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ScienceCinema -- Multimedia and Visualization Innovations for Science

by Brian Hitson 08 Feb, 2011 in Technology

ScienceCinema, OSTI's new multimedia search tool, was launched yesterday as part of a one-day workshop, “Multimedia and Visualization Innovations for Science,” jointly hosted by Microsoft and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), held in Redmond, Washington.

Related Topics: energy blog, OSTI press release, ScienceCinema

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OSTI’s Web Metrics – Persistent Cookies and the Functionality They Enable

by Mark Martin 30 Nov, 2010 in Technology

Last year I introduced OSTI’s Web Metrics and how they help our organization measure how successful we are in disseminating the research information we curate for the Department of Energy.

 
Recently we have had the opportunity to enrich the functionality provided by our web metrics.  On June 25th, 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released guidance that enabled the use of persistent cookies for web measurement on Government websites.
 
What is a persistent cookie?  Why are they important?  Both are great questions.

Related Topics: cookies, OMB

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OSTI’s Cool Roof

by Dr. Jeffrey Salmon 10 Nov, 2010 in Technology
Picture of new cool roof

The Office of Science occupies many buildings around the country, but it owns only two of them.  One of them is making some news. The 134,629 sq. ft. (about 3 acres) roof of  the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) building in Oak Ridge, Tennessee is now officially a Cool Roof, that is, it’s energy efficient in ways that darker roofs are not.  Cool roofs are light in color, so reflect rather than absorb sunlight.  Oak Ridge gets lots of sunlight.  The previous roof was black, but worse, it was leaky and those leaks, controlled for years in some very innovative ways by the OSTI staff, were going to cause significant problems if not addressed.  OSTI needed to invest in a new roof to ensure employee safety, protect the structural integrity of the largest federal office building managed by the Office of Science and safeguard its databases and historical collection of scientific and technical information documents, some of which date back to the Manhattan Project and which exist nowhere else. 

Related Topics: carbon emissions, cool roof, energy efficiency

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OSTI R&D Plus News on the Move

by Doug Bales 23 Aug, 2010 in Technology
picture of mobile device

Ever wonder what innovations OSTI is developing to keep you informed while you are on the go? No need to ever wonder while you wander.

Now you can get DOE R&D full-text reports, OSTI news, videos and more while you’re on the move.

Related Topics: mobile, OSTI news, OSTI Youtube Channel, OSTIBLOG, RSS feeds, videos

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Recording Science: From Parchment to Pixels.

by Dr. Jeffrey Salmon 06 Aug, 2010 in Technology

One of the more fascinating pieces of work at a DOE National Laboratory was the examination of an ancient work by Archimedes on parchment that had been erased, written over, and so, mostly, lost to history. Lost, that is, until the SLAC synchrotron X-ray beam tore into the parchment and was able to let us see and read much of the original Archimedean text. Archimedes would have used a lab notebook, if he had had paper, or a computer and a thumb-drive to record his work if they had been available, but he did not live long enough to invent those things, which he probably could have if given the time. One hopes that before his study was erased, others were able to read it, profit from its insights, and use the knowledge as a springboard to another discovery. That’s one way we make progress.

We often hear that with declining costs in storage, increased bandwidth, and faster processing speeds, the power and potential of the electronic age to spread and communicate science are amazing things to ponder. I guess. But the work can still be lost, no matter how it is recorded. And some material, let’s face it, isn’t worth saving. Between this blog and Archimedes’ method of mechanical theorems, the work that SLAC was looking at, which would you save? What is needed now, as then, is someone to care about preserving the scientific findings that are worth preserving.

Related Topics: archimedes, multimedia, new media, slac

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Value of a Semantic Science Accelerator and Means of Constructing It

by Dr. William Watson 28 Jul, 2010 in Technology

OSTI's current services accelerate science through what is largely a kind of card file.  We point people to particular pieces of literature or data that meet certain search criteria.  From there, people can build on what those pieces of information tell them and achieve new discoveries and inventions. 

Related Topics: Science Accelerator, semantic

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Multilingual WorldWideScience.orgBETA Officially Launched

by Lorrie Johnson 21 Jun, 2010 in Technology

On June 11, the Multilingual WorldWideScience.org BETA was officially launched in Helsinki, Finland at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) annual conference.  This new capability is the result of an international public-private partnership between the WorldWideScience.org Alliance and Microsoft Research, whose translations technology has been paired with the federated searching technology of Deep Web Technologies. 

Related Topics: microsoft, multilingual, MWWS, translations, WorldWideScience.org (WWS)

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No Alternative to Federated Search

by Dr. Walt Warnick 10 May, 2010 in Technology

Discovery services have begun to appear in the search landscape.  Discovery services provide access to documents from publishers with which they have relationships by indexing the publishers’ metadata and/or full text. Discovery services are marketed to libraries where patrons appreciate near-instantaneous search results and where library staff is willing to restrict access to sources available from the service (and optionally the library's own holdings.)  While these services tout themselves as improvements to federated search, the reality is that there is no alternative to federated search for a number of important applications.

 

Related Topics: federated search, WorldWideScience.org (WWS)

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Federated Search: Closing in on the Speed Gap

by Dr. Walt Warnick 02 Apr, 2010 in Technology

Many casual users of federated search criticize the technology for being slow to retrieve results. Serious researchers recognize the unique ability of federated search engines to mine the deep Web for quality science information that Google cannot find. These users recognize that there is no practical alternative to federated search for the best information.

Related Topics: federated search

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The Jordan Aha! Test for Visualizations

by Sharon Jordan 24 Mar, 2010 in Technology

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Such is the justification and hope for visualizations.  Examples of enlightening visualizations are structural models of molecules like the carbon-60 Bucky Ball used in OSTI’s recent YouTube video.  The model shows a carbon atom at each intersection of molecular bonds. 

Related Topics: OSTI Youtube Channel, videos, visualizations, youtube

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