Attendees of the STIP 2019 Meeting in Upton, NY, standing in Berkner Hall in three rows, on risers.
Representatives of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP) convened at Brookhaven National Lab (BNL) during the week of April 29th for the 2019 STIP Working Meeting. STIP, a collaboration of scientific and technical information (STI) managers from across the DOE complex, is managed by DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). The STIP network includes points of contacts from DOE programs, field and site offices, national laboratories, and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) locations. Through STIP, representatives work to ensure that the results of DOE-funded research and development (R&D) are identified, collected, preserved, and appropriately disseminated.
The 2019 STIP meeting was organized by OSTI and hosted by BNL’s STI Manager Patricia Garvey. Key speakers included Dr. Thomas Schlagel, BNL Chief Information Officer, who provided an excellent overview of BNL and its important role within the national laboratory network; and OSTI Director Brian Hitson who recapped DOE’s progress in implementing public access requirements and highlighted federal-wide activities in open science, along with OSTI’s and STIP’s contributions on behalf of DOE. Other key topics included guidance for Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) Final Reports; DOI registration for various types of STI; and an update on DOE CODE, the DOE software services platform and search tool for DOE-funded software. In addition, each attendee provided a report for their respective lab/site/office and the agenda included several presentations and demos by STIP representatives. While at BNL, attendees also had the opportunity to tour the National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II), one of the world’s most advanced synchrotrons.
While routine communications continue through the STIP partnership on a daily basis, the annual meeting is an important event in pulling together representatives to discuss important topics in detail and stay current on legislation and initiatives regarding federally funded research. Always a source of synergy, the annual meeting reinforces the fact that together, OSTI and STIP play a key role in ensuring current and historical STI and R&D results generated across the DOE complex are available to further research and scientific discovery. Of note, a newly completed video highlighting DOE’s STIP was launched during the annual meeting and is currently available at the OSTI.GOV YouTube Channel: Scientific and Technical Information Program Overview. DOE requests for more information on the 2019 Annual Meeting may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.