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What is ScienceCinema?

ScienceCinema allows users to search for specific words and phrases spoken within video files. Users can then easily access the precise point in the video where the word was spoken. There are two search options within ScienceCinema, the default "Audio Search" and "Fielded Search."

What is the content scope of ScienceCinema?

Content in ScienceCinema varies topically; however, it is limited to material produced by the DOE National Laboratories, other DOE research facilities, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Content includes conference recordings, promotional videos, research recordings, interviews, and more.

What subject areas are covered in ScienceCinema?

Biological Sciences
Biomass Fuels
Energy Conservation
Energy Storage, Conversion, and Utilization Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Fission and Nuclear Technologies
Fossil Fuels
Materials Science
Nuclear Materials and Reactors
Particle Accelerators
Renewable Energy

How should I search Audio or Fielded Search?

Audio Search

Audio Search allows the user to enter a term or phrase (place phrase in "double quotes") to search for specific words spoken during the video. Search results will return snippets beginning at the section of the video in which the words were spoken.

To use:

  • Enter the term or phrase in the box and click on the Find button. Once the search results list appears, the search term(s) will be highlighted in the Results section.
  • Click on the highlighted snippet to start playing the video at the exact segment where the search term was spoken. Upon clicking on the snippet, the video will begin to play in the thumbnail box.
  • Stop/start the video and control the volume by using the controls within the video window.
  • Click on the Play arrow within the video window (without using the search term snippets) to watch the entire video.
  • If you are a Firefox or IE user, you can double click on the video to make the video full-screen.
  • If you are a Chrome, Opera, or Safari user, you can make the video full-screen by clicking on the icon at the bottom right of the video.
  • To view closed captioning (where available), click on the CC button.
  • Click on the Title of the video to view the full bibliographic record
  • Click on the Prev/Next arrows at the top or bottom of the results list to move to the next page of search results

Fielded Search

Fielded Search provides the user with the option to search the bibliographic data fields rather than the audio index for the videos. Data fields include Description/Abstract, Title, Bibliographic Data, Author/Speaker, Media Type, Subject, Identifier Numbers, Media Source, Research Organization, Sponsoring Organization, Publication Date, and System Entry Date. To use:

  • Enter search criteria in the fields as desired (using "double quotes" for phrases), and click Find to obtain search results.
  • Sort results by Relevance, Date, Title, or OSTI ID
  • Click on the Title for the record of interest to view the full bibliographic record.

Click on the video icon to bring up the full record along with the option to play the entire video.

What technology is behind the Audio Search?

The audio indexing technology for ScienceCinema is provided by IBM Watson Speech to Text service, which provides an API that uses IBM's speech-recognition capabilities to produce transcripts of spoken audio. More detailed information, including a demo, about Watson and the technology can be viewed at the IBM Speech-to-Text service description page (

What is Bibliographic Data and why should I search it?

Bibliographic data is information unique to and descriptive of a particular document. Basic bibliographic data includes the title, author(s), publication date, and journal name. This metadata improves online search and retrieval, and helps ensure preservation of the document.

By searching bibliographic data in the fielded search field, you will search all fields of metadata for your search terms.

How do I play videos in my browser?

Playing of video files in Internet Explorer requires the Silverlight plug-in to be installed. Other browsers (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) do not require plug-ins to play these video files. See for more information

Can I download information from ScienceCinema?

Yes. There are two options to download content from ScienceCinema - the first from the search results list and the second from the record page. From Search Results, select "Download 'Title'" located under the thumbnail of the resource. From the individual record page, select "View Multimedia" at the top right of the side bar.

You may save results to Excel, CSV, or XML by selecting the link at the top of the search results. You may also export metadata to Excel, EndNote, RIS, CSV, or XML available as links in the right side bar of the record page.

Does ScienceCinema offer an Alerts service?

ScienceCinema does not currently offer an alerts service or RSS feed.