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What is DOE ScienceCinema?

DOE ScienceCinema is a multimedia search tool provided by the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information, with video and audio files produced by DOE National Laboratories and other DOE research facilities, and legacy information from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).


What is the content scope of DOE ScienceCinema?

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


What subject areas are covered in DOE ScienceCinema?

Astronomy
Biological Sciences
Biomass Fuels
Chemistry
Computing
Energy Conservation
Energy Storage, Conversion, and Utilization
Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Fission and Nuclear Technologies
Fossil Fuels
Geosciences
Materials Science
Mathematics
Nanotechnology
Nuclear Materials and Reactors
Particle Accelerators
Physics
Renewable Energy


How should I search DOE ScienceCinema?

DOE ScienceCinema offers two types of search: audio index searching and term search. The default search for words or phrases entered into the basic search box from the homepage or at the top of every screen is audio index searching. Term searching is offered via the drop down “Advanced Search” option.

Additionally, an audio search is offered on the individual record page to further investigate each multimedia record. This search is available on the left-hand side of the full record page. It may be used to find more search terms accessible via snippets in a specific video.

Boolean Operators

DOE ScienceCinema recognizes the operators AND, OR, and NOT in both the basic audio search and the advanced search.

  • Example: A search for water AND "climate change" will return results that include both the term water and the phrase climate change.
  • Example: A search for water OR "climate change" will return results that include either the term water or the phrase climate change.
  • Example: A search for water NOT "climate change" will return results that include the term water but not the phrase climate change.

+ and - allow for a search to either be required or forbidden in the search results.

  • Example: A search for energy +water will return results that include the term energy and also include the term water.
  • Example: A search for energy -water will return results that include the term energy but not the term water.
Proximity Operators
  • Example: "nuclear energy"~3 will return results where nuclear and energy are within three words of each other in the bibliographic record.
Proximity Operators
  • Example: A search for "water AND ("climate change" OR energy) will return results that include both the term water and either the phrase climate change or the term energy.

How do I use the Basic Search?

The Basic Audio Search allows the user to search multimedia audio content by entering 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 green magnifying glass button to the right of the search box. Once the search results list appears, the search term(s) should be visible in the result snippets below each video title.
  • Click on the preferred snippet to start playing the video at the exact moment 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, adjust the volume, and turn captions on/off by using the controls within the video player.
  • Click on the Play arrow within the video window (without selecting a snippets) to watch the entire video.
  • In most browsers, you can double click on the video to make the video full-screen or select the expand video control in the video player.
  • To turn closed captioning (where available) on or off, click on the CC button.
  • Click on the title of the video to view the full bibliographic record.
  • To view the abstract of the video as opposed to the snippets results list, select the “Description” tab underneath the title and authors list.
  • Click on the Prev/Next arrows at the top or bottom of the results list to move to the next page of search results.

How do I use the Advanced Search?

Advanced Search provides the user with the option to search the bibliographic data fields rather than the audio index for the videos. It also allows you to perform more complex searches, offering you a number of fields, such as Title, Author, or Publication Date that may be combined in searching to help you refine your search results.

To access the advanced search, select the green drop-down arrow inside the basic search bar, either on the homepage or at the top of any subsequent page.

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To access the advanced search, select the green drop-down arrow inside the basic search bar, either on the homepage or at the top of any subsequent page.

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Advanced Search Fields:

All Fields – Searches all bibliographic data including the abstract.

Title – Searches only multimedia titles

Author/Speaker – Searches all authors and names of speakers that have been entered in the metadata, including ORCID if available

Identifier Numbers – Searches for all identifying numbers, including DOE contract number, report number, non-DOE contract/award numbers, or other identifying numbers. This field searches the metadata fields OSTI ID, Report Number, Grant/Contract Number, and DOI.

Publication Date – Searches for multimedia videos that were published within a specified timeframe. Select the starting date or ending date from the drop-down calendar OR type MM/DD/YYYY, e.g. 01/01/2014.

Example:

Publication from: 01/01/2014 retrieves all records published on or after 1/1/2014.
Publication to: 01/01/2014 retrieves all records published on or before 1/1/2014.

