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About DOE Data Explorer

The DOE Data Explorer (DDE) is an information tool to help you locate DOE's collections of scientific research data and also retrieve individual datasets submitted by data centers, repositories, and other organizations within the Department. The DDE database includes collection citations prepared by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information, as well as citations for the individual, submitted datasets.

All of the collections and all of the individual datasets result from research and development funded in whole or in part by the Department of Energy. Some reflect combined funding - DOE's combined with that from other agencies or the private sector.

Collections of Data and Non-Text Information

DOE Data Explorer's collection citations are intended to be particularly useful to students, the public, and to researchers who are new to a field or looking for experimental or observational data outside their normal field of expertise. The data collections themselves reside at national laboratories, data centers, user facilities, colleges and universities, or the websites of professional organizations, consortiums, corporate institutions, or international organizations. They are available for free access, although some require password registration.

A key component of each collection citation is a link that takes you directly to the data at the host website. This allows you to see and utilize the highly specialized interfaces that have been developed for many of these collections. The interfaces provide customized ways to search data, compare sets of data, visualize data, and package it for download and reuse.

Use the "Explore By" or Search functionalities to learn what data are available to you, where those collections are, and then link to them. New citations are added to the database as collections are identified. If you manage, use, or know of a collection that you believe we should include, we encourage you to contact us.

Individual Datasets and Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs)

In FY2011, citations describing individual datasets began to flow into OSTI. OSTI is a member of and a registering agency for DataCite and has the authority to assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to datasets submitted by DOE and its contractors or grantees. The assigning and registration of a DOI for every dataset submitted is a free service provided by OSTI to enhance DOE's management of this important resource. See DOE Data ID Service on the DDE home page for more information about DOIs for data.

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