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NAR Urges Congress to Support Net Neutrality

By Melanie Wyne, Daniel Blair

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DOJ Shifts Support Against CFPB

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EGRPRA Report to Congress

By Sehar Siddiqi, Joe Harris

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REALTOR® Party Corporate Ally Program

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HUD Secretary Launches Listening Tour

By Megan Booth, Sehar Siddiqi, Joe Harris

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Senate Commerce Hearing on Drones

By Erin Stackley, Stephanie A. Spear, Russell Riggs

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President Trump Releases Budget

By Megan Booth, Austin Perez, Joe Harris

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NAR Urges Mnuchin to Protect MID

By Evan Liddiard, Jamie Gregory

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NAR Supports Sanford/Sherman G-fee Bill

By Vijay Yadlapati, Charles Dawson

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Flood Insurance Hearings

By Austin Perez, Ken Wingert, Russell Riggs

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Pres. Trump Signs WOTUS Order

By Russell Riggs, Ken Wingert

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Carson Becomes HUD Secretary

By Megan Booth, Sehar Siddiqi, Joe Harris

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Senate Confirms Carson Nomination as Realtors® Look to Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

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NAR Seeks Improvements to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

By Melanie Wyne, Daniel Blair

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FHA Appraiser Identity Theft

By Sehar Siddiqi, Joe Harris

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FinCEN Renews Anti-Money Laundering Efforts for High-End Real Estate Transactions

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FHFA Scorecard Includes Credit Scoring

By Charles Dawson, Vijay Yadlapati, Daniel Blair

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International Money Laundering Organization Issues U.S. Recommendations

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GSE Announce New Modification Program

By Vijay Yadlapati, Charles Dawson

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REINS Act Passes House

By Russell Riggs, Ken Wingert

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Private Flood Insurance Regulation

By Austin Perez, Ken Wingert, Russell Riggs

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HUD Floodplain Elevation Standard

By Austin Perez, Ken Wingert, Russell Riggs

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FHA Lowers Premiums

By Megan Booth, Sehar Siddiqi, Joe Harris

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NAR Endorses Dr. Ben Carson

By Megan Booth, Sehar Siddiqi, Joe Harris

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CFPB Petition for Rehearing PHH Case Granted

On February 16, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit granted the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) petition for rehearing by the full bench of the D.C. Circuit (en banc), vacating the three-judge panel decision issued on October 11, 2016, in the case of CFPB v. PHH Corporation.

Recall that in October, the three-judge panel vacated a $109 million penalty imposed by the CFPB against PHH for allegedly violating the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) by paying for referrals where there is federally related mortgage. The court also held that the unilateral authority of the CFPB vested in a single person – the Director of the CFPB – was unconstitutional because the Director could be dismissed only “for cause,” and not at the discretion of the President.

The court’s granting of the petition for rehearing en banc wholly vacates the panel’s decision, including the conclusion that PHH did not violate Section 8(c)(2) of RESPA, allowing for the possibility that the panel of ten judges reconsider this issue. However, it appears from the court’s order that the focus of the rehearing will be on the question regarding the constitutionality of the CFPB’s single director structure. 

Oral argument is scheduled for May 24, 2017, and a decision may not be released until 2018, which could be subject to further appeals. NAR is still considering whether to file an amicus brief in support of PHH and the RESPA Section 8(c)(2) safe harbor, as was done previously.

View the court’s order 

For a brief overview of the case, see NAR’s Issue Brief

For best practices on MSAs, see NAR’s RESPA Do’s Don’ts for MSAs.

For more background on the case, view NAR’s Window to the Law analysis. 

For more information, see NAR’s topic page on RESPA.

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Supreme Court to Hear WOTUS Case

By Russell Riggs, Ken Wingert

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Under New Congress, NAR Keeps Focus on You

REALTORS® are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy first three months of the legislative season as a new Congress and new Administration tackle a number of priorities that affect real estate, including tax reform, the Affordable Care Act, regulatory reform, reauthorization of federal flood insurance, and what to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Regulatory Reform

Right out of the gate, the House took a stab at regulatory reform, passing a measure that would give Congress more say in the rules federal agencies propose. The Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS) would require agencies to send proposed rules to Congress for a vote if they would have an impact on the economy of $100 million or more.

NAR supports the bill because it would increase transparency and help lawmakers ensure the rules are consistent with congressional intent. “Additional scrutiny by elected officials is a good thing,” says NAR President William E. Brown. “And it gives us another chance to weigh in with Congress when it’s looking at these big-ticket rules.”

The House was also considering another bill that NAR sees merit in, the Regulatory Accountability Act. It would require agencies to achieve their objectives at the least cost and to say how their rules would impact small businesses, among other things.

Both bills largely apply prospectively, NAR analysts say, although the REINS Act includes an amendment that would direct agencies to identify a rule for repeal to offset annual costs any time a rule is proposed. NAR analyst say more information is needed on how such a provision would work in practice.

In addition, the administration of Donald Trump could take a fresh look at existing regulations across the board, and that could result in new rulemaking to change provisions that are hurting real estate, including provisions in the Dodd-Frank financial services reform law enacted in 2010 in response to the financial crisis.

NAR analysts say the association might favor easing some Dodd-Frank requirements on community banks, which traditionally provide the bulk of financing for housing construction. Housing starts have been far below what’s needed to meet rising demand, and easing some requirements on community banks could lead to more robust construction lending.

“Anything we can do to make it easier for local banks to allow builders to obtain loans to build homes that our members can sell is good,” Brown says. More houses would also help bring supply and demand into closer balance, slowing rising home prices.

Health Insurance Reform

With the debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act beginning, NAR is prepared to represent the interests of REALTORS® and real estate companies just as it did when health care reform was debated a decade ago, says Brown.

NAR analysts have been monitoring what lawmakers are discussing with an eye to ensuring independent contractors and small businesses retain access to quality policies at reasonable costs. The lion’s share of NAR members buy their insurance in the individual market, which historically tends to be more volatile and expensive than the group market.

NAR would also like to see certain aspects of existing law that benefit REALTORS® remain in any replacement law. These include not letting insurers deny coverage to people who have a preexisting condition, preventing insurers from charging markedly different premiums based on factors such as age, gender, and health status, and allowing people to keep their children on their plans up to age 26.

