shall establish and maintain a central source of information on all energy resources and technology for disseminating information resulting from R&D programs
1977
TIC responded to citizens’ information needs during “energy crisis” to support President Carter’s National Energy Plan
1979
Research in Progress system established on behalf of the Department and becomes contributing source to Federal RIP