The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) conducts research and development (R&D) and other science and technology endeavors in a variety of fields. The knowledge gained during the R&D process is frequently imparted through scientific and technical information (STI), a key outcome of DOE R&D and other activities.
Within the DOE Office of Science, the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has the responsibility for coordinating STI activities and for leading a collaborative effort to a distributed STI environment. To that end, OSTI and designated representatives from the Headquarters Programs, Field Offices, national laboratories, and facility contractors who are STI program stakeholders work together to facilitate access to STI and identify best practices, as well as objectives and goals.
These STI program stakeholders are actively involved in the creation, processing, dissemination, and preservation of STI. Through the use of innovative technologies and open communication, these activities are successfully being achieved. This is consistent with the OSTI mission and is outlined in the OSTI Strategic Plan for FY 2009-2013.
Established in 1947, OSTI fulfills agency responsibilities related to the collection, preservation, and dissemination of scientific and technical information emanating from R&D performed by DOE and predecessor agencies, the Atomic Energy Commission and the Energy Research and Development Administration. This responsibility has been codified in the organic, or enabling, legislation of DOE and predecessor agencies and, more recently, was defined as a specific OSTI responsibility in the Energy Policy Act of 2005.