“We will weigh in at the appropriate time and with the appropriate committees as the process is unfolding,” says Brown. “We are not at the center of this debate, but we will weigh in as needed to help ensure independent contractors and small businesses have access to health insurance that meets their needs.”

Tax Reform

Once health care reform is resolved, the new Congress is expected to take up tax reform. NAR’s priority is to preserve longstanding tax incentives for home ownership and real estate investment, including the mortgage interest deduction and property tax deductions. On the commercial side, preserving 1031 like-kind exchanges is paramount.  

NAR has made it clear to lawmakers it will resist efforts to eliminate or curtail MID, and it has come out against proposals that have been circulating in Washington for several years that would effectively eliminate the incentive value of the deduction for most home owners by raising the standard deduction.    

NAR analysts call proposals to cut most itemized deductions, including for property and other state and local taxes, and doubling or tripling the standard deduction a back-door attack on MID because it would eliminate the incentive for most people to itemize. “It blurs the distinction between renting and owning, and that goes against the commitment the federal government made more than 100 years ago to support homeownership,” says Brown.

NAR estimates that only the wealthiest 5 percent of households would continue to itemize under some of the proposed changes, while currently the bulk of households that take advantage of MID and property tax deductions are middle class.

On the commercial side, NAR is letting lawmakers know that proposals to curb 1031 exchanges will also meet with strong resistance, because the tax deferral mechanism is one of the main drivers of commercial real estate development today. “If that goes away, commercial real estate will be decimated,” Brown says. “That’s something we’re being very clear about with Congress. This provision is to commercial real estate what MID is for residential real estate. We will fall on our sword for this.”

Flood Insurance

Another pressing priority for NAR in the coming months will be getting the National Flood Insurance Program reauthorized before it expires at the end of September. The last time the program was up for renewal, in 2008, Congress took four years to reauthorize the program under the Biggert-Waters Act. Up until that point, the program was extended 18 times and allowed to shut down twice, which created uncertainty in the real estate industry.  

NAR is seeking another long-term reauthorization combined with additional reforms to increase the accuracy of flood mapping, provide financial assistance for more homeowners to mitigate their risk before a flood occurs, and develop a more robust private insurance market.

Although the program is vital to real estate, reauthorization requires an ongoing education effort because many lawmakers believe flooding is more a regional than a national problem. “What many don’t realize is flooding can happen anywhere and we all live in a flood zone to some degree. In fact, flood disasters have been presidentially declared across much of the Midwest over the last 6 months and just about everywhere else over the last 10 years,” says Brown.

The last time the program was allowed to shut down, 30,000 home-sale transactions came to a halt each month, with devastating consequences for the households and the local economies. Flood insurance is required for a mortgage in more than 22,000 communities around the country. NAR is prepared to push for a temporary extension to keep the program open well before the program expires if reauthorization risks getting crowded out in the fall.

Secondary Mortgage Market Reform

Since the financial crisis, government officials have wrestled with what to do about the two secondary mortgage market companies, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They’re integral to home sales because they give lenders a market in which to sell their conventional loans so they can maintain liquidity for new lending.

The companies have been in federal conservatorship since 2010, and although they’re making money again and have even paid back to the Treasury the assistance they received in the wake of the financial crisis, many lawmakers want to keep reform high on the agenda.

NAR has forcefully advocated for years that, whether or not the companies are replaced, there must continue to be a mechanism for lenders to sell safely underwritten, federally backed conventional loans to investors. Not to have that would almost surely spell the end of the 30-year, fixed-rate loans that are at the heart of the country’s successful home sales market, Brown says. “Borrowers’ ability to access safe, affordable, long-term, fixed-rate financing depends on the federal guarantee,” he says.

NAR analysts don’t expect secondary mortgage market reform to be taken up before the fall. “There’s a lot going on, and as long as the companies are doing well, the urgency to deal with them won’t be as high as other priorities,” Brown says. “But it remains important to settle their status once and for all.”

Brown says the work of the reform-minded 115th Congress can have enormous repercussions on how much real estate is bought and sold for years to come, so vigilance will be the watchword for 2017, particularly in the early months. “There are going to be a lot of balls in the air,” he says. “We have to be ready. We will be ready.”

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Get Ready For Tax Reform

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FHA Suspends Mortgage Insurance Premium Reduction

By Megan Booth, Sehar Siddiqi, Joe Harris

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NAR Comments on NFIP Reform Principles

By Austin Perez, Ken Wingert, Russell Riggs

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Tax Reform Must Protect Homeownership

Published in The Hill

The 115th Congress is gearing up for an intense legislative session, and tax reform is set to play a starring role.

That’s good.

America’s tax system deserves an overhaul, with an eye toward ensuring individual tax rates are as low as possible while still providing for balanced fiscal policy.

Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle have done tremendous work to get us there, and we’re hopeful this conversation continues.

For the roughly 75 million home-owning families across the country, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Important tax incentives for homeownership and real estate investment like the mortgage interest deduction, state and local property tax deduction, and 1031 like-kind exchange are critical. They’re key to protecting home values, supporting investment and helping new buyers enter the market.

Here’s why:

First, American homeowners already pay between 80 and 90 percent of all federal income taxes. Without the MID, that figure could rise to 95 percent. It’s particularly troubling considering the fact that more than half of families who claim the MID earn less than $100,000 per year.

The state and local property tax deduction is essential to homeowners as well. Current homeowners know that paying property taxes is a part of owning a home, but they also know those payments to state and local governments can be deducted from their federal income tax.

Without that deduction, homeowners would get taxed on the income used to pay their property taxes. This is a form of “double taxation” that hits home for lower and middle-income households.

The value of these tax incentives is already baked into home prices, meaning there’s a very real likelihood that eliminating those benefits could cause home values to plummet.

Many metro areas have experienced a significant rise in equity since the Great Recession, but others struggle to regain their pre-housing crash value. A steep drop in home prices, even temporarily, could put millions of homeowners underwater again on their mortgages. That pulls the rug out from under homeowners who built budgets or long-term retirement plans around the current rules.

But outright elimination of these incentives isn’t the only threat to homeownership. Proposals to double the standard deduction, as the House of Representatives has put forward, would effectively negate the importance of these tax provisions for all but the most affluent taxpayers.

That’s a huge step in the wrong direction.

