OpenNet: Using Technology to Make Information More Available


Using Technology to Make Information More Available

Department of Energy
Office of Declassification
Document Declassification Division
Telephone: (301) 903-4199

What Is OpenNet?

Research tool for:

  • Historians
  • Environmentalists
  • Concerned citizens

Electronic database of declassified documents

  • Contains information on more than 275,000 DOE documents
  • Bibliographic information
    • Title
    • Author
    • Subject
    • Size (Number of Pages)
  • Locator information
    • Where the document is stored
    • Address and telephone number
    • Ordering information
    • Point of contact

Where Is OpenNet?

Located on the Internet through the DOE Home Page at

How Do I Use OpenNet?

Easy to use built in search capabilities with "Help"on each screen

  • Simple search capabilities for the first-time user
  • Complex searches for the power-user

What Does It Cost to Use OpenNet?

There is no direct cost to use OpenNet. It is provided as a public service by the Department of Energy, Officeof Declassification and the Office of Scientific and Technical Information.

The user may incur costs from the service provider enabling access to the DOE Home Page.

Why Should I Use OpenNet?

  • To conduct research on topics relating to the history of the Department of Energy and its predecessor organizations, policies, and operations.
  • To obtain information on documents declassified by the Department of Energy.
  • To locate where DOE declassified documents are stored.
  • To learn how to obtain copies more quickly, often eliminating the need to submit a Freedom of Information Act request.

Who Do I Contact for More Information:

Points of Contact:

Mr. Fletcher Whitworth
Phone: (301) 903-4864; or
E-mail address:
Mr. Axel Ringe
Phone: (423) 576-2616; or
E-mail address:

Please send comments or suggestions to:

U.S. Department of Energy
Attention: Director
Document Declassification Division
Office of Declassification
19901 Germantown Road
Germantown, Maryland 20874

February 6, 1996, Press Conference Documents