U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Office of Scientific and Technical Information


Apr 2, 2012OSTI contribution to President's "Big Data Research and Development Initiative"

In the age of Big Data, OSTI is playing a key role to ensure the impact of DOE research is tracked and that a scholarly structure is in place to reward data producers. On Thursday, the White House released its Big Data Research and Development Initiative, and OSTI, the U.S. federal agency member of DataCite (a global consortium of leading scientific and technical information organizations), was recognized as playing a "key role" in shaping the policies and technical implementation of the practice of data citation. Data citation enables efficient reuse and verification of data, and OSTI recently implemented its Data Identification Service across the DOE complex. Through the OSTI Data ID Service, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) are assigned to research datasets, and then registered with DataCite to establish persistence. This initiative makes DOE datasets findable in commercial search engines (e.g. Google) and through federated search portals for science such as the DOE portal ScienceAccelerator.gov, the U.S. gateway Science.gov and the global search engine WorldWideScience.org. The importance of this undertaking is conveyed in the Administration's initiative, which states "By improving our ability to extract knowledge and insights from large and complex collections of digital data, the initiative promises to help solve some the Nation's most pressing challenges."

Mar 21, 2012Jordan Receives CENDI Award for Service

Sharon Jordan, former Assistant Director for Program Integration at the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), recently received the 2011 CENDI Meritorious Service Award. Jordan was recognized for her long-standing history of service and support of CENDI and, in particular, for her leadership in supporting the development of and promoting CENDI's premier flagship project, Science.gov. CENDI is an interagency consortium of senior scientific and technical information (STI) managers from 12 U.S. federal agencies which represents over 97% of the federal research and development budget. Science.gov is a search engine for science, covering over 50 databases and more than 2,100 selected websites from 12 federal agencies. The CENDI Meritorious Service Award recognizes an individual or team for making "a noteworthy contribution to CENDI and to federal interagency cooperation through its events, publications, administration, or outreach." Until her retirement in December 2011, Jordan had served for 18 months as the Deputy Chair of CENDI, providing a depth of knowledge of CENDI and STI (scientific and technical information) operations as well as her expertise in information policy. The Committee unanimously decided that Sharon's tireless and exemplary support of CENDI and Science.gov interests met the spirit of the award and chose her as the nominee most deserving of this special recognition of her peers.

Mar 15, 2012Charles Townes--the Maser and the Laser

Charles Townes foresaw the microwave spectroscope as a power tool for studying the structure of atoms and molecules and for the control of electromagnetic waves. His insights let to the Nobel Prize in 1964 "for fundamental work in quantum electronics which has led to the construction of oscillators and amplifiers based on the maser-laser principle." Find resources with additional information including many of his awards and honors at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

Mar 15, 2012OSTI Kicks Off 70th Anniversary Year for Manhattan Project

Why did they call it the Manhattan Project? Find out about this pivotal time in our nation's history when the U.S. government conducted a secret and massive nationwide enterprise that took science from the laboratory into combat with a new, world-changing weapon. Read about the establishment of the Manhattan Project, 1942, at the DOE R&D Accomplishments website. Get information on the early Manhattan Project days, including a map of project sites, key events, renowned scientists of the day and the many contributions from various sites around the country as the nation moved toward peaceful uses of atomic energy.

Mar 2, 2012DOE, University of Florida, building energy efficient homes for America

The University of Florida is a key player in the DOEBuilding America program. This multi-disciplinary research focuses on systems-engineered solutions for new and existing home energy savings and is funded by DOE. Read more at .EDUconnections, the website that spotlights educational institutions with connections to DOE scientific research programs.

Mar 2, 2012Howard University and OSTI’s .EDUconnections on the Energy Blog

Students at Washington, D.C.'s Howard University are helping to solve one of the biggest challenges facing renewable energy: how to introduce renewable resource-integrated networks to the nation's electricity grid. Read more about the .EDUconnections to Howard University at the Energy Blog.

Mar 1, 2012DOE Data Explorer now searches individual datasets

Now you can find individual datasets via the DOE Data Explorer. When you first enter your search term, the DOE Data Explorer retrieves collection records from the database. Then, from your results page, you can choose to have all the related individual dataset records that have been submitted to OSTI’s Energy Citations Database displayed. You can toggle back and forth between the two sets of search results, looking at the bibliographic information or linking out to the non-text collection or to the individual datasets.

Mar 1, 2012Students get search access, more interaction at new version of ScienceLab

ScienceLab is still the "go-to" source for homework help, project ideas, competitions, internships, activities, and more. But now students can also search and get access to the rich science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education resources from DOE programs and national laboratories. The site provides an interactive platform, allowing students to comment and rate resources and share their views and opinions with their peers. Students can Ask a Scientist, find out how to visit a DOE lab, get answers to real-life science questions, and explore science topics by grade level and resource type.

Mar 1, 2012Improved remote access to Science Accelerator

Use the Science Accelerator QR Code to access web collections made available by the U.S. Department of Energy. Collections include research reports, accomplishments, patents, project summaries, software, videos and much more. You can capture the QR Code by using designated barcode readers and/or camera phones to remotely access Science Accelerator to search for items in the collections.

Mar 1, 2012Startup Stars highlighted at OSTI's Science Showcase

The America's Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge, a part of the President's Startup America initiative, made it easier for start-ups to use inventions and technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's 17 National Laboratories and the Y-12 National Security Complex. Read about all 14 companies that entered the challenge and the winners.

Mar 1, 2011Macomb Community College featured at OSTI Community College Connections

From biological sciences to automotive engineering, Macomb Community College has a wide range of programs now featured at the Community College Connections website. Read about Macomb Community College and other colleges and universities benefiting from Department of Energy research and development at .EDUconnections and Community College Connections.

Feb 23, 2011Use tag cloud & get a quick look at DOE accomplishments

Use this tag cloud to quickly find research results related to your scientific key words of interest in the DOE R&D Accomplishments database. There is a direct correlation between font size and quantity: the more times a term appears in the bibliographic citations, the larger the font size. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science.

Feb 23, 2011Just what is the J/psi Particle? Read more at OSTI

The J/psi is the subatomic particle that helped verify the existence of the charmed quark and bolstered the theoretical picture explaining nature's fundamental particles and how they interact. Burton Richter shared the Nobel Prize in physics in 1976 for his co-discovery of J/psi. Find out more at the OSTI DOE R&D Accomplishments website.DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about significant outcomes of past DOE R&D widely recognized as remarkable advancements in science. For a quick look at the Accomplishments database, see the new Accomplishments tagcloud.

Feb 8, 2011Get scientific videos highlighting the most exciting R&D sponsored by DOE via ScienceCinema

ScienceCinema uses innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research to allow users to quickly find video files produced by the DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities. When users search for specific scientific words and phrases of interest to them, precise snippets of the video where the specific search term was spoken will appear along with a timeline. Users can then select a snippet or a segment along the timeline to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken. While the launch of the video database will include an initial 1,000 hours of content, it will continue to grow as new DOE R&D-related videos are produced. See the press release.

Feb 8, 2011More OSTI tools at Data.gov

Data.gov recently incorporated into its Tools Catalogue several additional search engines developed by OSTI. These include:

Feb 1, 2011From the development of exotic materials to the study of flu virus shuttles, Iowa State University and DOE partnership is on the move

Iowa State University's vision is to lead the world in advancing the land-grant ideas of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work. A unique partnership with Ames Lab is proving productive. Read more at the OSTI .EDUconnections website. .EDUconnections features U.S. institutions committed to supporting and advancing DOE scientific research programs. For more institutions in the .EDUconnections spotlight, visit the archive page.

Jan 26, 2011Get energy-related lab equipment for schools

Energy-related lab equipment is available to qualifying middle schools, high schools, universities, colleges, junior colleges, technical institutes, museums, or hospitals in the United States for use in energy oriented educational programs. The equipment is available for a limited time and is granted on a first-received application, first-qualified basis. The listing of equipment available through the ERLE Grant Program is updated as new equipment is identified. In FY 2010, ERLE processed 645 successful grants for a total equipment value of $11,113,265.25.

Jan 19, 2011OSTI Video Featured

An OSTI video is featured at the Energy Blog's Vintage Energy. The Energy Blog says that the DOE R&D Accomplishments: Visions of Success video "does a great job detailing DOE's accomplishments -- and with some energetic music to boot!"

Jan 3, 2011Biofuels, Green Technologies from Central Carolina Community College featured at OSTI

  Students at this community college in North Carolina can get in on the ground level of constructing a pilot scale plant capable of producing biofuels -- then see the fuel they produce run college vehicles and equipment. Central Carolina Community College offers a variety of scientific and technical programs with an emphasis on sustainable technologies. Read more at community college connections, part of the .EDUconnections website hosted by OSTI.

May 19, 2009Ensuring scientific digital data is preserved for maximum use

The report, Harnessing the Power of Digital Data for Science and Society, released by the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data (IWGDD) to the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council, describes a strategy to promote preservation and access to digital scientific data. According to press information from the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program, the IWGDD report "provides a strategy to ensure that digital scientific data produced by and for the Federal government can be reliably preserved for maximum access in catalyzing progress in science and society." In June 2008, OSTI launched the DOE Data Explorer for discovering DOE scientific research data wherever they reside. OSTI Director Walter Warnick is one of the Department of Energy representatives on the IWGDD.

May 6, 2009Research from Russia added to WorldWideScience.org

A database containing approximately 5,000 project summaries of research taking place in Russia and several former Soviet states has been added to WorldWideScience.org, the one-stop gateway to online global science information. The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), established by international agreement in November 1992 as a nonproliferation program, contributed its projects database to WorldWideScience.org. ISTC coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international organizations, and private sector industries, providing former weapons scientists from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States with new opportunities for sustainable, peaceful employment. The Parties to ISTC are Canada, the United States, the European Union, Japan, Norway and South Korea (funding Parties), as well as Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan (recipient Parties). WorldWideScience.org allows users to search scientific research of approximately 60 countries with one search query. Wikipedia results and EurekAlert! Science News relevant to science queries are available.

May 6, 2009Korean medical research now at WorldWideScience.org

KoreaMed, a product similar in scope to PubMed in scope, was recently added to WorldWideScience.org, the one-stop gateway to online global science information. KoreaMed provides access to articles published in Korean medical journals of the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE). English titles and abstracts are available, along with full text in Korean and/or English. Coverage goes back to approximately 1997. WorldWideScience.org ensures quick and easy access to the scientific research from national portals globally. Wikipedia results and EurekAlert! Science News relevant to science queries are available.

Mar 25, 2009Teachers, students, learn about search engines for science

You found it! But what is it? The Big 3 "search engines just for science," showcased at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference, held March 19-22 in New Orleans. Teachers got first hand experience test driving ScienceAccelerator.gov (DOE science collections), Science.gov (U.S. government science information) and WorldWideScience.org (global science information) at the OSTI booth
. In addition, teachers and college students attended a presentation
to learn that the search engines offer the wide range of research information relevant to their work.

Mar 17, 2009Finding DOE research documents just got easier

When you search for energy-related documents at the OSTI Information Bridge database, your search results now generate clusters of authors and subjects related to your query. So you get a list of full-text documents to download plus a list of authors doing related work and a list of subjects on related research. These lists are linked, leading to additional full-text documents related to your search query, allowing deeper exploration of your topic. Information Bridge provides free public access to over 200,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/or DOE grantees. Legacy documents are added as they become available in electronic format./>

Feb 12, 2009Defense, NASA and Transportation Research Added to Searchable Summaries

Now you can find research project summaries from the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Transportation Research Board at Federal R&D Project Summaries. From a New York City Park and Ride Study to Defense Research Sciences Budget Activity to Transgenic Plant Biomonitors of Space Flight Exposure, the portal helps users find research projects across the federal government and provides access to more than 800,000 research projects complete with full-text single-query searching of databases residing at 9 different agencies and organizations. The site, hosted by OSTI, was recently updated and now offers advanced searching by project content, principal investigator, or title and narrows results quickly by grouping them by subtopic or principal investigator. New content includes recently completed transportation research projects by the Transportation Research Board, NASA-funded research and lists of publications, and Department of Defense research, development, test and evaluation programs and program elements.

Feb 11, 2009Now Find U.S. Department of Transportation Information in Science.gov

Hundreds of thousands of records and full-text documents from the U. S. Department of Transportation can now be found in Science.gov. This means that when you launch a search at the Science.gov gateway, your single query can find science information from 14 government agencies, including the DOT National Transportation Library (NTL) Integrated Search and more than 30 DOT websites. Major subject areas of highway and transportation engineering, statistics, planning, policies, and research are included in the Science.gov basic search and advanced search options. Science.gov provides search of 200 million pages of science information and research results. A single query searches across 38 databases and portals and more than 1,900 websites. The information is free and no registration is required.

Jan 27, 2009Get solvents data; Visit the DOE Data Explorer

Learn about solvents while getting quick access to other scientific research data collections residing at national laboratories, data centers, user facilities, colleges and universities, or the websites of professional organizations, consortiums, corporate institutions, or international organizations. Scientific research data includes computer simulations, numeric data files, figures and plots, interactive maps, multimedia, and scientific images generated in the course of DOE-sponsored research in various science disciplines. The current featured site is a collection of solvents data from the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences. View the collection citation or go directly to the data. The DOE Data Explorer was developed and is maintained by OSTI. All of the collections are available for free access, although some require password registration./>

Jan 27, 2009View the documents of DOE scientist Kenneth Kulander via the Energy Citations Database

Kenneth Kulander is the recipient of the 2008 Will Allis Prize for the study of ionized Gases. Kulander was leader of the Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Group at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. View associated documents from the OSTI Energy Citations Database. Read more about the researcher from the American Physical Society. Energy Citations Database provides free access to over 2.3 million science research citations and more than 197,000 electronic documents. Energy Citations Database was developed and is maintained by OSTI.

Jan 13, 2009ScienceAccelerator.gov Facilitates Science Communication

Science Accelerator speeds discovery of quality science content via a wide variety of search and retrieval options for customizing your search experience. />

The search engine that helps you find science information from U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) key resources provides advanced searching; automatically spell checks your search term(s); allows you to sort and/or e-mail your search results; permits narrowing your search results by searching within a search; offers the capability to export search results into your citation management software; provides links to EurekAlert! Science News and Wikipedia information on your topic(s) of interest; and clusters results by related topics and/or by date in order to more easily target subsequent searches.

Science Accelerator helps you to find research and development reports; e-prints; science conference proceedings; DOE patents, accomplishments, project descriptions, and software; DOE-associated Nobel Prize Winners; and more.

Feb 26, 2008Approximately 10,000 legacy DOE R&D documents added to Information Bridge searchable database

OSTI recently completed a digitization load of legacy technical reports issued during 1991 to 1994. This process added approximately 10,000 documents to the Information Bridge database, bringing the total (1991 to present) to more than 165,000 fully searchable full-text documents. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics. Information Bridge was developed and is maintained by OSTI, and is a resource of the DOE Science Accelerator.

Jan 22, 2008Over 5 million scientific e-prints at E-print network

Now you can access more than 5 million e-prints at OSTI’s E-print Network. The rapidly growing gateway to over 27,850 scientific Web sites and databases worldwide allows free one-stop searching of scientific and technical information created by scientists and research engineers active in their respective fields. E-prints are available in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also including subject areas such as chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to DOE. In addition to e-prints, you can browse by discipline and/or language more than 3,000 scientific societies. Weekly email alerts are available through a free subscription service.

Jan 8, 2008Climate Change Documents Added to Database

In conjunction with the centennial of Edward Teller's birth on January 15, OSTI has posted a document section addressing climate change and global warming. Users can download from DOE R&D Accomplishments the full text of documents co-authored by Teller, such as "Global Warming and Ice Ages: I. Prospects For Physics Based Modulation of Global Change"; "Long-range Weather Prediction and Prevention of Climate Catastrophes: A Status Report"; "Long Range Weather Prediction III: Miniaturized Distributed Sensors for Global Atmospheric Measurements"; "Toward Robust Climate Baselining: Objective Assessment of Climate Change Using Widely Distributed Miniaturized Sensors for Accurate World-Wide Geophysical Measurements"; and "Active Climate Stabilization: Practical Physics-Based Approaches to Prevention of Climate Change."

Jan 8, 2008Edward Teller, Still Shaking Up Science Today

From "Sound Waves to Stars", the work of Edward Teller, an icon of 20th Century Physics, still resonates today. Teller, co-founder and Director Emeritus of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, was at the forefront of the some of the 20th Century's most dramatic and history-making events (see press release), and his impact is still felt in such diverse fields as nuclear physics, plasma physics, astrophysics, and statistical mechanics. In conjunction with the centennial of Teller's birth on January 15, OSTI has posted at its DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site highlights of his outstanding career.

Apr 4, 2007ATP "molecular machine" highlighted at OSTI's Information Bridge

Called a “molecular machine,” ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, helps churn
energy for all living creatures. In fact, a hard-working human can convert
almost a ton of ATP daily (see Adenosine
Triphosphate: The Energy Currency of Life
). Research examining ATP synthase,
the enzyme responsible for synthesizing ATP, netted Paul
D. Boyer
a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. At OSTI's Information
, you can read related research on ATP, by either performing a search or
by viewing the ATP featured
list. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature. Information Bridge contains
documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE's mission.

Apr 4, 2007Top Quark research featured at OSTI

The top quark is unique among the six predicted quarks because of its large mass. That's one reason scientists persist in their enthusiastic study of this fundamental particle of nature. “If we can measure its properties precisely, we're likely to gain insight into completely new physics,” Fermilab theorist Tim Tait states in “Why We Care About the Top Quark:  CDF Explains”. This and other top quark articles, Web sites and research documents are featured at the OSTI Web resource DOE R&D Accomplishments. What was the research environment one year prior to the remarkable discovery of the top quark? Find out in the 1994 DOE Report, “The Top Quark – Is it There?” Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the discovery of the top quark in 1995 and continue to carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from? DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Mar 6, 2007OSTI initiative with Google cited

OSTI is one of three federal government Web sites to make their content accessible for commercial search engines, according to a February 21, 2007 Government Executive article, “Google moves ahead with plan to open up federal Web sites.” OSTI took the initiative to pioneer government information exposure to commercial search engines supporting the Sitemap Protocol, and since that time Google has used the OSTI example to demonstrate its Sitemap Protocol. OSTI submitted the Google sitemap for its home page in April 2006. In addition, Google founder Larry Page spoke to scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February, and stressed the importance of access to scientific information, saying, “We have to unlock the wealth of scientific knowledge and get it to everyone.” Currently, about half of OSTI's Web traffic (close to 80-million information transactions per year) stems from referrals from Google, Yahoo! and MSN. OSTI currently supplies the highest volume of data of federal Web sites via this new Sitemap Protocol.

Mar 6, 2007OSTI participates in workshop to promote multilateral exchange of energy research information

Through its involvement with the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), OSTI participated in the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 20–22 (view press release and presentations/outcomes).
The purpose of the workshop was to explore mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities between South Africa and the IEA's energy technology network (including ETDE). ETDE was formed in 1987 under the IEA. Currently, more than 15 countries share their energy research and technology information through the Web version of ETDE's Energy Database, ETDEWEB. The ETDE agreement is managed by OSTI in its role as Operating Agent. The information collection, which totals more than 3.8-million items, is made available to U.S. researchers by OSTI. OSTI is the U.S. member of ETDE.

Mar 6, 2007Listen to OSTI Podcasts, Recently Updated

Tune in to news on OSTI's E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network, and on OSTI's Solar Energy feature at the DOE R&D Accomplishments site. OSTI podcasts allow users to download OSTI news to a portable digital audio player, enabling you to listen to OSTI news whenever you like.

Mar 6, 2007Paul Boyer, 1997 Nobel Prize Winner, Featured at OSTI

He proposed a theory that was greeted with disbelief, and eventually he closed his lab thinking his career was over. Nine years later, in 1997, Paul Boyer held the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the process by which molecules produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Read more on Paul Boyer at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site. In addition, view a sampling of Boyer's documents and related research and access additional related Web sites about Boyer's work. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Feb 20, 2007Science.gov 4.0 Launched at AAAS 2007

Science.gov launched Version
in San Francisco on Friday, February 16, at the American
Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting
. This latest version deploys DeepRank,
which allows search and relevancy ranking across full text of documents when full text is available. In addition, Science.gov 4.0 adds a "refine
results" option to narrow returns within a search, as well as an "e-mail results" feature so that individuals may e-mail important science information
to themselves, friends and family, or colleagues. Version 4.0 offers more ways to view search results: by title, author or date, as well as by relevancy
rank or source, as in earlier versions. OSTI hosts Science.gov, the interagency portal to federal scientific databases and Web sites.

Feb 6, 2007OSTI to participate in nano workshop in Oak Ridge

OSTI will participate in the Informatics Needs for Nanomaterials Workshop being held February 8-9, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The workshop is hosted by Informatics Research Library in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is the first of a series of workshops to address the informatics needs in nanotechnology. OSTI Director Walt Warnick will give a presentation, “Speeding Up Nano Progress Using Information Diffusion.” Participants include researchers from universities, federal facilities and industry, and leaders in the field of nanotechnology, including representatives of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, Virginia; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory for the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland.

Feb 6, 2007OSTI's "Giant collection of DOE research" highlighted

By FRANK MUNGER, munger@knews.com

February 5, 2007

OAK RIDGE – In a government town that's known for its remarkable resources, the Office of Scientific and Technical Information probably doesn't get the
attention it deserves. It's in a converted warehouse, and it's not a stop on any historical tours. It doesn't have the glamour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory
or the daunting security of the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. It doesn't even glow in the dark, unless somebody forgets and leaves the lights on.

But OSTI is a cool place, especially in these info-crazy times. Story

Jan 9, 2007OSTI sends solar energy info to public

The sun's heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed in many ways. You can read more and find a wide range of solar energy information through OSTI's Solar Energy Web page. From educational materials to radiation resource information, OSTI has pulled together one-stop access to Department of Energy solar energy resources, as well as a listing of featured documents on solar energy research. DOE has played a major role in solar energy research and development. As a result of solar R&D, the "cost of solar energy has been reduced 100-fold over the past two decades" (from DOE's Making Solar Energy More Affordable). OSTI's Solar Energy page is part of OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site. Technical reports on solar energy are available through OSTI's Information Bridge. For additional featured solar information, visit OSTI's R&D Nuggets page.

Aug 8, 2006OSTI features Nobel Prize winner Leon Lederman

Read about this second son of Russian-Jewish parents who, along with his research partners, won the 1988 Nobel Prize in physics for "transforming the ghostly neutrino into an active tool of research." The OSTI-developed and -managed Web site, DOE R&D Accomplishments, has posted a feature highlighting Leon Lederman, who proposed the idea that eventually became the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. In addition to the Lederman feature, explore two additions to the Snapshots page: Argonne Licenses Anti-Jet-Lag-Diet Software to Online Company and Discoveries at Fermilab. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE research and development.

Aug 8, 2006Over 9,000 projects added/updated to DOE R&D Project Summaries

More than 9,000 ongoing or recently completed research projects from the past year have been added and/or updated at the publicly accessible database DOE R&D Project Summaries. These Energy Department projects pertain to a range of disciplines in energy, science, and technology, including fossil energy, environmental management, and renewable energy. This application was developed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information as a means for the DOE to educate and inform the general public of its R&D activities. The database currently includes approximately 30,000 DOE research projects that are online and searchable.

Jul 18, 2006OSTI's E-print Network content tops 900,000 documents

OSTI's E-print Network: Research Communications for Scientists and Engineers now provides access to over 900,000 documents on more than 22,000 scientific e-print Web sites. In addition, the E-print Network provides links to more than 2,900 relevant scientific societies. This Web portal, established as the PrePRINT Network in 2000, is a 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. It is a set of specialized tools and features designed to facilitate the exchange and use of scientific information. A deep Web distributed search across E-prints on Web sites and/or databases is available. This deep Web search allows for compilation and assimilation of data to facilitate information discovery and reuse.

Jul 18, 2006OpenNet recently redesigned for Office of Classification

OpenNet is now easier to navigate and includes more full-text content that can be searched electronically. The Web portal, developed by OSTI in support of the Department of Energy's commitment to openness, provides timely access to recently declassified documents, including information declassified in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. This database will include references to all DOE documents declassified and made publicly available after October 1, 1994. New references will be added periodically as they are available. OpenNet was developed and redesigned for the Office of Classification within the Office of Security and Safety Performance Assurance.

Jul 3, 2006"Space batteries" highlighted at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments

Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs), called "space batteries" or "nuclear batteries", have provided spacecraft power for many years. Most recently, an RTG provides power for the New Horizons spacecraft which was launched January 19, 2006, from Florida's Kennedy Space Center. The spacecraft is expected to take a 9-1/2 year journey to explore Pluto and its moons. During exploration, a long-lasting plutonium-238 powered generator developed by researchers at DOE national labs in Idaho, Oak Ridge, and Los Alamos will provide heat and electricity for the spacecraft. OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central Web forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Jun 20, 2006OSTI employee director-elect of new SLA division

Valerie Allen, senior technical information specialist at U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, was recently named director-elect of the newly formed Government Information Division of the Special Libraries Association. The Government Information Division is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information on the value and use of government information and government libraries. It provides an opportunity to integrate and strengthen the dissemination of government information while enhancing the network of those for which this type of information plays an important role. As director of the Government Information Division, Allen will serve a one-year term, January 2007–December 2007, focusing on planning future directions, reviewing aspects of the division's operation, and other endeavors affecting the overall philosophy of the division. She will serve as a member of the Division Executive Board. Allen was named director-elect during the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference held June 10–15 in Baltimore.

Jun 6, 2006Relevancy Ranking enhanced at Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database

A basic search now returns more relevant results than ever at OSTI's Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database. Recently implemented technology sorts through DOE's research results and rapidly returns information in an order more likely to meet the user's needs. Future plans include relevancy ranking enhancements on the advanced search options as well. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Energy Citations Database provides free access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 through the present. Both databases are continually growing through regular updates.

Jun 6, 2006OSTI highlights "AEC Information Retrieval Experiment"

One of the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) News Releases for the week ending August 5, 1970 was about a successful worldwide information retrieval experiment. The AEC experiment demonstrated that a terminal in Paris could search a computer in California and display the resulting bibliographic citations on a screen in Paris. OSTI has featured the AEC experiment at its DOE R&D Accomplishments Web site. DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Jun 6, 2006Dr. Walter Warnick invited to speak at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information Public Conference

Dr. Walter Warnick, director of OSTI, has been invited to speak at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information Public Conference. The conference will be held at the Lister Hill Center Auditorium at the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland June 7–8, and will be followed by the General Assembly June 9–10. Dr. Warnick's presentation is entitled "Global Search and Distributed Repositories: Science.world."

Jun 6, 2006Science.gov, Geothermal Energy Technology exhibits at Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit

OSTI highlighted Science.gov and the Geothermal Energy Technology subject portal at the 16thTennessee Valley Corridor Summit, held at the Chattanooga Convention Center May 31 to June 1. Science.gov, the nation's "go to" Web portal for government science information, is a collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies. The Geothermal subject portal, providing distributed searching of full-text technical reports and other resources, is sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). This was the 16th in a series of regular economic development summits organized to help strategically link the technology-rich Tennessee Valley Corridor — from North Alabama through East Tennessee into Southwest Virginia and Southern and Eastern Kentucky.

Aug 16, 2005New Feature at OSTI's DOE R& D Accomplishments

Sheldon Glashow, whose work has been instrumental in understanding how our universe came into being, and Steven Weinberg, author of the prize-winning book The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe, are two Noble Laureates featured at OSTI's DOE R &D Accomplishments.

Aug 16, 2005OSTI Establishes OAI Server, Achieves Broader Exposure for Records

OSTI's establishment of an OAI server immediately opened more than 108,000 records for harvesting by the National Science Digital Library and other OAI users, achieving broader exposure of searchable science through OSTI's suite of R&D databases.

Aug 16, 2005OSTI Increases Total Number of Documents Available to the Public

OSTI is pleased to announce the addition of full-text reports from 1994 in digital form to the DOE Information Bridge, bringing the currently viewable total to more than 108,000 DOE scientific and technical reports.

Aug 16, 2005DOE/OSTI Joins CrossRef to Facilitate Reuse of Science and Technology Reports

“We believe that coupling the vast resources available on Information Bridge with the reference-linking capabilities of CrossRef will advance OSTI's mission of making DOE research results more accessible,” said Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of OSTI.

Aug 16, 2005OSTI Announces Alert Service for arXiv Patrons

Now arXiv patrons can receive automatic notification of the latest information posted on arXiv, as well as other e-print sources in OSTI's E-print Network.

Aug 16, 2005OSTI's Search Tools in Top 100

Online search tools at OSTI hold five slots in the recently posted Top 100 Science/Technology Government Information Web sites by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

Aug 16, 2005Science Conferences Launched

A new search tool, developed by OSTI, makes DOE-related science conference papers and proceedings easier for you to access and easier for you to search. The portal permits users to simultaneously search for conference papers and proceedings at number of scientific and professional organizations. Many of the organizations facilitate purchase of full text online documents through an online shopping cart.

Aug 16, 2005DOE Physicists at Work feature series

The drying up of his research funds may have been the best thing that ever happened to Andrew Post-Zwicker, head of the Science Education Program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).

Aug 16, 2005The Opportunity for Global Discovery in Science

One of the great remaining diffusion challenges is something called global discovery. The problem of global discovery occurs when a scientist needs to look outside of their own research community to solve a problem, and there is no way to tell what other community to search in ... The opportunity exists, therefore, to build a true global search facility. Such a facility would give scientists the ability to quickly find out what is going on in the whole rest of science ...

Aug 16, 2005New Feature at OSTI's DOE R& D Accomplishments

Sheldon Glashow, whose work has been instrumental in understanding how our universe came into being, and Steven Weinberg, author of the prize-winning book The First Three Minutes: A Modern View of the Origin of the Universe, are two Noble Laureates featured at OSTI's DOE R &D Accomplishments.