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DOE research videos available on ScienceCinema


DOE research videos available on ScienceCinema

Scientific videos highlighting research and development (R&D) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are available on ScienceCinema. ScienceCinema uses innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology to enable users to quickly find video files produced by the DOE national laboratories, other DOE research facilities and CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research). When users search for scientific words and phrases, precise snippets of the video where the search term was spoken are provided along with a timeline.

More than 2,500 videos are currently available in ScienceCinema, and the database will continue to grow as new R&D-related videos are produced by DOE programs, labs and facilities and submitted to OSTI. Scientific videos, animations, interactive visualizations and other multimedia are expected to become an increasingly prominent form of scientific communications. ScienceCinema was recently recognized as one of DOE’s six new initiatives in the DOE Open Government Plan 2.0 for making the federal government more transparent, participatory and collaborative. 

Related Topics: audio indexing, communications, open government plan, r&d, ScienceCinema, scientific, transparency, videos


OSTI R&D Plus News on the Move

by Doug Bales 23 Aug, 2010 in Technology


OSTI R&D Plus News on the Move

Ever wonder what innovations OSTI is developing to keep you informed while you are on the go? No need to ever wonder while you wander.

Now you can get DOE R&D full-text reports, OSTI news, videos and more while you’re on the move.

The new mobile web page allows you to:
• Get full-text DOE R&D from Information Bridge
• Read the latest news in our RSS feed (see image);
• View our YouTube videos;
• Read our award-winning blog
• Visit us on Facebook and Twitter

Visit to test drive or take it on the road with your mobile device.

Doug Bales

Related Topics: mobile, OSTI news, OSTI Youtube Channel, OSTIBLOG, RSS feeds, videos


The Jordan Aha! Test for Visualizations

by Sharon Jordan 24 Mar, 2010 in Technology


The Jordan Aha! Test for Visualizations

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Such is the justification and hope for visualizations.  Examples of enlightening visualizations are structural models of molecules like the carbon-60 Bucky Ball used in OSTI’s recent YouTube video.  The model shows a carbon atom at each intersection of molecular bonds. 

Another example of an enlightening visualization is Charles Joseph Minard’s famous graph showing the decreasing size of Napoleon’s army as it marches to Moscow and back with the size of the army equal to the width of the line.

Visualizations are often beautiful, but to be useful they must also convey a message.   At OSTI, we have adopted what has come to be called the Jordan Aha! Test as a metric of success for visualizations.  The concept is that a visualization is useful if the observer is informed by it so that she can exclaim “Aha!” 

Our experience at OSTI suggests that crafting a visualization that passes the Jordan Aha! Test is often surprisingly challenging.

Sharon Jordan


Related Topics: OSTI Youtube Channel, videos, visualizations, youtube