For over a century, America has incentivized homeownership through the tax code, and for good reason.  Purchasing a home is a way for families to put down roots and invest in their communities. It’s also an important part of economic growth, with housing accounting for 16 percent — or $2.9 trillion — of the Gross Domestic Product.

Homeownership is a key driver of wealth accumulation for millions of families, with the median net worth for homeowners standing at $200,000 versus just over $5,000 for renters.

For most homeowners, their home is their single largest asset. Homeownership is also a way to protect families against inflation and rising costs for housing, because while rents may rise, a fixed-rate mortgage remains the same month after month.

Like any investment, purchasing a home comes with some level of risk. Most homebuyers put up a significant down payment just to get in the door, with the first few years of mortgage payments comprised primarily of interest on the loan.

The MID and other tax incentives help alleviate that burden, making homeownership a viable option for those of modest means.

That’s how younger homeowners are able to grow their net wealth protect their income, “roll up” to a larger home when they have a family or grow a nest egg for retirement.

We know there’s a lot on the line for real estate investors as well. The 1031 exchange is a critical tax provision that allows investors to trade a business or investment asset for a similar property, deferring any tax until the investment is “cashed out.”

The result is that rather than simply selling a property and taking gains, investors have an incentive to reinvest those funds back into the business and the neighborhood. That’s good for the recipient as well as the community, but the tax incentive is on the chopping block as Congress considers reform.

Those incentives must be preserved.

Of course, tax reform ought to be proactive. Congress should look to reinstate tax relief for mortgage debt cancellation, so homeowners going through a short sale aren’t taxed on the “phantom income” their forgiven debt represents. And, as home prices rise, Congress should also index the capital gains exclusion for home sales to account for inflation and preserve the benefit for future homeowners.

The reality is that whether you rent, buy or invest, everyone is counting on a tax proposal that moves the economy forward. Protecting tax incentives for homeownership and real estate investment is key to that success.

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CFPB Enforcement Actions: Real Estate Brokers, a Mortgage Lender, and a Mortgage Servicer

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Trump Signs Regulatory Executive Order

By Russell Riggs, Ken Wingert

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NAR Letter on FHA Premiums

By Megan Booth, Sehar Siddiqi, Joe Harris

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USDA Acting State Directors

By Megan Booth, Sehar Siddiqi, Joe Harris

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Executive Order Guidance Released

By Russell Riggs, Ken Wingert

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Supreme Court To Hear Property Rights Case

By Russell Riggs, Ken Wingert

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Brian Hitson Named Director of the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Brian A. Hitson has been named Director of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), a DOE corporate function that is managed by the Office of Science.

 

OSTI, based in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, fulfills agency-wide statutory responsibilities to collect, preserve, and disseminate scientific and technical information emanating from DOE research and development activities.  The OSTI mission is to advance science and sustain technological creativity by making RD findings available and useful to DOE researchers and the public.

 

“OSTI most recently led the development of the Department’s plan to provide public access to scholarly publications and maintains a massive collection of DOE RD results going back to the Manhattan Project,” said Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Deputy Director of the Office of Science for Resource Management, in announcing Hitson’s appointment. “Brian has led the implementation of the DOE public access plan for scholarly publications, the first such plan to have been approved by the White House, and he personally forged cooperative working relationships on public access with federal research agencies, the publishing community, and other key stakeholders.”

 

Mr. Hitson joined OSTI in 1988 and led a range of programmatic and administrative activities, including strategic planning, budget formulation and execution, information product development, and cost-reimbursable project management.  Appointed Associate Director for Administration and Information Services in 1999, he developed and implemented a number of strategic initiatives and managed line responsibilities in international information exchange programs, administrative and financial management, classified and sensitive information programs, and the digitization and preservation of a 1.2 million scientific document repository.  He has been serving as Acting Director of OSTI since January 2014. 

 

Mr. Hitson co-authored the 2014 DOE Public Access Plan, developing a strategy for implementing public access to the scholarly publications resulting from DOE’s RD efforts, and, along with DOE, Office of Science, and OSTI colleagues, he led the August 2014 launch of the DOE Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science, or DOE PAGESBeta.  In managing OSTI’s international activities, Mr. Hitson played a key role in the development of WorldWideScience.org and in the establishment of the WorldWideScience Alliance in 2008.  He is the U.S. representative to the IAEA’s International Nuclear Information System (INIS) and chairs the technical activities committee of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI). 

 

Mr. Hitson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration, both from the University of Tennessee, and is a 2011 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society program.  He and his wife Mary Helen have two daughters and reside in Clinton, Tennessee.

 

DOE’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

 

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U.S. Department of Energy Increases Access to Results of DOE-funded Scientific Research

The U.S. Department of Energy is introducing new measures to increase access to scholarly publications and digital data resulting from Department-funded research.

The Energy Department has launched the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science –PAGES – a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication.

“Increasing access to the results of research funded by the Department of Energy will enable researchers and entrepreneurs to capitalize on our substantial research and development investments,” said Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. “These new policies set the stage for increased innovation, commercial opportunities, and accelerated scientific breakthroughs.”

As it grows in content, PAGES will include access to DOE-funded authors’ accepted manuscripts hosted primarily by the Energy Department’s National Labs and grantee institutions, in addition to the public access offerings of publishers. For publisher-hosted content, the Department is collaborating with the publisher consortium CHORUS — the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States.

PAGES contains an initial collection of accepted manuscripts and journal articles as a demonstration of its functionality and eventual expanded content. Additional metadata and links to articles and accepted manuscripts will be added as they are submitted, with anticipated growth of 20,000 to 30,000 articles and manuscripts annually. 

Read More from the U.S. Department of Energy News Release.

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Sample the “smart grid” search at new SciTech Connect

SciTech Connect
For a sample of what you can find in SciTech Connect, try these smart grid results. Then test drive the SciTech Connect search on your other science terms of interest. A basic search is available which includes a semantic search; an advanced search will help you limit your search to a particular field. In SciTech Connect, there are over 2.5 million citations, including citations to 1.4 million journal articles, 364,000 of which have digital object identifiers (DOIs) linking to full-text articles on publishers’ websites. SciTech Connect also has over 313,000 full-text DOE sponsored STI reports; most of these are post-1991, but close to 85,000 of the reports were published prior to 1990. SciTech Connect is a consolidation of Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database, incorporating all the RD info from these two products into one search interface.

