Software Categories

Category Description Distribution Limitation Audience Announcement Distribution Source
Classified Software that has been categorized according to DOE M 475.1-1A Limited Requires security clearance; Based on need-to-know OSTI Submitting Site
Copyrighted – Limited Government License (COPY/LIM) Software that a DOE contractor has asserted rights and limits ESTSC distribution to Federal agencies and their contractors only. All other requests are referred to submitting site. Limited (OUO) Federal Agencies and their Contractors OSTI OSTI or in accordance with DOE-approved site agreements
Copyrighted – Broad Government License (COPY/UNL) Software that a DOE contractor has asserted rights but does not limit ESTSC distribution. Limited Public/ Foreign (Subject to EAR) OSTI OSTI or in accordance with DOE-approved site agreements
Proprietary Data/Trade Secrets Software containing proprietary data not for public disclosure Limited (OUO) DOE/DOE Contractors, Special Approval Required OSTI OSTI or in accordance with DOE-approved site agreements
Protected Data Software resulting from CRADA, SBIR, STTR. Limited (OUO) DOE/DOE Contractors – Special Approval Required OSTI OSTI or in accordance with DOE-approved site agreements
Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (UCNI) Software that is protected by law from disclosure to persons not having a need–to-know for the information without appropriate review by DOE. Limited (UCI) DOE/DOE Contractors – Special Approval Required OSTI OSTI or in accordance with DOE-approved site agreements
Applied Technology   Applied technology- Software related to engineering, development, design, construction, operation, or other activities pertaining to nuclear technology advances. Limited (UCI) DOE/DOE Contractors – Special Approval Required OSTI/Limited Announcement OSTI or in accordance with DOE-approved site agreements
Export Controlled Information (ECI)   Software containing unclassified information subject to export controls and whose unrestricted public dissemination could help proliferants or potential adversaries of the United States Limited (UCI) DOE/DOE Contractors – Special Approval Required OSTI/Limited Announcement   OSTI  
Patent Pending Information to be withheld pending patent clearance Limited (UCI) DOE/DOE Contractors-Special approval Required OSTI OSTI
OpenNet Previously classified software that has been declassified. Unlimited Public OSTI OSTI/SIAC/Site
Unclassified/Unlimited Software that is not freeware according to the definition provided. Software a contractor develops, but does not copyright, and is fully willing to make available through OSTI or the specialized centers. Unlimited Public OSTI   OSTI/SIAC/Site  
Freeware/Shareware Software distributed, after all appropriate reviews, by the developing site at no charge. Thought to have general value to other application domains. Level of user support provided is determined by the developing site and communicated to the user. May be web hosted or distributed in other manners deemed appropriate by the sites.   Unlimited Public OSTI/Sites   Sites  
Open Source Software Computer software that is distributed under a license that grants the user the rights to use, copy, modify, prepare derivative works, and distribute the software without having to make royalty payments.  Such distribution may include original or modified source code, other formats, and any derivative works thereof.  Contractor must submit DOE AN 241.4 to ESTSC and provide unique URL on the form for ESTSC to distribute.   Unlimited Public OSTI/Sites Site

* Sites needing assistance in making classified software available should contact OSTI at (865) 576-1269.