skip to main content
OSTI.GOV title logo U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Scientific and Technical Information

OSTI's Vision, Mission, Goals

Vision

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.

Mission

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.

Goals

  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.