Ames Laboratory, location of the latest Energy Innovation Hub, the Critical Materials Institute, was the host of the 2013 DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP) Working Meeting, held in Des Moines, IA, April 8–12. Led and coordinated by OSTI, the DOE STIP is a complex-wide collaboration which works to ensure that the results of DOE-funded research and other scientific and technical information (STI) are managed, disseminated and preserved, thereby advancing scientific knowledge and technical innovation. Headquarters programs, field offices, national laboratories, and facility contractors work together as designated STIP representatives to identify best practices for STI management and effective ways to respond to emerging policy or initiatives. In addition to the annual two-day STIP Working Meeting, representatives participated in STIP orientation sessions and other special topics meetings.
The theme of the 2013 working meeting was STIP – DOE's Public Access Solution and More, reflecting the growing focus on increasing access to the results of federally-funded scientific research, including peer-reviewed publications. This has been an important topic within the Department following the issuance of the February 2013 Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) memorandum, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research." Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Deputy Director for Resource Management in the DOE Office of Science, Dr. Walt Warnick, OSTI Director, and Mark Martin, OSTI Assistant Director for Program Integration, presented on aspects of the public access initiative; and Stacy Joiner, STI manager for Ames Lab and host, and other STIP and OSTI representatives presented on other important topics impacting the Department’s management of one its most valuable resources – scientific and technical information. Additional information on STIP is available at the STIP homepage.