by Susan Tackett on Thu, August 13, 2009
Did you know that you can help make important research available online by adopting a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) technical report? There are more than 300,000 DOE technical reports in need of digitization. In fact, most DOE technical reports from the 1940s to 1991 are still only available in hard copy or microfiche. This means that important research is not electronically accessible by researchers and the public.
You may find a technical report that you want to share with others or you think worthy of making indefinitely available on the web to support the advancement of science. When you search for important science information in your area of interest, you can choose to sponsor the digitization of any adoptable technical report. The cost is $85 (approximately the same cost as ordering a hard copy).
You can request recognition via a sponsor "certificate" indicating that the technical report was made electronically available through your contribution. The certificate will appear as the first page of the document. Or, you may request an acknowledgment in honor of . . . or in memory of . . . , etc. to appear as the first page of the document. However, if you prefer to be an anonymous sponsor, no recognition will be placed in the report.
Have you begun to think about your holiday shopping list? May I suggest, for that really hard-to-buy-for person, you can always sponsor a DOE technical report in their honor and accelerate science by making important research broadly available.
For more information and to take advantage of this service, please visit www.osti.gov/adoptAdoc/.