Subject – Searches both the standardized subject categories and keywords associated with the record

Media Type – Allows you to filter your results by video or audio records

Research Org – Searches by the name(s) of the organization(s) that performed the research described in the record or that produced the video

Sponsoring Org – Searches the name(s) of the DOE program office(s) that provided the funding for the research contributing to the record

Update Date – Searches for records that were last updated within our system within a specified timeframe. Select the starting date or ending date from the drop-down calendar OR type MM/DD/YYYY, e.g. 01/01/2014.

Updated from: 01/01/2014 retrieves all records updated in OSTI.GOV on or after 1/1/2014.
Updated to: 01/01/2014 retrieves all records updated in OSTI.GOV on or before 1/1/2014.

What technology is behind the audio indexing of DOE ScienceCinema multimedia content?

The audio indexing technology for DOE 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 (https://www.ibm.com/watson/services/speech-to-text/).

By using innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from IBM Watson to allow users to quickly find video and audio files, DOE ScienceCinema delivers the precision searching already common in text-based databases. Users can search for specific words and phrases, and precise snippets of the video where the search term was spoken will appear along with a timestamp. This may also be combined with standard metadata searching through the advanced search feature. Users may then select a snippet or a segment along the timestamp to begin playing the video at the exact point in the video where the words were spoken. This feature is offered inline on the search results page, or on individual records pages to search the content of the selected video.


What information is found in the Full Record in DOE ScienceCinema?

The information in the Full Record is bibliographic data/metadata unique to, and descriptive of, a specific record. Basic bibliographic data includes the title, author(s), description or abstract, and publication date. This metadata improves online search and retrieval and helps ensure preservation of the document. Below is a list of the metadata that OSTI collects and that is displayed in DOE ScienceCinema, with those that can be specifically searched using the advanced search fields indicated with an asterisk.

Title* – the title of the resource

Abstract – summary of the information contained in the resource

Author(s)* – includes first and last name, may include middle name/initial, email address, ORCID, or institutional affiliation

Publication Date* – the date the research product was published

Research Organization* – the name(s) of the organization(s) that performed the research or issued the scientific and technical information that led to the research product

Sponsoring Organization* – the name(s) of the DOE program office(s) that provided the funding for the research contributing to the research product

OSTI Identifier* – unique identifier assigned by OSTI upon submission

Resource Type* – the type of research product, e.g. multimedia.

Country of Publication – the country in which the organization or company publishing the resource is located

Language – the language the resource is published in

Subject* – words or phrases that describe the project as summarized in the record. This includes subject categories picked from a standardized authority list or keywords assigned to the article either by the author(s) or journal.


Can I sort or filter my results?

Yes, you may filter your results by run time, media type, publication date, creator/author, and research organization. These options are available via the search results page on the left-hand side of the screen. Sort options on the results page include sorting by relevance, publication date, or run time, ascending or descending.


Can I download information from DOE ScienceCinema?

Yes. There are two options to download content from DOE 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 also may save the bibliographic/metadata information for a set of results as an CSV/Excel, XML, or JSON file from the results screen.

From an individual bibliographic/metadata details page you can export the metadata to Endnote or save it as a RIS, CSV/Excel, XML, or JSON file type. Citations for a bibliography or works page are automatically generated for the record in various formats (MLA, APA, Chicago, and BibTeX) at the bottom of the full-record metadata page.


How do I register for a DOE ScienceCinema account? What are the benefits of being a registered user?

To create a DOE ScienceCinema account, select the Create Account link at the top right of your screen and enter the requested information. You are required to provide your email address and create a password. Each account must be registered with a unique email address. After registration, you will be taken to your account management screen. If you are a DOE community user, such as a federal employee or contractor, you are invited to provide some additional information at the time of registration, or through your account management screen.

A DOE ScienceCinema account allows you to save videos, save searches, create playlists, export bibliographies, and create alerts.

If you have already created an OSTI.GOV account:

Only one account for OSTI’s online search tools is needed. If you already have an OSTI.GOV, DOE ScienceCinema, or DOE PAGES account, go to our Sign In page and use those credentials. OSTI has recently added new features on OSTI.GOV for members of the DOE community that may be activated with some additional account information.


Does DOE ScienceCinema offer an Alerts service?

Yes. You can create a DOE ScienceCinema account, which will allow you to save and categorize videos to playlists, save searches, export bibliographies, and create content alerts. To set an alert, save the search to your account, then choose your alert settings on your list of saved searches.