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Office of Scientific and Technical Information

OSTI's Vision, Mission, Goals


The Office of Scientific and Technical Information will fulfill a critical U.S. Department of Energy mission to ensure long-term preservation of and access to the results of DOE research and development (R&D) investments.  Across the full spectrum of DOE R&D programs, OSTI will provide accountability for all DOE scientific and technical information—in its many forms—through electronic, efficient, and user-friendly tools and technology.


The mission of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information is to advance science and sustain technological creativity by making R&D findings available and useful to Department of Energy researchers and the public.


  1. Accountability for DOE Unclassified R&D results – Collection, Acquisition
  • implement the acquisition aspects of the DOE Public Access Plan for scholarly publications;
  • target comprehensive electronic submission of technical reports and other textual forms of scientific and technical information (STI);
  • increase the volume of searchable multimedia forms of STI; and
  • increase acquisition, registration and usability of DOE R&D datasets.
  1. Long-term Preservation of DOE R&D Results
  • increase the digitization of legacy holdings through partnership and collaboration;
  • support preservation through migration and interoperability;
  • preserve DOE STI hosted in a distributed environment through dark archiving; and
  • ensure the preservation of unclassified DOE R&D results through validated testing of disaster recovery and contingency plan elements.
  1. Collection, Protection, Preservation, and Secure Access to Classified R&D Results, Unclassified Controlled Nuclear Information (UCNI), and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
  • achieve comprehensive electronic submission of classified and UCNI STI;
  • deploy secure, need-to-know-based search and retrieval for classified and UCNI STI;
  • ensure preservation of classified R&D information and UCNI through validated testing of disaster recovery and contingency plan elements;
  • develop specialized information tools and services to support the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and DOE; and
  • review, catalog, mark, and disseminate classified and UCNI STI according to DOE and national requirements; and life-cycle management of CUI.
  1. Maximum Use of and Visibility for DOE R&D Results
  • ensure high visibility and use of the DOE public access model, DOE PAGES;
  • develop and benchmark OSTI products as “best in class” from government, academia, and industry;
  • leverage partnerships to promote and support DOE R&D priorities; and
  • establish communications as a driver of visibility.
  1. Strong Foundations, Partnerships, and Agility
  • provide leadership and organizational structure that clearly defines vision and performance expectations and facilitates efficient operations and camaraderie;
  • ensure a technology and cyber infrastructure that serves both OSTI’s programmatic requirements and internal business needs;
  • offer a physical infrastructure that provides a safe, secure, efficient, and healthy environment for OSTI’s workforce and information assets; and
  • be committed to flexibility as opportunities for new collaborations and business lines emerge.