Newsletter for Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Exploring DOE Data Treasure

What Is a DOI?

A DOI, or digital object identifier, is a permanent, electronic identification assigned to individual documents or datasets. This gives the content more stable linking, and aids in citation, discovery and retrieval of R&D results and scholarly publications. When available, DOIs are added to records in OSTI databases for journal articles, conference papers, theses and dissertations, books, book chapters, and technical reports.

There are databases, and then there are treasure maps. The DOE Data Explorer (DDE) merges the two concepts into a product offering the best of both. DDE’s database provides the features needed for simple retrieval or advanced searching. The treasure map aspect comes from DDE’s content, which links you to collections of data and non-text information wherever those collections reside. (Read more at the OSTIblog.)

Instead of sailing the seven seas, you can browse DDE’s seven types of content. Choose “Browse by Content Type” from the drop down menu on the DDE homepage and hit the “Submit” button. Each one of the seven categories shown on the results page will open a list of every collection tagged in DDE with that particular type of content. Or, select “DOE Data Centers” on DDE’S menu bar and try some of the highly specialized interfaces that will help you dig deeper. Search the database by subject categories or visit some of the hundreds of organizations listed in DDE citations as partners and collaborators. Pick up the widget for your web page. However you choose to follow the treasure map of the DOE Data Explorer, you’re almost certain to find new paths you’ve never followed before, new resources you haven’t used before, and the prize of information you’ll want to bookmark for frequent return. So follow the “Browse” links and explore the rich realm of DOE’s data and non-text information at the DOE Data Explorer.