The Announcement Notice (AN) defines a set of metadata, including both required and optional, for use in describing Department of Energy's (DOE) Scientific and Technical Information (STI) products for announcement and availability. An AN includes review and release information, enabling announcement and searchable online access as appropriate. OSTI provides six different ANs for use by specified groups of submitters or in specified situations.
The AN 241.4 is required for submission of scientific and technical software to OSTI in order to ensure proper handling, announcement, and dissemination in accordance with DOE statutory responsibilities. There are basic requirements for metadata fields; however, other optional/non-mandatory data fields should be included in the AN when possible. The 241.4 provides information required to appropriately identify software created and/or modified during work supported by DOE or during work carried out for others at DOE facilities, is utilized by organizations and individuals who have developed and/or modified software during work supported by DOE or during work carried out for others at DOE facilities, is submitted as announcement of software, and is submitted by DOE sites that choose to make software available as open source; a unique URL must be included.