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100th Celebration for DOE R&D Accomplishments Feature Pages

100th Celebration for DOE RD Accomplishments

DOE RD Accomplishments is a unique website and database in the OSTI collection. For over 14 years, special Feature pages have been methodically researched and useful information collected on scientists, discoveries, and historical events to include in this searchable resource. It is a rich source of DOE trivia unto itself. The outcomes featured have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science. The 100th Feature Page highlights 2004 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics, David Gross. Gross joins other featured DOE Nobel Laureates such as Glenn Seaborg, E. O. Lawrence, Melvin Calvin and Saul Perlmutter on this distinguished list. Learn more about the 100th Celebration for DOE RD Accomplishments Feature Pages at http://t.osti.gov/i0s.

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DOE R&D Accomplishments Celebrates 15 Years of Excellence

 

In January 1999, a database of electronic documents containing U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)/predecessor accomplishments was created. It was launched with the goal of drawing visible recognition to outcomes of past DOE/predecessor research
and development that:

  • have had
    significant economic impact,
  • have improved
    people’s lives, or
  • have been widely
    recognized as remarkable advances in science. 

The first two DOE RD Accomplishments Feature pages
were posted in February 2000. The subjects were the 1958 video game created by
a Brookhaven scientist and the Information Superhighway reflecting Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory’s contribution to the Internet.  Since then
the DOE RD Accomplishments website has posted Feature pages about 91 Nobel
Laureates and some recent Enrico Fermi Award winners.

DOE RD Accomplishments also provides interesting insights and
detailed information about Nobel Laureates that range from former DOE Secretary
Steven Chu to Enrico Fermi and Saul Perlmutter.  In addition to
scientists, important key topics such as Thin-Film Lithium Batteries, Cancer
Therapy and Climate Change have also been highlighted. Another helpful segment
on the website is called “Snapshots.” This is where you can find
articles and related documents on subjects such as Neutrinos; Life: Babies and
Archea; and WWII the Manhattan Project.

OSTI celebrates this unique, first-rate website that duly
recognizes DOE associated research, scientists and discoveries. Cheers to 15 years of Excellence!

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DOE R&D Accomplishments Celebrates 15 Years of Excellence

 

The first DOE RD Accomplishments Feature page was posted on January 15th, 1999. Launching with the goal to draw the distinct connection and visible recognition between U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) online research resources at OSTI and the distinguished Nobel Laureates that:

  • have had significant economic impact,
  • have improved people’s lives, or
  • have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. 

Since that day 15 years ago, the DOE RD Accomplishments page has posted Feature pages for 110 Nobel Laureates and 60 Enrico Fermi Award winners.  In addition to Feature pages, the website is comprised of a database, interesting insights and snapshots of detailed helpful information. The Featured Nobel Laureates range from former DOE Secretary Steven Chu to Saul Perlmutter and Melvin Calvin.  Also featured, Enrico Fermi, along with Fermi Award winners whose research has had a profound impact on society.  Featured pages also include key topics such as Thin-Film Lithium Batteries, Cancer Therapy and Climate Change.  Special “Snapshots” on the site include Neutrinos, Life:  Babies and Archaea and WWII and the Manhattan Project which was also featured in the local paper. 

OSTI celebrates this unique, first-rate website that duly recognizes DOE associated research, scientists and discoveries. Cheers to 15 years of Excellence!

Article source: http://www.osti.gov/home/rssposts/doe-rampd-accomplishments-celebrates-15-years-excellence

OSTI Launches Re-Designed Home Page

New Look Reflects Focus on Serving DOE RD Interests

 

The website of the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has a new look.

OSTI has re-designed its home page to reflect a streamlined focus on its core mission: to collect, preserve and disseminate scientific and technical information (STI) emanating from DOE research and development (RD) activities.

The refreshed OSTI home page makes it easier for visitors to find DOE STI as well as other related science resources from across the federal government and around the world.  OSTI works to extend the reach and impact of DOE research results and to bring the world’s research to DOE.

Prominently positioned at the top of the new home page is a search box for DOE RD results that provides one-step access to OSTI’s flagship DOE STI product, SciTech Connect.

The home page also includes a carousel of OSTI’s streamlined product portfolio, slides highlighting OSTI news and blogs, and the OSTI Catalogue of Collections, which lists and describes OSTI’s STI offerings.

Featured in the carousel are links to OSTI’s principal DOE STI resources, including SciTech Connect, DOE Data Explorer, ScienceCinema, DOepatents, E-Print Network and DOE RD Accomplishments.  The carousel also provides ready access to OSTI’s three federated search products: the National Library of EnergyBeta, Science.gov and WorldWideScience.org.

The re-designed home page also includes an expandable footer that highlights the DOE Scientific and Technical Information Program (STIP).  Central to OSTI’s operations, STIP is an OSTI-led collaboration of STI managers and technical information officers from across the DOE complex responsible for identifying, collecting, preserving and making accessible the results of DOE-funded RD.  The footer also includes a handy index of all OSTI’s science resources and information about OSTI.

OSTI re-designed its home page to make it easier for users to seek and find DOE STI.  Please let us know what you think: Feedback/Contact US.

Article source: http://www.osti.gov/home/rssposts/osti-launches-re-designed-home-page

OSTI Now a Member of ORCID

Posted December 18, 2007

Released December 5, 2007

  • Science.gov Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    The science gateway that makes science information more accessible and useful to researchers, teachers, and learners wherever they are located commemorated its 5th Anniversary today (see press release).

Posted December 4, 2007

  • One step closer to vaccine for Lyme disease

    Brookhaven biologist John DunnScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Stony Brook University have received a patent for developing chimeric, or “combination,” proteins that may advance the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S., and is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. “This [research] could lead to a vaccine that is effective at different stages of the organism’s life cycle,” said Brookhaven biologist John Dunn, a researcher on the BNL Lyme disease team. Read about this and other patents supported through DOE at DOepatents, a central collection of the Department’s patent information from the 1940s to today.

