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OSTI Partnerships and Strategic Alliances


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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.



Science.gov Alliance

OSTI hosts Science.gov, an interagency initiative of 19 U.S. government science organizations within 15 Federal agencies. These agencies form the voluntary Science.gov Alliance, the decision-making body for Science.gov. 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 14 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
WorldWideScience.org is a global science gateway comprised of national and international scientific databases and portals. WorldWideScience.org 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 WorldWideScience.org. On behalf of the WorldWideScience Alliance, WorldWideScience.org was developed and is maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), which serves as the Operating Agent. Both OSTI Director Brian Hitson and Product Manager Lorrie Johnson are OSTI’s participants in the Alliance.


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. OSTI Director, Brian Hitson serves as the primary INIS Liaison Officer, and Debbie Cutler, the alternate INIS Liaison Officer.


WorldWideEnergy Alliance 
WorldWideEnergy.org is a federated search application giving users a single entry point to find targeted energy-related content.  Users search databases and websites from a variety of international and domestic sources, plus the original research results-rich content of the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) World Energy Base (ETDEWEB).  On behalf of the former ETDE agreement, and the informal WorldWideEnergy Alliance, WorldWideEnergy was developed and is maintained by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), which serves as the Operating Agent.  Product Manager Debbie Cutler represents OSTI.


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.  OSTI Director, Brian Hitson represents OSTI in ICSTI.


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 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 Microsoft Network (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 (www.osti.gov/eprints/arxivalerts.html) 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 over 110,000 science research reports available electronically on SciTech Connect. 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 (SPARC) 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)

Science.gov, the nation's "go to" Web portal for government science information provides as one search source of its collection, the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). This means that users can search all the science databases and more than 1,800 science Web sites at Science.gov plus the 1.1 million records of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education resources at NSDL, with just one click.

OSTI’s establishment of an OAI Server

OSTI's OAI (Open Archives Initiative) 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 OSTI’s suite of R&D databases. By becoming a data provider adopting the OAI technical framework, OSTI took another step toward increasing access to scientific and technical information. 



Last updated on Tuesday 19 May 2015