Early in May the new design and the expanded search functionalities of the DOE Data Explorer were launched. The major upgrade continues this month with the addition of customization features that enhance your interaction with the DDE database. You may be familiar with some of these from OSTI’s other information products. For example, you can now download retrieved records into an Excel spreadsheet format or create an account to store your searches in a personal “library.” But brand new is the ability to log on and choose how you wish to view DDE’s search results! Use the standard list format to get a preview of each record’s abstract/description. This view, available with or without an account, can be sorted by relevance or alphabetically by title.
Choose the detailed, tabular display to see more results per page (up to 100 records at a time) and to view at a glance the OSTI ID, title, content type of the data collection or dataset, and the sponsor organization. Each of the columns can be used as a sorting choice, further increasing the ways you can view your retrieved information.
If you didn’t have time to take a look at the new release of the DOE Data Explorer earlier in the summer, we encourage you to do so now. Revisit the OSTIblog article of June 20, 2013  to read more about the search capabilities DDE now offers and the larger scope of its content. And, as always, let us know if you have comments or questions.