Posted November 20, 2007

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Posted October 9, 2007

  • Meet ‘Otisco’ – a Shrub Bred for Speed

    Meet Otisco, a fast-growing shrub willow that is resistant to disease and pests, hardy on a variety of sites, and can be harvested at a rapid rate for high yields of biomass – perfect for a sustainable, renewable source of energy. This novel hybridization of Salix viminalis with Salix miyabeana [319-KB PDF] was patented in September, and is on the recent inventions list at the DOepatents Database. DOepatents, developed and maintained by OSTI, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s central collection of searchable patent information. The database makes available more than 20,000 historic and current patent records.

  • Wolfgang Panofsky Dead at 88, Bibliography Featured at Energy Citations Database

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky , a renowned particle physics researcher, accelerator builder, outspoken arms control advocate, and administrator of basic research, died September 25, 2007. Dr. Panofsky was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1969 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enrico Fermi Award in 1979. A featured bibliography of Dr. Panofsky is available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Energy Citations Database provides free access to over two million science research citations from 1948 through the present.

  • Seaborg Award Winner’s Documents Featured

    Saed Mirzadeh

    Saed Mirzadeh, whose work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led to development of new treatments for cancer and other diseases, is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society’s 2007 Seaborg Medal Award . A selection of Dr. Mirzadeh’s documents are featured at OSTI’s Information Bridge. Information Bridge provides free access to full-text documents and citations of DOE’s research report literature.

     

     

     

     

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Posted September 25, 2007

  • OSTI 60th Anniversary Commemorated

    Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science

    On September 18, 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) commemorated its 60-year contribution to accelerating scientific discovery through the preservation and sharing of DOE RD results. Historical exhibits and a program for retirees, former and current employees, and business and community leaders were held at the OSTI facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science; Dr. Eugene Garfield , Chairman Emeritus of Thomson Scientific; and Dr. Walter Warnick, OSTI Director, were speakers. U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp delivered pre-recorded video comments. During the event, the launch of DOePatents, a new Web site developed by OSTI, was announced. That evening OSTI co-hosted with Friends of Oak Ridge National Library a free community lecture by Dr. Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, at the American Museum of Science and Energy . As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the museum.

  • OSTI Develops New Online Search Tool for Patents

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new Web site, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.“From helping the blind to see again to identifying hidden weapons through holographic computerized imaging technology, DOE has supported and will continue to support research addressing some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges,” Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach said. “Content within DOepatents represents a truly impressive demonstration of DOE research and development and technological innovation.” The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present.

  • OSTI Showcases DOE Research Taking Aim at Cancer

    DOE research has made many contributions over the years to radiation and cancer therapy, including PEREGRINE and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). OSTI’s DOE Accomplishments Web site recently featured these revolutionary tools. Also included at the site are more resources and additional information on this topic. DOE Accomplishments is a central forum for information about remarkable advances in science through past DOE RD.

Released September 18, 2007

  • DOE Launches New Online Search Tool for Patents, 1940s to Present

    DOE today announced the launch of a website, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.  The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present (see press release).

Posted September 11, 2007

  • OSTI Joins Places Spaces Exhibit at American Museum of Science and Energy

    Researchers in Select Topics of Astrophysics

    As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the American Museum of Science and Energy . OSTI’s Identifying a Dream Research Team: An Astrophysical Example will be on display from Sept. 7 to January 7. The illustrations in OSTI’s display are based on a key DOE database, Information Bridge. Information Bridge is a DOE Science Accelerator resource.

  • Eugene Garfield to Lecture at OSTI and American Museum of Science and Energy

    The public is invited to share in OSTI’s 60th Anniversary celebration at a free community lecture and reception held at 7 pm at the American Museum of Science and Energy . Dr. Eugene Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, will present “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – tracing the impacts of information retrieval systems on science policy.” Garfield is founding publisher/editor of The Scientist, author of over 1,000 articles and books, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

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Released August 27, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing

    It was just over 60 years ago that General Leslie Groves, commanding the Manhattan Engineer District in Oak Ridge, TN, mandated that all classified and unclassified information related to the Atomic Bomb be brought together into one central file. Thus, in 1947, the precursor to the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was born. On Sept. 18, OSTI, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, will commemorate its 60th Anniversary (see press release).

Posted August 21, 2007

  • Science Accelerator Searches Key Energy Department Databases

    Science Accelerator

    The DOE Science Accelerator provides one-stop searching of key Energy Department and federal scientific databases developed and maintained by the OSTI. Users can search and retrieve current research results and ongoing project descriptions, as well as legacy research findings and accomplishments. Included are full-text technical reports, energy-related citations, conference papers and proceedings and scientific e-prints (see resource descriptions). The DOE Science Accelerator demonstrates capabilities that will eventually yield the technology to search at least 1,000 scientific databases in parallel. DOE will continue to develop this resource as other science and technology resources are added.

  • WorldWideScience.org Extends Global Reach to Africa

    WorldWideScience.org

    WorldWideScience.org now provides access to scientific knowledge from all six inhabited continents. The most recent addition is the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research . OSTI manages and hosts WorldWideScience.org, a global science gateway using federated search for one-stop access to international science sources. The newest addition, CSIR, is an institutional repository containing articles, reports, and papers authored by CSIR researchers. CSIR contacted OSTI, seeking to have its collection made searchable by WorldWideScience.org. Just prior to the overture from South Africa, OSTI was contacted by the National Library of New Zealand, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 , seeking to have its nearly century-old collection of scientific literature added to WorldWideScience.org. This source has now been added as well. Brian Hitson, associate director of OSTI, said: “Clearly, the accelerated knowledge diffusion benefits of WorldWideScience.org are resonating across the globe, as more and more source managers express a desire to be searched by this gateway. The benefits are mutual: Each source enjoys more usage and visibility, and the users of WorldWideScience.org gain access to a multitude of sources not accessible through any other single search engine.”

  • DOE RD Accomplishments Database Enhanced

    DOE RD Accomplishments

    OSTI recently enhanced the DOE RD Accomplishments database search and retrieval features. Users now have the benefit of sorting results, limiting their search to just full text and honing their search terms for a targeted search. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. An RD accomplishment is the outcome of past research whose benefits are being realized now. Visit DOE RD Accomplishments to read about Nobel Prize winners, and be sure and visit the RD Nuggets page for wide-ranging, interesting scientific insights and/or links to educational resources and materials.

