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Director, U.S. DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information

OSTI Developing Open Source, Social Coding Platform for DOE Scientific Software

Published on Nov 02, 2016

DOE CODE

What would a modern software center look like?

We posed that question to Department of Energy (DOE) researchers across the complex in an effort to continue making our scientific and technical information (STI) tools and services best in class.  The answers we received were both enthusiastic and enlightening:  to be most useful, a modern DOE software platform must connect researchers in meaningful ways to their software, data, and research documents; embrace open source; not duplicate but complement existing community practices and platforms; provide for social coding; and enable social media that incorporates sharing and notification systems for software news and updates as well as links to author profiles.

We at the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) are happy to announce that this platform, called DOE CODE, is now under planning and development.

Why is this important to DOE?

Software is a critical form of STI and instrumental to scientific research.  It allows scientists to achieve day-to-day tasks, perform complex modeling and simulation, execute big data analytics, and control some of the largest scientific instruments in the world; in other words, software is essential to every aspect of modern scientific research. 

Why is it important for OSTI to ensure a robust software platform?

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DOE OSTI Implements Re-organization: Sticking to Our Knitting While Meeting New Challenges

Published on Apr 08, 2015

Office of Scientific and Technical Information

 

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), a unit of the Office of Science, recently completed a restructuring to fulfill agency-wide responsibilities to collect, preserve, and disseminate scientific and technical information (STI) emanating from DOE research and development (R&D) activities, including a new obligation to provide public access to DOE-affiliated journal articles.

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Watch More Science Videos – Now with Closed Captioning

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Published on Aug 26, 2013

ScienceCinema

 

Scientific videos just became even more plentiful and even more accessible through OSTI’s multimedia search tool ScienceCinema. Over a three-month period and with the help of a wonderful summer intern working alongside OSTI staff, we have added 560 new science videos to ScienceCinema from DOE Labs. Now, ScienceCinema contains over 3,200 videos highlighting exciting research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and CERN. Using innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology, ScienceCinema allows users to quickly search videos, and identify the exact point in the video where the search terms were spoken.

In our continuing collaboration with Microsoft Research and its cloud services vendor GreenButton, ScienceCinema has just added a closed captioning option, which allows users to see the videos’ audio in textual format, for all videos added since July 2013. Users simply turn on the closed captioning feature while watching the individual video of interest. For an example, click here, then click on the video image.   When the video begins playing, click on the “CC” circle at the bottom of the video screen.  (Closed captioning is seamlessly supported with Internet Explorer 10 and Chrome.)  For ScienceCinema, this is a breakthrough in accessibility for hearing-impaired patrons.

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ScienceCinema Goes International

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Published on Jun 01, 2011

ScienceCinema

 

In February, I wrote to you about the launch of ScienceCinema, a multimedia search engine developed by OSTI, in partnership with Microsoft.

It continues to grow, and I am pleased to let you know that it is adding audio and video materials from CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.  The inclusion of CERN materials is a milestone in the longstanding scientific collaboration between DOE and CERN and will increase public access to CERN scientific multimedia collections 

You can read about the groundbreaking technology behind ScienceCinema and the new collaboration at the OSTI Press Release and on the DOE Blog. And be sure to try ScienceCinema and let us know what you think.

Brian Hitson, Associate Director

Administration and Information Services
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

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ScienceCinema -- Multimedia and Visualization Innovations for Science

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Published on Feb 08, 2011

ScienceCinema, OSTI's new multimedia search tool, was launched yesterday as part of a one-day workshop, “Multimedia and Visualization Innovations for Science,” jointly hosted by Microsoft and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), held in Redmond, Washington.

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ROI of 10,000,000% -- Would You Invest?

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Published on Jul 22, 2009

Even the most outrageous Ponzi scheme couldn't promise a return of 10 million percent, but that's the return to be realized by opening the Department of Energy's historic R&D findings to the web.  Yes, you have to accept certain assumptions, but it's not a major leap

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China Joins the WorldWideScience Alliance: Why This is Important

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Published on Oct 29, 2008

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

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Published on Oct 01, 2008

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.

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WorldWideScience.org: finding the hidden treasures of science

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Published on Jun 13, 2008

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