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International Group Gathers in Knoxville to Discuss Sharing Science across Borders (October 2006)
The desire to share science across international boundaries brought representatives from 11 countries to the Knoxville area in early October.
“Sharing research can lead to invaluable opportunities in the commercial, academic and government sectors,” said Brian Hitson, chairman of the Energy Technology Data Exchange, or ETDE, executive committee. “The countries attending, and others within our membership, have chosen to make sure research information is exchanged cost effectively.”
ETDE is a group of 16 countries under agreement to make available the widest range of energy-related research, and, secondly, to disseminate that information to developing countries. ETDE is widely recognized for its extensive database, ETDEWEB, hosted by The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information, or OSTI. ETDEWEB currently provides access to over 3.7 million records, and can be found on the Web at www.etde.org/etdeweb/.
OSTI, located in Oak Ridge, represents the United States in the agreement, and is the operating agent. Hitson is associate director of OSTI. OSTI’s Web site is www.osti.gov.