  • Energy Department National Labs highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments

    Now you can read about the history and achievements of DOE’s National Laboratories and Other Major Laboratories and Facilities from one central Web portal. OSTI recently added this series of Web pages to the Nuggets area of its DOE RD Accomplishments site. Visit both the National Laboratory section and the Other Major Laboratory and Facilities section to find these valuable resources. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that are widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

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Posted August 7, 2007

  • Fusion Advocate Featured at OSTI

    A featured bibliography of Dr. Michael Roberts, a major player in the fusion community for over 40 years, is now available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Dr. Roberts was instrumental in ensuring President Reagan and President Gorbachev discussed the ITER burning plasma experiment during their 1985 Geneva Summit. According to a DOE Office of Science news release, “His vision and constant willingness to press ahead has culminated in the agreement to build ITER with seven international partners.” Roberts was honored by President Bush with the 2006 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Roberts was Director of the ITER and International Division in the Fusion Energy Sciences program of the DOE Office of Science.

  • Muon-Neutrino Research Turned into a Nobel-Prize Winning Accomplishment

    Jack Steinberger and Brookhaven National Laboratory colleagues won the 1988 Nobel Prize for the 1962 discovery of the Muon-Neutrino. The work showed that particles are associated in particular ways, and that there are different neutrino families. Steinberger’s work and documents are featured at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. DOE RD Accomplishments highlights outcomes of past research and development that has had significant economic impact, improved people’s lives, or been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. Links to additional Web sites and documents are available.

Posted July 24, 2007

  • OSTI Works to Increase Visibility of All DOE Scientific Research Data

    OSTI has added a new section to its Web site. This section highlights the DOE Data Centers, where much of the Energy Department’s non-text data resides. DOE generates scientific research data in many forms, both text and non-text.  While OSTI’s databases make the Department’s text-based information easily available (see the DOE Science Accelerator Advanced Search Page), researchers also want access to the original, underlying numeric data sets, scientific images, tables and graphs, or computer models and simulations. Information about OSTI’s data-focused forums and activities and links to publications on scientific data issues are also available.

Posted July 10, 2007

  • Life’s Little Extremists Highlighted at OSTI

    Electron micrograph and genetic map of Methanococcus jannaschiiIdentified as the third kingdom of living organisms, Archaea (from the Greek word for “ancient”), thrive where other life forms fail. These tiny microbes live in extreme environs like volcanic vents, acidic hot springs, and hypersaline waters. They can survive without sunlight while feeding on materials their fellow organisms cannot metabolize. In 1996, a study funded by the Office of Science’s Microbial Genome Initiative mapped the entire genome sequence of  Methanococcus jannaschii, a microbe from boiling vents deep in the Pacific Ocean, and confirmed its place in the “third branch of life” (see Verifying the “Third Branch of Life”). Archaea are highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments, a central Web forum for information about the outcomes of past Energy Department research. A list of related documents is available.

Released June 28, 2007

  • OSTI Pact with Internet Archive Ensures Uninterrupted Research Access

    One sure thing about the World Wide Web: Like the weather, it will change. Given this dynamic nature of the Web and the importance of preservation of scientific information in a digital environment, OSTI recently partnered with Internet Archive to ensure uninterrupted access to more than 1 million online research papers from the E-print Network.

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Posted June 28, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Opened

    DOE and the British Library, along with eight other participating countries, recently opened an online global gateway to science information from 15 national portals. The gateway, WorldWideScience.org, was developed and is maintained by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information. It gives citizens, researchers, and anyone interested in science the capability to search science portals not easily accessible through popular search technology such as that deployed by Google, Yahoo!, and many other commercial search engines.

    “Scientific research results are archived globally in a plethora of sources, many unknown and unreachable through usual search engines,” Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, DOE Under Secretary for Science, said. “This international partnership will open up this vast reservoir of knowledge in a rapid and convenient manner, something that will add great value to our existing knowledge.” Please see the DOE press release: Global Science Gateway Now Open and listen to the WorldWideScience.org podcast.

Posted June 19, 2007

  • Find Current DOE Research Projects at OSTI Web Site

    OSTI’s DOE RD Project Summaries searchable database now has over 35,000 files available for public access. The database provides access to summaries of ongoing or recently completed projects performed by DOE laboratories and research facilities. These projects pertain to a variety of research and development (RD) disciplines, such as science, fossil energy, environmental management, and energy efficiency and renewable energy. Developed by OSTI as a means for DOE to educate and inform the general public of its RD activities, the database includes projects the Department sponsored through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

Released June 5, 2007

  • OSTI Helps Citizens Find DOE Legacy Research

    A free online tool for search and retrieval of legacy research sponsored by and/or related to DOE has been enhanced. Now, citizens and researchers can retrieve science information from 1948 to the present using an “alerts” service, a “refine search” tool, new fielded search options, navigation enhancements, and featured highlights. Developed with the science-attentive citizen in mind, ECD (or Energy Citations Database) includes bibliographic citations of literature in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science, and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Posted June 5, 2007

  • DOE Gray Literature Now Registered with CrossRef

    Through a partnership with CrossRef , a robust citation linking service, OSTI has completed registration of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to more than 86,000 research reports from Information Bridge. (Please see CrossRef press release .) DOE is the first federal government agency to have its technical reports registered with CrossRef. A DOI provides a way to track, exchange, and manage content over time in the digital universe, regardless of changing information related to that content. This facilitates electronic access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking. Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of OSTI, commented, “Coupling the vast resources available on OSTI’s Information Bridge with the capabilities of CrossRef speeds access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking.”

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Posted May 15, 2007

  • “Adventurer Physicist” Highlighted at OSTI

    Considered an ‘adventurer physicist’ (see ScienceMatters@Berkeley ), Luis W. Alvarez searched for hidden chambers in an Egyptian pyramid, analyzed the film documenting John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and flew in the plane that trailed the aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Along the way, Alvarez developed the proton linear accelerator and won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to elementary particle physics. OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site showcases Alvarez documents and resources with additional information. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE research and development that have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

Posted May 2, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing, 1947–2007

    OSTI Sixty Years of Knowledge Sharing 1947-2007Throughout its 60-year history, OSTI has been committed to ensuring U.S. citizens have appropriate access to their government’s research results. In 1958, OSTI shipped 25 tons of materials to the Geneva Conference; in 2007, projections are for 80 million Web transactions through OSTI databases. Read about OSTI’s early days, download printable historical posters, and listen to the 60th Anniversary podcast at OSTI’s 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing Web site. While there, be sure and link to OSTI’s suite of Web products to search for and find scientific research results. To advance science, research must be shared. OSTI works to accelerate the sharing of knowledge to speed discovery.

