Newsletter for Office of Scientific and Technical Information

OSTI.gov Newsletter

Collaboration with Commercial Search Engines to Extend Reach of DOE R&D
Google, Ask.com, Yahoo, bing search engines

"Our success should be measured not when a project is completed or an experiment concluded, but when scientific and technical information is disseminated."

–2011 Department of Energy Strategic Plan

How can DOE labs and facilities make their researchers’ R&D more visible in the large commercial search engine landscape?  The staff at OSTI thought that DOE programs shouldn’t have to wait for the big search engines to find the R&D or the researchers. So, back in the early 2000s, OSTI began working with Google and Yahoo! to make the DOE R&D results submitted by the DOE complex-wide STIP community available through the commercial search engines. The effort culminated with the implementation of the Site Map Protocol, and the testimony of Google's J.L. Needham to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on December 11, 2007, detailed that work. He noted that OSTI “operates a large database that makes research and development findings available to the public. OSTI developed a Sitemap for its Energy Citations and Information Bridge services in just 12 hours, opening up 2.3 million bibliographic records and full-text documents to crawling by search engines. After its implementation of Sitemaps, OSTI saw a dramatic increase in traffic to its services... ."  Of course, none of this would be possible without a strong DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP) community working to ensure their R&D results are submitted to OSTI so they can be broadly disseminated to advance science.