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

Knowledge Discovery for U.S. Energy Researchers: The OSTI Mission


Knowledge Discovery for U.S. Energy Researchers: The OSTI Mission
Lorrie Johnson
US Department of Energy
July 5 2007


Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI)
OSTI is an organization within the U.S Department of Energy’s Office of Science
Located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
OSTI has been in operation since 1947 and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.


OSTI’s Mission:
To advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useful to Department of Energy researchers and the interested public.

OSTI accelerates the discovery of knowledge!


Energy R&D Investments

The U.S. invests approximately $8.5 billion (USD) in energy-related Research & Development annually.
OSTI collects, preserves, disseminates, and leverages the scientific and technical information resources resulting from this investment.


OSTI’s strategies for accomplishing its mission include:
Collaborations within the Department of Energy to develop and maintain an efficient, state-of-the-art access and delivery system.
Partnerships with other organizations to facilitate national and international cooperation and information exchange.


OSTI’s strategies, continued
Development, delivery, and maintenance of information products and services for a variety of users.
Preservation of scientific and technical information, in tangible copies or electronically, as appropriate.
Acceleration of the diffusion of knowledge to advance scientific discovery.


OSTI Statistics:
In FY 2006, there were 44 million transactions by individuals accessing OSTI resources (doubling in the past 2 years)


OSTI Statistics
Approximately 4.1 million full-text documents were downloaded from OSTI via the Web, free of charge to users.


OSTI Collaborations
OSTI works with the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories, as well as with energy researchers at universities, colleges, and other research institutions.
OSTI tracks approximately 10,000 current research projects funded by the Department of Energy per year.
OSTI receives about 12,000 technical research reports per year.
OSTI uses an input system which allows researchers or administrative personnel to directly submit bibliographic data and/or upload electronic files for use in our databases.


OSTI Partnerships
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) / International Nuclear Information System (INIS) – since 1970.
Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) – since 1987.
International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI)
Various partnerships with other U.S. government agencies to provide access to science information.


OSTI’s Information Products


Science Accelerator
OSTI’s over-arching product
Users can search all OSTI’s public products with a single query
Eliminates work and time required to find quality science information in the deep web


Science Research Connection (SRC)
Delivers information to the U.S. Department of Energy community (logon required)
Includes energy research information from the U.S., as well as international information obtained through our ETDE partnership


Energy Citations Database and DOE Information Bridge

http://www.osti.gov/bridge/ and http://www.osti.gov/energycitations/
Contains U.S. information since 1948
Over 2 million records and about 140,000 full text documents.
OSTI’s most popular products, open to public
Over 30 million accesses per year.


Gateway to science information provided by U.S. government agencies.
Ability to simultaneously search databases from DOE/OSTI, National Library of Medicine (PubMed), National Agriculture Library (AGRICOLA), NASA, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and others.
Results from all databases are combined and then ranked accordingly to relevance.


E-Print Network andScience Conference Proceedings

E-Print Network (http://www.osti.gov/eprints/) provides single query searching of e-print manuscripts, scholarly papers, and other scientific documents residing on web sites, as well as a deep web search across major e-print databases.
Science Conference Proceedings (http://www.osti.gov/scienceconferences/) also provides a deep web search of conference papers and proceedings across various fields of science and technology.


OSTI Preservation

Historical role was preservation of paper documents
OSTI’s collection consists of over 850,000 records
About 115,000 paper documents have been digitized, and another 38,000 reports formerly in microfiche format


OSTI InnovationAdvancing Science through Knowledge Discovery

Making hundreds of databases searchable with a single query.
WorldWideScience.org – A global science gateway


OSTI Innovations, continued

Incorporating personal workspace capabilities for users.
Expanding digital access to legacy (paper) documents.
Integrating experimental, numeric data and text.