  • Get Science—Access E-print Network for Current Research Documents, Researchers’ Web Sites, and Scientific Societies

    E-print Network

    Gain access to more than 1 million e-print science documents, over 25,000 Web sites, and links to more than 2,900 scientific societies at OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network. By linking to publicly accessible sites around the world, the E-print Network makes available a search of information in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Most documents included in the network are recent scientific papers. Scientific Web sites are organized by scientific disciplines and an Alert Service is available.

  • Science.gov Selected to Library Journal’s 2006 Best Web References List

    Science.gov 4.0According to Library Journal, Science.gov “is the place to go for science information and results of scientific research.” Each year Library Journal selects best Web references for its patrons: library directors, managers, and others in public, academic, and corporate/institutional libraries. Science.gov, a collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies, provides a search of deep Web databases and more than 50 million pages of scientific information. It serves as a gateway to more than 1,800 scientific Web sites. Science.gov is hosted by OSTI. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted April 18, 2007

Posted April 4, 2007

  • Called a “molecular machine,” ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, helps churn energy for all living creatures. In fact, a hard-working human can convert almost a ton of ATP daily. Research examining ATP synthase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing ATP, netted Paul D. Boyer a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. At OSTI’s Information Bridge, you can read related research on ATP, by either performing a search or by viewing the ATP featured documents list. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE’s mission.

  • Top Quark Research Featured at OSTI

    The top quark is unique among the six predicted quarks because of its large mass. That’s one reason scientists persist in their enthusiastic study of this fundamental particle of nature.

    “If we can measure its properties precisely, we’re likely to gain insight into completely new physics,” Fermilab theorist Tim Tait states in “Why We Care About the Top Quark:  CDF Explains”. This and other top quark articles, Web sites and research documents are featured at the OSTI Web resource DOE RD Accomplishments. What was the research environment one year prior to the remarkable discovery of the top quark? Find out in the 1994 DOE Report, “The Top Quark – Is it There?” Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the discovery of the top quark in 1995 and continue to carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from? DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

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Posted March 20, 2007

  • DOE Center Provides the Latest in Federal Science Software Packages

    You can search and order the latest in federal science software packages from the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC), hosted by OSTI. The ESTSC is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) centralized software management facility. The collection contains software developed by the national labs, other facilities and DOE contractors; as well as selected scientific and technical software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Software packages in the collection can be used for many different applications and are designed to run on personal computers, workstations, mainframes, and super computers. At the ESTSC Web site you can search the collection, get ordering information, view the most requested packages, see what’s new in software, and contact technical support. ESTSC will begin to process an order for scientific and technical software the day it is received if the payment and signed site license agreement forms are in order. Normally orders are processed within three to five days.

  • Visit ScienceLab and Get Quick Access to Educational Resources at DOE National Labs

    Where can you read about artic wolves, coral reefs, energy hog and secrets of the sea; as well as perform virtual frog dissections and take particle adventures? At ScienceLab, OSTI’s online source for science stuff. Get homework help, find fun experiments, discover science fair ideas and mine a wealth of classroom resources at this Web site designed to help students, teachers and parents find the science information they need. ScienceLab is sectioned by grade level, with an Elementary Lab, a Middle School Lab, and a High School Lab available. A Teachers’ Lab with lesson plans is offered. Find information on internships, science art and music, science careers and more. Links are provided to DOE National Laboratory educational resources.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Initiative with Google Cited

    OSTI is one of three federal government Web sites to make their content accessible for commercial search engines, according to a February 21, 2007 Government Executive article, “ Google moves ahead with plan to open up federal Web sites.” OSTI took the initiative to pioneer government information exposure to commercial search engines supporting the Sitemap Protocol, and since that time Google has used the OSTI example to demonstrate its Sitemap Protocol. OSTI submitted the Google sitemap for its home page in April 2006. In addition, Google founder Larry Page spoke to scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February, and stressed the importance of access to scientific information, saying, “We have to unlock the wealth of scientific knowledge and get it to everyone.” Currently, about half of OSTI’s Web traffic (close to 80-million information transactions per year) stems from referrals from Google, Yahoo! and MSN. OSTI currently supplies the highest volume of data of federal Web sites via this new Sitemap Protocol. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Participates in Workshop to Promote Multilateral Exchange of Energy Research Information

    Through its involvement with the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), OSTI participated in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 20–22 (view press release and presentations/outcomes ). The purpose of the workshop was to explore mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities between South Africa and the IEA’s energy technology network (including ETDE). ETDE was formed in 1987 under the IEA. Currently, more than 15 countries share their energy research and technology information through the Web version of ETDE’s Energy Database, ETDEWEB. The ETDE agreement is managed by OSTI in its role as Operating Agent. The information collection, which totals more than 3.8-million items, is made available to U.S. researchers by OSTI. OSTI is the U.S. member of ETDE.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • Listen to OSTI Podcasts, Recently Updated

    Tune in to news on OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network, and on OSTI’s Solar Energy feature at the DOE RD Accomplishments site. OSTI podcasts allow users to download OSTI news to a portable digital audio player, enabling you to listen to OSTI news whenever you like.

