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DOE research videos available on ScienceCinema

by Lorrie Johnson 27 Jun, 2012 in Products and Content
ScienceCinema

Scientific videos highlighting research and development (R&D) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are available on ScienceCinema. ScienceCinema uses innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology to enable users to quickly find video files produced by the DOE national laboratories, other DOE research facilities and CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research). When users search for scientific words and phrases, precise snippets of the video where the search term was spoken are provided along with a timeline.

Related Topics: audio indexing, communications, open government plan, r&d, ScienceCinema, scientific, transparency, videos

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ETDEWEB World Energy Base

by Debbie Cutler 27 Jun, 2012 in Products and Content
ETDEWEB World Energy Base

Just in time for the summer heat, a refreshing new design of ETDEWEB World Energy Base!  New results screen and display options make your search experience cool.  (Registration may be required). See more records on your search results screen and don’t forget to use the new ‘…Show More’ to expand content.  Interested in full text?  Users may now limit their searches to show only records with full text available.

Related Topics: climate change, coal, conservation, energy, ETDEWEB, fossil, fuels, nuclear, r&d

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A New Way To Find Reviewers

by Dr. Walt Warnick 31 May, 2012 in Science Communications

DOE program managers are routinely called upon to identify peer reviewer candidates for grant and field work proposals.  Each proposal requires a minimum of three reviewers and often more to cover separate aspects of the proposal.  To generate reviewer candidates, program managers draw upon their subject matter expertise and manually scour journal literature.  Although this process is facilitated by the availability of electronic journals, it is labor intensive and represents a major cost.

Related Topics: authors, r&d, reviewers, semantic

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OSTI and Its Mission Highlighted in Secretary Chu’s Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity

by Peter Lincoln 17 May, 2012 in Science Communications

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) plays an integral role in ensuring transparency and access to the results of the Department of Energy’s scientific efforts – and such transparency and access help assure DOE’s scientific integrity, according to a policy statement recently issued by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. 

“Science and technology are the foundation of all Department of Energy activities…,” the Secretarial Policy Statement on Scientific Integrity (https://www.directives.doe.gov/references/secretarial_policy_statement_on_scientific_integrity/view) opens. “The Department’s mission relies on objective, reliable, accurate, and accessible scientific and technical information.”  And OSTI addresses the agency’s responsibilities to collect, preserve and disseminate scientific and technical information emanating from the Department’s research and development activities.

Related Topics: r&d, Science Accelerator, scientific integrity, Steven Chu

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Commemorating DOE, a Science Agency

by Kate Bannan 30 Sep, 2011 in Personal Perspectives
U.S. Department of Energy

The energy crisis of the 1970s demonstrated the need for unified energy planning within the federal government.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act (Public Law 95-91) was signed into law, centralizing the responsibilities of the Federal Energy Administration, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Federal Power Commission and other energy-related government programs into a single presidential cabinet-level department.

Related Topics: 1970s, anniversary, doe, federal, nuclear, osti, r&d, research, tools

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Energy Quadrennial Technology Review Released

by Kate Bannan 28 Sep, 2011 in Science Communications
U.S. Department of Energy

“The Department is uniquely situated to serve as a resource for energy and technology data, information, and analysis that can enhance understanding, operation and planning across all organizations… ."

— From the Energy Quadrennial Technology Review

Related Topics: 21st century, doe, energy, r&d, research, Technology

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How to Integrate Anything on the Web

by Dr. Walt Warnick 03 Aug, 2011 in Technology
Computer Integration

OSTI is especially proud of its web integration work whereby we take multiple web pages, documents, and web databases and make them appear to the user as if they were an integrated whole.   Once the sources are virtually integrated by OSTI, the virtual collection becomes searchable via a single query.  Because information on the web appears in a variety of formats, from HTML web pages, to PDF documents, to searchable databases, OSTI has developed and uses a suite of integration approaches to make them searchable via single query.  

Related Topics: data warehouse, federated search, information, integration, r&d, science, scientific, technical

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STIP Partnership Ensures DOE R&D Results Are Disseminated

by Sharon Jordan 16 Jun, 2011 in Science Communications
Sharon Jordan, OSTI Assistant Director, and John Kunze, California Digital Libra

Many posts could be written about the rich history of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), which dates back to 1945 when Colonel K. D. Nichols announced plans for a complete and authoritative scientific record of all research work performed by Manhattan District contractors.  However, I want to focus on a specific slice of that history, one that is going strong and is well represented across the DOE complex.  I’m referring to DOE’s Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP, www.osti.gov/stip).

Related Topics: Manhattan Project, r&d, Scientific and Technical Information Program Website, sti, stip

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The Importance of Small Business Innovation Research Funding

by Dr. Walt Warnick 09 Mar, 2011 in Technology

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs were established to provide funding to stimulate technological innovation in small businesses to meet federal agency research and development needs.  Under SBIR, federal agencies with large R&D budgets set aside a small fraction of their funding for competitions exclusively among small businesses.  Each year, the DOE Office of Science sets aside 2.8% of its research budget for SBIR (2.5%) and STTR (.3%) awards.  Small businesses that win SBIR awards keep the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology.

Related Topics: federated search, multilingual, r&d, relevance ranking, SBIR, sttr, translations

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DOE Data: Would We, Could We...?

by Jannean Elliott 01 Feb, 2010 in Products and Content

I can’t remember how it went now, but as a child I skipped rope to a rhyme that included “would I, could I” somewhere in it.  Recently questions were asked about OSTI’s involvement with scientific research data.  Is OSTI planning to become a repository for numeric data?  Are we going to issue Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) for datasets, and would we be telling people how to manage their data?  For some reason, the questions triggered the memory of that old refrain, but now I was thinking from an OSTI perspective, “would we, could we…?”

Related Topics: data, DOE Data Explorer (DDE), dois, r&d, Scientific and Technical Information Program Website, stip, sttr

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