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OpenNet gets a new look!


OpenNet gets a new look!

The newly redesigned OpenNet contains spotlights on declassified collections. This quarter the spotlight is on the Human Radiation Experiments collection. OpenNet provides easy, timely access to the Department of Energy’s declassified documents, including information declassified in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. In addition to these documents, OpenNet references older document collections from several DOE sources. This database is updated regularly as more information becomes available. The OpenNet web site is sponsored by the Office of Health, Safety and Security Office of Classification. OpenNet is intended to make information that is no longer classified more readily available to the public. This action supports DOE’s Open Government Initiative.  Through OpenNet you can find more information on openness policy and openness initiative information resources.

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Read more... Recognized by the White House

The President’s Open Government Initiative asks three things of the federal government: transparency, participation, and collaboration. OSTI, in partnership with the DOE Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) and through a voluntary interagency coordinating group, has achieved all three in one project:

The White House recognized this achievement by posting on the Open Government Innovations Gallery (read more about the OSTP recognition on the DOE Blog and the DOE facebook page).

The Innovations Gallery celebrates the innovations that champion the President’s vision of more effective and open government. At the Innovations Gallery, the public can browse examples of new ways in which agencies across the Executive branch are using transparency, participation, and collaboration to achieve their mission. (beta version) began as a direct response to the call for increased web-based K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education resources in the 2007 America COMPETES Act. Today, is a searchable portal of STEM education resources freely available online. ensures that resources are made available transparently through a participatory and collaborative initiative. 

The site is continuously evaluated by the education community through the interactive platform. Teachers, students, education professionals, parents and the public can search multi-agency STEM education resources for free. They can also register for a free membership to tag, rate and comment on the 15,000...

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OSTI's Contributions Highlighted in DOE Open Government Plan


By Walt Warnick and Peter Lincoln

The Department of Energy Open Government Plan ( published in April 2010 prominently featured the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) and several of its initiatives, products and services.

On January 21, 2009, his first full day in office, President Barack Obama signed the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government.  The memo was addressed to the heads of all Cabinet departments and agencies, and in it, the President called for “an unprecedented level of openness in Government” and instructed the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to prepare a directive that would serve “to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation and collaboration” throughout the Federal Government.


 On December 8, 2009, OMB Director Peter Orszag issued the Administration’s Open Government Directive, which required agencies to take a number of steps to advance the principles of transparency, participation and collaboration, including preparation and publication of an Open Government Plan by April 7, 2010.

The Department of Energy was one of 29 agencies that has posted its Open Government Plan online, and OSTI’s contributions appeared throughout the 30-page DOE document. 

The DOE plan included a brief profile of OSTI ( and its Science Accelerator ( resource (on page 16), and the plan listed OSTI’s newest product, the DOE Green Energy portal ( (page 17).

The DOE plan also accounted for the many high-value datasets that OSTI has posted to (...

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