OSTI, IAEA collaboration yields increase in web access to DOE research
Collaboration is paying dividends for researchers and the American public, as U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) research reports previously unavailable on the World Wide Web become digitized and readily accessible. OSTI, through its longstanding participation in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Nuclear Information System (INIS), has acquired 15,000 electronic DOE technical reports that were previously only available in paper or microfiche. This was part of an initiative recently launched by INIS, with IAEA funding, to digitize legacy holdings from member nations. 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. 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 by 9 percent to nearly 190,000 reports. 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. Digitized technical reports from other nations are available through the INIS database, hosted in Vienna, Austria.