OSTI—Advancing Science Accelerating Discovery
OSTI—Advancing Scientific Accelerating Discovery
Dr. Walter L. Warnick
DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information
December 7, 2007
ETEC–United by geography
United by a vision to "grow science and technology".
OSTI manages a program within the Department of Energy Office of Science.
Oak Ridge SC Offices
OSTI–Born as the DOE Central Files
The scientific and technical legacy of the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies is captured within the OSTI building – whether in paper, microfiche, or bits. ... And the overwhelming majority of it is entirely open.
—Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary of Science
1 Science.gov Way
1 million + hard-copy documents representing DOE’s 60-year legacy
4 million + electronic DOE-produced R&D records dating to 1940s
100s of millions of pages of electronic, global science information access
OSTI's Mission 1947–2007
To advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useful to DOE researchers and the American people.
R&D flows through OSTI to public
Technical reports (~150,000 full text)
E-prints (~1.1 million and growing!)
Science conference proceedings
Project summaries (DOE and Federal)
Citations to journal literature
Patent records (~20,000 from 1940s to current)
OSTI's Mission: Who Benefits?
The results of hundreds of billions of dollars worth of United States’ research and development activities flow through OSTI to the public for reuse and further discovery.
Science Progresses as Knowledge is Shared
If the sharing of knowledge is accelerated, then discovery is accelerated.
We can accelerate the sharing of knowledge ...
But first we must dispel the misperception that popular search engines are already doing the job.
Much of Science is Non-Googleable
In fact, the vast majority of science information is in databases within the deep Web – or the non-Googleable Web – where popular search engines cannot go.
We in the information business need to recognize this gap between availability and need, and seize the opportunity to...
Provide science information consumers with better tools.
Innovation in science demands innovation in sharing science knowledge.
OSTI has recognized this need; our emerging solution is "federated" search.
Federated Search: Emerging Technology Pioneered by OSTI
Deep Web databases
Federated search drills down to the deep Web where scientific databases reside.
Federated Search places no burden on database owners.
We need systems, such as federated search, that probe the deep Web.
Interface similar to Google
Under the hood, NOT like Google
USA.gov’s portal for science
Resources represent 97 percent of the federal R&D budget!
Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, the Interior, Environmental Protection Agency, Library of Congress, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation, United States Government Printing Office, and the National Archives and Records Administration.
WorldWideScience.org makes the best science information from 17 countries act as if they were an integrated tool, all searchable via a single query.
Enables access to prominent as well as smaller, less well-known
sources of highly valuable science.
The U.S. contribution to WorldWideScience.org is Science.gov.
International partnership kicks off global science gateway allowing users to search multiple sources via a single query.
In January 2007, Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library signed a Statement of Intent to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway.
The gateway to “hidden” science resources from every inhabited continent!
Google Founder Delivered Message to Scientists
"Virtually all economic growth (in the world) was due to technological progress. I think as a society we're not really paying attention to that."
Larry Page, to scientists at AAAS, February 2007
OSTI has been unlocking this wealth for 60 years
"He called on scientists to make more of their research available digitally: "We have to unlock the wealth of scientific knowledge and get it to everyone."
OSTI's Mission: Who Benefits?
Who has benefited? The DOE community, the interagency community, the international community, the education and business communities, researchers everywhere – and the science-attentive public at large.
A Key Piece of Science Discovery
Information feeds discovery.
What if the "information connection" between scientists and discovery were mission?
OSTI disseminates DOE’s R&D information at the lowest cost of all federal science agencies – making it a “best buy.”
The NIH, a benchmark agency in research and the production of scientific literature, spends roughly 30 times more than DOE on getting its R&D message out.
Sept. - DOepatents
April - DOE Science Accelerator
We’ve made non-Googleable information from every inhabited continent searchable, a feat Dr. Raymond Orbach called "magic".
These Gateways Search Non-Googleable Science
Search key DOE databases.
Search 50 million pages of science from 13 federal science agencies.
Search 200 million pages of science from databases of every inhabited continent.
Federated Search Gateways
In short: OSTI Empowers Cyber-enabled Discovery & Innovation
We accelerate retrieval of deep Web science info.
Which accelerates the advancement of discovery.
Advancing discovery touches every life on earth, and has produced improvement in the human condition, heretofore unimaginable.
Each of our organizations plays our own roles in the mission to advance science and technology.
But there is more to be done: Web is only a teenager
To draw an analogy, let’s look at another transformational technology ...
Ford's beginnings Model A - 1903.
13 years later - 1916.
This was amazing progress for Henry Ford, but from our perspective ...
There were still decades upon decades of progress to come
1928 Model A
1960 Sun Star
1975 Luxury T-Bird
1994 New "global family mid-size"
Today's Ford Taurus
Innovation must continue.
It is up to us here
However we may seek advantage for our own individual organizations, we must work together for progress and the benefits to humanity. One day, our grandchildren, when they look back on us, should truly say that we not only continued the pace of progress, but we accelerated it and cast its benefits further than those who came before us.