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OSTI Link in New York Times Blog

by Nena Moss 23 Mar, 2009 in Products and Content

A document made available by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was recently linked in the New York Times City Room? blog article "Answers about New York's Weather, Part 3". It was included with the answer to "How strong can an Atlantic sea breeze get? Is there Long Island Sound sea breeze?" posted by Joseph. The document, "Sea Breeze Regimes in the New York City Region - Modeling and Radar Observations" [431-KB PDF] is a paper published by researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University's School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in a collaboration with National Weather Service meteorologists, both observing and modeling the Long Island sea breeze.

The paper is found in OSTI's Information Bridge, which provides free public access to over 200,000 full-text documents and bibliographic citations of Department of Energy research report literature. Documents are primarily from 1991 forward and were produced by DOE, the DOE contractor community, and/...

Related Topics: bnl, brookhaven national laboratory, long island, new york times, paper, sea breeze, Information Bridge (IB)


What's in the OSTI Legacy Collection?

by Tim Byrne 20 Mar, 2009 in Products and Content

The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information legacy collection contains an estimated one million technical reports representing six decades of energy research that is, for the most part, unavailable in electronic format.  On average, OSTI receives close to two hundred requests each month to digitize specific reports, with the vast majority of the requests coming from DOE employees and contractors.  The legacy collection represents an enormous investment in research and development from the Atomic Energy Commission, Energy Research and Development Administration and Department of Energy.  With the growing tendency of many researchers to rely solely on research information available electronically, this incredibly valuable resource collection is often ignored.  By not having electronic access to previous research, scientific advancement may be diminished and funds wasted duplicating what has already been done. 


OSTI has recently implemented the Adopt-a-Doc program that allows the general public to pay for the digitization of a document of their choosing.  Documents in need of digitization can be identified by searching the Energy Citations Database and clicking on the Materials available for digitization box on the Fielded Search window.  This is proving to be a popular service.  Unfortunately, with the level of digitization that OSTI can currently handle, it will take a very long time to digitize the entire legacy collection.


The birth of the OSTI legacy collection really began with the declassification and distribution of reports from the Manhattan Project.  Following the end of World War II, our nation was inquisitive and interested in the government's hitherto top-secret program on...

Related Topics: AEC, digitization, doe, erda, legacy collection, Nobel Prize, osti, Adopt-A-Doc, Energy Citations Database (ECD)


Research Added to Federal R&D Project Summaries

Another opportunity for researchers and the public to be better informed about government research is afforded by OSTI's recent and major update to Federal R&D Project Summaries ( Three important project summary databases have been added to the portal, which currently provides access to more than 800,000 research projects complete with full-text single-query searching of databases residing at 9 different agencies and organizations. Now you can find research project summaries from the Department of Defense, NASA, and the Transportation Research Board at Federal R&D Project Summaries, which helps users find research projects across the federal government.

Updates to the site include:

OSTI Functions in Brief

OSTI is dedicated to the principle that to advance science, research must be shared. OSTI  is increasingly recognized for its contributions to the sharing and exchange of scientific and technical information.  OSTI works to accelerate discovery by speeding access to knowledge.

OSTI's users conducted 80 million information transactions last year.  Spreading responsibility for these transactions across the OSTI staff implies that each OSTI employee was responsible for 12 information transactions per minute throughout the work year, which I view as an incredible metric of success.   And we have only just begun.  OSTI's traffic increases significantly each year. 

But, of course, OSTI staff rarely interacts with users personally.  Rather, staff creates, develops, and deploys information tools for users.   OSTI's suite of cutting edge web tools make science information searchable from everywhere.   Through the deployment of information technology, OSTI accomplishes ...

Related Topics: Field Work Proposals, searchable fwp, Information Bridge (IB), (WWS)


Customize Your Search Experience at

It is exciting to announce that an array of new search and retrieval features and capabilities have been added to, providing new options for customizing your search experience.

The search engine that helps you find science information from U.S. Department of Energy key resources now

  •     automatically spell checks your search term(s)
  •   allows you to e-mail your search results
  •   offers the capability to export search results into your citation management software
  •   provides links to EurekAlert! Science News and Wikipedia information on your topic(s) of interest and
  •   clusters results by related topics and/or by date in order to more easily target subsequent searches.

In conjunction with these changes, the Help page has been updated to reflect these new options and to provide additional information.

Complementing these new additions is a...

