U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Ensuring scientific digital data is preserved for maximum use

The report, Harnessing the Power of Digital Data for Science and Society, released by the Interagency Working Group on Digital Data (IWGDD) to the Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council, describes a strategy to promote preservation and access to digital scientific data. According to press information from the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program, the IWGDD report "provides a strategy to ensure that digital scientific data produced by and for the Federal government can be reliably preserved for maximum access in catalyzing progress in science and society." In June 2008, OSTI launched the DOE Data Explorer for discovering DOE scientific research data wherever they reside. OSTI Director Walter Warnick is one of the Department of Energy representatives on the IWGDD.