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Brian A. Hitson, Director

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Portrait image of Brian Hitson, OSTI Director.

Director of OSTI:  Brian A. Hitson

Brian A. Hitson is Director of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), a DOE corporate function that is managed by the Office of Science.  OSTI fulfills agency-wide responsibilities to collect, preserve, and disseminate scientific and technical information emanating from DOE research and development (R&D) activities.

Prior to becoming Director, Brian led a range of OSTI's programmatic and administrative activities, including strategic planning, budget formulation and execution, information product development, and cost-reimbursable project management.  He has also managed OSTI's international information exchange programs, administrative and financial management, classified and sensitive information programs, and the digitization and preservation of a 1.2 million scientific document repository.

Brian co-authored the DOE Public Access Plan, developing a strategy for implementing public access to the scholarly publications resulting from DOE's R&D efforts, and, along with DOE, Office of Science, and OSTI colleagues, he led the launch of the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science, or DOE PAGES®.  He also formed partnerships with the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense in increasing public access to those agencies' R&D results.  As Director, he has led strategic efforts to improve discoverability and linkages between diverse, related research objects, including publications, datasets, and scientific software available at OSTI.GOV.  Brian played a key role in the development of WorldWideScience.org and in the establishment of the WorldWideScience Alliance.  He represents DOE in interagency open science initiatives; serves as the U.S. representative to the IAEA's International Nuclear Information System (link is external) (INIS); and chairs the technical activities committee of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (link is external) (ICSTI).

A member of the federal Senior Executive Service, Brian has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master's in Business Administration, both from the University of Tennessee.