February 15, 2013

Introducing The National Library of EnergyBeta, New Search
Engine Facilitating Access to Department of Energy Information

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has launched the National Library of EnergyBeta (NLEBeta), a virtual library and open government resource to advance energy literacy, innovation and security.

The NLEBeta search feature provides one-stop, easy access to information about DOE and its work in four broad mission areas - science and R&D results; energy and technology for industry and homeowners; energy market information and analysis; and nuclear security and environmental management.

Accessible on the OSTI home page, the NLEBeta also is a "featured search and developer tool" on the recently published new DOE resource hub for open energy data. A DOE Blog, “Welcome to Energy.gov/Data,” mentions the NLEBeta.

“The National Library of EnergyBeta reflects the depth and breadth of what DOE does and how it contributes to the Nation in many vital ways,” said OSTI Director Walter L. Warnick. “DOE leads U.S. efforts in finding new, cleaner and more efficient sources of energy; in exploring the science of energy; in enhancing nuclear security; and in generating accurate and reliable energy statistics and forecasts. The NLEBeta serves as an easy-to-use, transparent platform befitting DOE’s prominence in promoting national energy security by enabling unprecedented search and retrieval of DOE’s publicly accessible energy expertise.”

The NLEBeta is a new search tool designed to make it easier for American citizens to access information about the Department from across the DOE complex nationwide, without knowing DOE’s organizational structure. The NLEBeta virtually integrates information from Energy.gov (the DOE website) and all DOE program offices, national laboratories and other facilities.

The NLEBeta makes it possible to search all this information via a single search box. Using federated search and indexing technology, the NLEBeta retrieves relevance-ranked individual site results from 17 distributed DOE databases and 82 websites, or 20 million searchable pages, with hyperlinks to the databases/pages where the original content can be viewed. In this way, the NLEBeta preserves the identity of organizations hosting information and their ownership - and the integrity of - the information.

The NLEBeta complements the Energy.gov search feature by reaching deeper and typically returning more complex information from sources such as the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Energy Information Administration and the 17 DOE national laboratories. By offering a single search point, the NLEBeta will help drive additional traffic to organizational websites’ individual databases.

The NLEBeta concept was highlighted as a DOE transparency initiative in the 2010 and 2012 DOE Open Government Plans. The NLEBeta will make all DOE web content and databases accessible, independent of content management system. The NLEBeta’s resources will be kept current, with each component updated regularly. On a periodic basis, additional databases and searchable website content will be added.

OSTI, within the DOE Office of Science, is the DOE office that collects, preserves, and disseminates DOE-sponsored R&D results that are the outcomes of R&D projects or other funded activities at DOE labs and facilities nationwide and grantees at universities and other institutions.

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information please visit the Office of Science website.