Progression of OSTI Products
Information Bridge -- Our first priority, to make R&D technical reports full-text searchable, freely available online.
Other web tools were developed to uniquely address each type of STI and the manner in which they were published. FOR EXAMPLE:
E-Print Network -- Another unique STI product: E-Print Network – Created to address researchers’ self-published STI.
THEN, a new challenge emerged: Helping researchers sort through the products to get the most relevant results quickly.
Examples of some of the products OSTI has developed to accomplish this are:
Information Bridge which contains over 210,000 searchable full text documents and bibliographic citations to the DOE report literature. IB contains unclassified/unlimited information, and roughly three quarters of the STI in the Information Bridge is technical reports; however, other types such as books, theses, dissertations, are included. This is OSTI’s primary full-text product and accounts for 60% of all our full text downloads.
The E-Print Network searches over 5 million documents contained in more than 32 thousand separate websites as well as over 60 databases on energy research. This product also provides links to more than 3,000 scientific societies.
Our Science Conference Proceedings product is a distributed portal providing access to science and technology conference proceedings and conference papers from a number of authoritative sites—largely national labs and professional societies—whose areas of interest in the physical sciences and technology intersect with those of the Department.
Another example, the DOE Research and Development Project Summaries, includes summaries of energy-related scientific projects performed since 1995 at DOE laboratories and research facilities.
These are just a few examples. There are others. And OSTI needed a way to make it easy for users to search this wide variety of scientific and technical information without having to know or learn which data are located where.
Science Accelerator was the answer.