Related Topics: accomplishments, citation management, clustering, conferences, customizing search, e-prints, nobel laureates, patents, projects, reports, science information, search, software, Science Accelerator


DOE R&D Accomplishments Celebrates the Selection of Steven Chu for Secretary of Energy

Photo Credit:
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Roy Kaltschmidt, Photographer

In conjunction with the recent selection of Dr. Steven Chu as the next United States Secretary of Energy by President-elect Barack Obama, a quality high-level compilation of information about Dr. Chu and his research has been made available on the web at  This web page includes scientific documents that he authored, including his Ph.D. thesis supported by the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA); interviews, speeches, and presentations; and links to related web sites.

Dr. Chu has been director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) since August 2004 and received the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics "for development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light".

 DOE R&D Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that have had significant economic        impact, have improved people's lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.  Over sixty (60) pages featuring either DOE-associated scientists/Nobel Laureates and/or selected topics are available in addition to the feature page about Dr. Chu.

Mary Schorn

R&D Accomplishments Product Manager

Related Topics: Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, DOE Research & Development (R&D) Accomplishments


Science, Knowledge, Experience, and the Facebook-Way

OSTI Experiences Facebook--Part One


The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has achieved another milestone in our mission of accelerating the diffusion of knowledge to advance science.  Albert Einstein once said that "[t]he only source of knowledge is experience."  What better way for OSTI to advance science and accelerate the diffusion of knowledge than by joining the Web 2.0 world of social networking.  So, come increase your own knowledge and experience the OSTI Page on Facebook.


Why a Facebook Page for OSTI?



Related Topics: social media, sti, widgets, OSTI Facebook


China Joins the WorldWideScience Alliance: Why This is Important

On October 14, OSTI announced that the People's Republic of China had joined the WorldWideScience Alliance. The press release making the announcement described, and hinted at, the importance of China's contribution:

China, a major producer of journals and conference proceedings, is offering searches of key Chinese English-language scientific literature through The Chinese resource enables searching of over 6,000 journals., the global science gateway managed by the WorldWideScience Alliance, is intended to enhance scientific communication in order to accelerate international scientific progress by serving as a single, sophisticated point of access for diverse scientific resources and expertise from nations around the world.


The Importance of China's Participation

The addition of China is a notable milestone for a number of reasons.

China is a major global contributor to scientific knowledge. Thomson Reuters makes the point clearly:

According to citation analysis based on data from Web of Science, China is ranked second in the world by number of scientific papers published in 2007. Scientific's World IP Today Report on Global Patent Activity 2007 reported that China almost doubled its volume of patents from 2003 to 2007, and...

Related Topics: doe, osti, (WWS)


Join the discussion on important DOE research

Our team is excited to announce that you can now join in or start discussions on important DOE research and development in the Information Bridge collection.

Our new social networking feature, Document Discussion, has been added to the Information Bridge to provide a forum for moderated, substantive commentary on DOE research and development. Users may perform a search at the Information Bridge site and then begin a discussion or add to a discussion about any of the documents in the results list returned. Authors of the research documents will be notified so that they may view and contribute to the discussion.

The Information Bridge is a core OSTI product featuring approximately 190,000 fully searchable DOE technical reports. Information Bridge serves over 3 million user transactions per month. We look forward to your contributions and to many dynamic discussions on your science topics of interest.

Michelle Turpin

Product Manager

Related Topics: doe, technical reports, Information Bridge (IB)


More Energy Department research goes online due to OSTI, IAEA collaboration

Because we live in a digital world, many people mistakenly believe all research is easily available online. Not only is this a false assumption, it's not even an easy task to digitize the volume of research currently available in paper format and get it posted online.

That's why OSTI is pleased to announce that we've recently posted 15,000 DOE research reports heretofore only available in paper or microfiche. These important research documents are now easily accessible to researchers and the public via OSTI's Information Bridge.

This happened because of OSTI's longstanding participation in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Nuclear Information System (INIS). Prior to the days in which all technical reports were created in electronic media, OSTI, the U.S. member organization to INIS, sent DOE technical reports in microfiche to INIS.  Recently an initiative launched by INIS, with IAEA funding, kicked into gear the digitization of legacy holdings from member nations.

Digitizing these documents affords INIS the opportunity to add this important research to the INIS database and provide the electronic files back to the member organizations for use in their own databases. Consequently, OSTI has added these electronic files to the DOE Information Bridge, increasing its size to nearly 190,000 reports, or 9 percent. The Information Bridge, a core OSTI product featuring DOE scientific output, performs over 3 million user transactions per month.

The OSTI/IAEA-INIS collaboration promises to yield even more digitized reports in the future, helping OSTI take important steps toward meeting the challenge of digitizing its 1 million document repository. So collaboration is paying dividends for researchers and the American public as U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research reports previously...

Related Topics: iaea, inis, Information Bridge (IB)