For more than 60 years, OSTI has been a pioneer in open government. Our latest contributions to making scientific and technical information accessible have been recognized in the Department of Energy’s Open Government Plan 2.0
On January 21, 2009, his first full day in office, President Obama signed the Memorandum of Transparency and Open Government, which called for "an unprecedented level of openness in government." Agencies subsequently were directed by the Office of Management and Budget to prepare open government plans that would serve "to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation and collaboration" throughout the Federal Government. DOE's initial Open Government Plan was published in the spring of 2010.
On April 9, 2012, DOE published its Open Government Plan 2.0, with an introduction by Secretary Chu. The new plan focuses on collaboration and lists six new initiatives that DOE has undertaken since the initial plan. One of the featured new initiatives is OSTI's ScienceCinema (see pages 19-20), which we launched in February 2011 and allows users to quickly find videos produced by the DOE National Labs and other DOE research facilities, as well as CERN.
The DOE Open Government Plan 2.0 also includes updates on OSTI’s products and services that were listed in the initial plan. The mentions include Green Energy Portal, ScienceEducation.gov, and our contributions to Data.gov and transparency, including Science Accelerator, data sets, the National Library of Energy concept, Multilingual WorldWideScience.org, and Science.gov.
OSTI is proud that the DOE Open Government Plan 2.0 recognizes several of our ongoing and planned products and services. We are committed to sustaining OSTI's legacy of serving the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration.