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Mar 1, 2012Forging the way with vision and foresight

OSTI launched the Information Bridge in 1998 as a free public access database containing full-text DOE research reports. OSTI envisioned there would be a dramatic increase in access to DOE research reports in the coming years. Sure enough ... (read more).

May 16, 2006OSTI increases visibility of DOE science via WorldCat

Librarians from around the world have a new avenue of access to research results from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

This one-stop search is free of charge, free of ads, and returns only reliable science information.

More than 120,000 records for DOE scientific and technical information are now available in WorldCat, a database merging catalogues of more than 50,000 libraries in 96 countries and territories.

"The library community will have access to DOE report literature as never before," said Dr. Walter Warnick, director of the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). "This is one more way that OSTI makes R&D electronically accessible." DOE research and development (R&D) records recently made available in WorldCat reflect those of the Information Bridge, developed by OSTI.

May 2, 2006Science.gov Adds NSDL to Collection

The nation's "go to" Web portal for government science information recently added the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) to its collection. This means that users can search all the science databases and more than 1,800 science Web sites at Science.gov, plus the 1.1 million records of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education resources at NSDL, with just one click.

This one-stop search is free of charge, free of ads, and returns only reliable science information.

"I think teachers and students are going to be especially pleased," said Eleanor Frierson, Science.gov Alliance co-chair and deputy director of the National Agricultural Library. "Science.gov already is widely used by the education sector; the NSDL addition expands and enhances our science education emphasis."

May 2, 2006OSTI sends science information to Iraqi scientists and educators

OSTI has opened access to the Energy Technology Data Exchange World Energy Base (ETDEWEB) and to Science.gov for Iraqi scientists and educators. The products were added to the Iraqi Virtual Science Library (https://www.ivsl.org/international_resources.html), a free resource made possible by a partnership with publishers, computer firms, universities, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Government.

Apr 4, 2006Alert Service Sends International Research to Public Desktops

Citizens can set up a free e-mail alert account and receive information on a wide variety of energy-related research through a new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) developed service. Users can target information of interest, and then choose whether to receive updates on a weekly, biweekly, monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Registration is required. The alert service can be accessed through ETDEWEB or Energy Technology Data Exchange World Energy Base.

Mar 7, 2006Science.gov Alerts 3.0 help track latest science information

The Science.gov Alert Service has been updated to take advantage of the new Science.gov 3.0 query capabilities. The Alert Service tracks the latest information on your science topics of interest and delivers that information to your desktop e-mail each Monday. The Science.gov Alert Service was highlighted by the Science.gov Alliance at the 2006 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting, February 16–20 in St. Louis, MO. The Alert Service is free, and registration is available at the Science.gov home page.

Mar 7, 2006DOE OSTI highlights Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock during Women's History Month

In 1983, Barbara McClintock, at the age of 81, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for her discovery of mobile genetic elements in plants. McClintock was the first woman to receive an unshared Nobel Prize in the category of Physiology or Medicine.

Feb 21, 2006Global Discovery introduced at AAAS 2006

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was a key participant in the symposium, Global Discovery on the Internet, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2006 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–20 in St. Louis, MO. The symposium introduced Global Discovery, which promises to increase the pace of science by searching all scientific communities at once for data, information, or methodological advances. "Imagine a Google-like search capability that returns results across the whole of science, giving scientists information on research they didn't even know existed," said Dr. Walter Warnick, director. "Except that this search would go further than traditional search engines. Rather than crawling across indexed information, this search would rapidly probe the world's most comprehensive databases and delve into the world's great scientific laboratories in real time." OSTI is conducting applied research on a number of challenges related to this vision aimed at turning local discovery into Global Discovery. The benefits for researchers, for citizens, and for the U.S. economy could prove far-reaching.

Jan 3, 2006OSTI's Jordan, Allen cited for central roles in Science.gov

OSTI's Sharon Jordan and Valerie Allen were recently cited for their central roles in the creation and ongoing development of Science.gov, a federal science Web portal. Jordan and Allen, along with Jean Bowers, National Technical Information Service and Ken Lanfear, U.S. Geological Survey, received the second annual Award of Meritorious Service, given by CENDI, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers from 12 U.S. federal agencies.

Jan 3, 2006Detection of Neutrino and Electroweak Theory Featured at OSTI's DOE R&D Accomplishments

Martinus J.G. Veltman, the John D. MacArthur Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Michigan, and [Frederick] Reines — known among scientists as the "father of neutrino physics," are highlighted. Veltman was awarded the 1999 Nobel Prize in physics "for elucidating the quantum structure of electroweak interactions in physics". Reines won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1995 ["for the detection of the neutrino"], nearly 40 years after his neutrino experiments changed the world of physics and set in motion a new way of looking at the universe.

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.

Jul 29, 2005Science.gov ALERTS

The Science.gov ALERTS feature is a service that will notify you weekly of new Science.gov information in your specific areas of interest.

Jul 29, 2005DOE Physicists at Work

The Department of Energy Office of Science, in coordination with researchers at universities nationwide and the DOE national laboratories, celebrates 2005 World Year of Physics through a year-long program of activities and materials highlighting how physics enables advances in the sciences – and how physics contributes to our quality of life. "DOE Physicists at Work" provides
profiles of representative DOE-sponsored physicists
doing research at universities and national laboratories.

Jul 28, 2005Science Conferences Launched

The Science Conferences portal was devised to expedite access to conference papers and proceedings in various fields of science and technology. Emphasis is on U.S. conferences hosted by scientific and professional organizations whose areas of focus are of interest to the Department of Energy mission. The Science Conferences portal provides the capability to search for conference papers and proceedings on multiple Web sites and databases with a single query. Users can identify documents at various sites, many of which permit purchase of full text online. Basic and advanced search are available.