The DOE Data Explorer was first launched in 2008 with the mission to allow access to collections of publicly available DOE-sponsored data. Though the mission is the same, what is available has expanded to include individual datasets within the larger collections. Read more about DDE in A (re)Birth Announcement for the DOE Data Explorer.
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DOE Data Explorer (DDE) Redesigned and Ready to Use
Help Shape Public Access Policy
For journal articles, OSTI also receives lots of metadata from national labs, but public access to the full text depends on individual journal publishers' business practices -- e.g., whether the journal is open access or subscription based. In the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, Congress tasked the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) with reviewing, evaluating, and proposing federal public access policies and practices for peer reviewed scholarly publications. A Public Access to Scholarly Publications (PASP) Task Force has been leading this effort on behalf of the NSTC, and a Request for Information (RFI) (i.e., an opportunity for stakeholder input) has just been announced by the White House seeking your input to the government's public access policy.
Responses to the RFI will be accepted through January 2, 2012, and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The RFI has 8 thought-provoking questions (many with "sub-questions"). Please consider answering as many as seem pertinent to your perspective. This is an opportunity to participate and help shape public access policy. Let your voice be heard!
DOE Scientific Research Data Now Easier to Find
Researchers funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) can now make their scientific research data easier to cite and easier to find from worldwide sources. The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is now registering publicly available scientific research datasets created by DOE-funded researchers through DataCite. OSTI, within the Office of Science, became a member of DataCite in January 2011 to facilitate access to DOE datasets. Through this membership, OSTI assigns permanent identifiers, known as Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), to the individual datasets to aid in citation, discovery, and retrieval. Creating stable pathways to these datasets makes the scientific process more accessible and the research more replicable for future discoveries. Read the press release.
Berkeley Lab: 80 Years of Excellence in Service
Congratulations to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which celebrated its 80th anniversary on August 26. Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a University of California Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. Read more.
OSTIblog Highlights Importance of STIP Partnership
Assuring Excellence in R&D Management
On May 9, the 2011 Department of Energy Strategic Plan was released, outlining the broad, cross-cutting and collaborative goals that stretch across the DOE complex. The important role of STIP is supported in the section entitled, "Assure Excellence in R&D Management:"
"Disseminate our Results. Our success should be measured not when a project is completed or an experiment concluded, but when scientific and technical information is disseminated. Beyond broad availability of technical reports, e-prints and multimedia, and publication in peer-reviewed journals, open access to experimental data and analysis codes is increasingly important in policy-relevant research areas. The Department will establish guidelines for use with both grants and contracts to ensure appropriate access to, and retention of, scientific data and analysis methods. In more applied areas, knowledge of what did not work can be of equal value with positive results, for that can prevent the misapplication of significant private resources. The Department will therefore encourage the documentation and archiving of negative results form all its performers using the most advanced informatics tools."
Multimedia and Visualisation Innovations for Science Workshop Presentations Now Available
This International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) workshop was open to both members and non-members, and both events were hosted by Microsoft, an ICSTI member, on their Redmond campus, Washington. This workshop featured leading-edge innovations in science-oriented web multimedia, large-scale data exploration and visualization, speech and object recognition, image indexing and analysis, human/computer interaction and virtual environments, among other topics. Watch the presentations.
Check Out Berkeley Lab IT on Facebook
Check out the Berkeley Lab IT Facebook page. The Berkeley Lab IT Facebook page includes guidance on their STI policies and practices. The Information Technology (IT) Division supports Berkeley Lab's scientific mission by developing and maintaining the Lab's computing, information, and communications infrastructure.
Read All About Research Data in D-Lib.
Read all about research data in the January/February issue of D-Lib. D-Lib Magazine is an electronic publication with a focus on digital library research and development, including new technologies, applications, and contextual social and economic issues.
Check Out the New DataCite Blog
DataCite is a global registration agency for research data, and promotes data sharing, increased access, and better protection of research investment.