by Brian Hitson on Wed, Oct 1, 2008
Because we live in a digital world, many people mistakenly believe all research is easily available online. Not only is this a false assumption, it's not even an easy task to digitize the volume of research currently available in paper format and get it posted online.
That's why OSTI is pleased to announce that we've recently posted 15,000 DOE research reports heretofore only available in paper or microfiche. These important research documents are now easily accessible to researchers and the public via OSTI's Information Bridge.
This happened because of OSTI's longstanding participation in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Nuclear Information System (INIS). Prior to the days in which all technical reports were created in electronic media, OSTI, the U.S. member organization to INIS, sent DOE technical reports in microfiche to INIS. Recently an initiative launched by INIS, with IAEA funding, kicked into gear the digitization of legacy holdings from member nations.
Digitizing these documents affords INIS the opportunity to add this important research to the INIS database and provide the electronic files back to the member organizations for use in their own databases. Consequently, OSTI has added these electronic files to the DOE Information Bridge, increasing its size to nearly 190,000 reports, or 9 percent. The Information Bridge, a core OSTI product featuring DOE scientific output, performs over 3 million user transactions per month.
The OSTI/IAEA-INIS collaboration promises to yield even more digitized reports in the future, helping OSTI take important steps toward meeting the challenge of digitizing its 1 million document repository. So collaboration is paying dividends for researchers and the American public as U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research reports previously unavailable on the World Wide Web become digitized and readily accessible.
Digitized technical reports from other nations are available through the INIS database, hosted in Vienna, Austria.