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OSTI and Social Media: A Great Way to “Share” DOE STI

Published on Jul 08, 2014

OSTI's mission is to advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useful to DOE researchers and the public. As part of this commitment to America’s science and technology future, we strive to place information in consumers’ hands, specifically, at their fingertips. Rapidly changing technology and increasing demands from smartphone-toting consumers drive new paths to DOE research using new social media tools.

DOE supports the use of social media as an avenue to uphold “open government principles of transparency, participation and collaboration”, expand the conversation on energy issues, and communicate with the rising/next generation of researchers. OSTI regularly shares information through interactive and user-driven social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. OSTI makes social media posts not only about our scientific and technical information (STI) collections and search tools, but also retweets and shares STI-related posts from other DOE program offices and across the 17 DOE national laboratories.

This is not just a one-way exchange. Digital engagement creates value, not only as OSTI reaches out to users but as users link back to DOE R&D in OSTI’s electronic library. For example, the OSTI document Technology of mirror machines: LLL facilities for magnetic mirror fusion experiments  became more visible via a link from a photo posted by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Flickr, an image and video social media site. Links back to OSTI documents are found in many places on the Web because of our large collection of DOE...


Back-to-School? Get ScienceLab!

Science Communications

Published on Aug 01, 2012



It’s August! Are you ready to get back to school? If you’re attending or teaching a science class this year, be sure to check out ScienceLab, Students' go-to source... for homework help, project ideas, competitions, internships, activities, and more. ScienceLab provides searchable access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education resources from U.S. Department of Energy programs and national laboratories.

ScienceLab searches can be filtered by both grade level and resource types including:

  • Student Guide/Tutorial
  • Instructor Guide/Manual
  • Classroom Activities
  • Curricula
  • Lesson Plans
  • Topic Presentations
  • Unit Plans
  • Online Interactive and Games
  • Data Source, Data Visualizations
  • Science Competitions
  • Field Trips
  • Career Exploration
  • Internships
  • Scholarships
  • Agency Resource Portals
  • Professional Development
  • Education Research and Policy
  • Ask A Scientist
  • E-Mentors
  • Speakers

Both students and teachers can benefit from ScienceLab resources. Share this information with your friends. You may print and distribute the ScienceLab flyer and fact card. Start searching the website and get a head start on your research papers and projects!


Sharing Data Leads to Progress

Personal Perspectives

Published on Aug 19, 2010

My mother died in March 2010 after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer’s, so I pay particular attention to news about this dreadful disease. A recent New York Times article caught my eye: “Sharing of Data Leads to Progress on Alzheimer's.”

How did sharing data lead to progress on Alzheimer’s?  A collaborative effort, the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, was formed to find the biological markers that show the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in the human brain. The key was to share all the data, making every finding public immediately – “available to anyone with a computer anywhere in the world.”

OSTI Link in New York Times Blog

Products and Content

Published on Mar 23, 2009

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 "


Google, Center for Democracy and Technology Recognize OSTI as Leader

Personal Perspectives

Published on Dec 20, 2007

Google's John Lewis Needham


As a staff member involved in OSTI's Web presence, it was personally satisfying today to hear Google's J.L. Needham mention OSTI in testimony to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.  Mr. Needham cited OSTI as an example of a government Web site that increased citizen access to government information by incorporating Google's sitemap protocol. The video is found in a December 11, 2007 article on Google's Public Policy Blog, "Senate testimony: Our efforts to better connect citizens to government."

Also mentioned in Google's blog is the Center for Democracy and Technology article "Hiding in Plain Sight, Why Important Government Information Cannot be Found through Commercial Search Engines." OSTI is listed in "Five Websites on the Right Track." Wow!