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Posted March 6, 2007

  • Paul Boyer, 1997 Nobel Prize Winner, Featured at OSTI

    He proposed a theory that was greeted with disbelief, and eventually he closed his lab thinking his career was over. Nine years later, in 1997, Paul Boyer held the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the process by which molecules produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Read more on Paul Boyer at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. In addition, view a sampling of Boyer’s documents and related research and access additional related Web sites about Boyer’s work. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Released February 16, 2007

  • Science.gov 4.0 Launched

    Science.gov launched Version 4.0 in San Francisco on Friday, February 16, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting . This latest version deploys DeepRank, which allows search and relevancy ranking across full text of documents when full text is available. In addition, Science.gov 4.0 adds a “refine results” option to narrow returns within a search, as well as an “e-mail results” feature so that individuals may e-mail important science information to themselves, friends and family, or colleagues. Version 4.0 offers more ways to view search results: by title, author or date, as well as by relevancy rank or source, as in earlier versions. OSTI hosts Science.gov, the interagency portal to federal scientific databases and Web sites. [
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Posted February 6, 2007

  • OSTI to Participate in Nano Workshop in Oak Ridge

    OSTI will participate in the Informatics Needs for Nanomaterials Workshop being held February 8-9, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The workshop is hosted by Informatics Research Library in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is the first of a series of workshops to address the informatics needs in nanotechnology. OSTI Director Walt Warnick will give a presentation, “Speeding Up Nano Progress Using Information Diffusion.” Participants include researchers from universities, federal facilities and industry, and leaders in the field of nanotechnology, including representatives of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, Virginia; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory for the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted January 23, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Agreement Signed in London

    A Statement of Intent (215-KB PDF) to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway was signed Sunday, January 21, by Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library .

    DOE Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach (right) and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, the British Library, signed a statement of intent to partner in the development of a global science gateway
    Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library sign a Statement of Intent to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway.

    The gateway would eventually make science information resources of many nations accessible via a single Internet portal. The signing ceremony was held at the British Library in London, England, in conjunction with the Winter Meeting of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) . Invitations to other nations to join the partnership were extended. OSTI is the Energy Department’s representative to ICSTI. OSTI will take the lead in developing a Science.world prototype by the end of 2007. The U.S. science gateway, Science.gov, is anticipated as the first U.S. contribution to Science.world. OSTI hosts and has operated Science.gov since its inception in 2002. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted January 23, 2007

Posted January 9, 2007

  • OSTI Sends Solar Energy Info to Public

    The sun’s heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed in many ways. You can read more and find a wide range of solar energy information through OSTI’s Solar Energy Web page. Sun From educational materials to radiation resource information, OSTI has pulled together one-stop access to Department of Energy solar energy resources, as well as a listing of featured documents on solar energy research. DOE has played a major role in solar energy research and development. As a result of solar RD, the “cost of solar energy has been reduced 100-fold over the past two decades” (from DOE’s Making Solar Energy More Affordable). OSTI’s Solar Energy page is part of OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. Technical reports on solar energy are available through OSTI’s Information Bridge. For additional featured solar information, visit OSTI’s RD Nuggets page.

Article source: http://www.osti.gov/news/index#1300813orcid

100th Celebration for DOE R&D Accomplishments Feature Pages

Posted December 18, 2007

Released December 5, 2007

  • Science.gov Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    The science gateway that makes science information more accessible and useful to researchers, teachers, and learners wherever they are located commemorated its 5th Anniversary today (see press release).

Posted December 4, 2007

  • One step closer to vaccine for Lyme disease

    Brookhaven biologist John DunnScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Stony Brook University have received a patent for developing chimeric, or “combination,” proteins that may advance the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S., and is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. “This [research] could lead to a vaccine that is effective at different stages of the organism’s life cycle,” said Brookhaven biologist John Dunn, a researcher on the BNL Lyme disease team. Read about this and other patents supported through DOE at DOepatents, a central collection of the Department’s patent information from the 1940s to today.

Posted November 20, 2007

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  • Meet ‘Otisco’ – a Shrub Bred for Speed

    Meet Otisco, a fast-growing shrub willow that is resistant to disease and pests, hardy on a variety of sites, and can be harvested at a rapid rate for high yields of biomass – perfect for a sustainable, renewable source of energy. This novel hybridization of Salix viminalis with Salix miyabeana [319-KB PDF] was patented in September, and is on the recent inventions list at the DOepatents Database. DOepatents, developed and maintained by OSTI, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s central collection of searchable patent information. The database makes available more than 20,000 historic and current patent records.

  • Wolfgang Panofsky Dead at 88, Bibliography Featured at Energy Citations Database

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky , a renowned particle physics researcher, accelerator builder, outspoken arms control advocate, and administrator of basic research, died September 25, 2007. Dr. Panofsky was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1969 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enrico Fermi Award in 1979. A featured bibliography of Dr. Panofsky is available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Energy Citations Database provides free access to over two million science research citations from 1948 through the present.

  • Seaborg Award Winner’s Documents Featured

    Saed Mirzadeh

    Saed Mirzadeh, whose work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led to development of new treatments for cancer and other diseases, is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society’s 2007 Seaborg Medal Award . A selection of Dr. Mirzadeh’s documents are featured at OSTI’s Information Bridge. Information Bridge provides free access to full-text documents and citations of DOE’s research report literature.

     

     

     

     

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Posted September 25, 2007

  • OSTI 60th Anniversary Commemorated

    Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science

    On September 18, 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) commemorated its 60-year contribution to accelerating scientific discovery through the preservation and sharing of DOE RD results. Historical exhibits and a program for retirees, former and current employees, and business and community leaders were held at the OSTI facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science; Dr. Eugene Garfield , Chairman Emeritus of Thomson Scientific; and Dr. Walter Warnick, OSTI Director, were speakers. U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp delivered pre-recorded video comments. During the event, the launch of DOePatents, a new Web site developed by OSTI, was announced. That evening OSTI co-hosted with Friends of Oak Ridge National Library a free community lecture by Dr. Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, at the American Museum of Science and Energy . As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the museum.

  • OSTI Develops New Online Search Tool for Patents

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new Web site, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.“From helping the blind to see again to identifying hidden weapons through holographic computerized imaging technology, DOE has supported and will continue to support research addressing some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges,” Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach said. “Content within DOepatents represents a truly impressive demonstration of DOE research and development and technological innovation.” The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present.

  • OSTI Showcases DOE Research Taking Aim at Cancer

    DOE research has made many contributions over the years to radiation and cancer therapy, including PEREGRINE and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). OSTI’s DOE Accomplishments Web site recently featured these revolutionary tools. Also included at the site are more resources and additional information on this topic. DOE Accomplishments is a central forum for information about remarkable advances in science through past DOE RD.

Released September 18, 2007

  • DOE Launches New Online Search Tool for Patents, 1940s to Present

    DOE today announced the launch of a website, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.  The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present (see press release).

Posted September 11, 2007

  • OSTI Joins Places Spaces Exhibit at American Museum of Science and Energy

    Researchers in Select Topics of Astrophysics

    As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the American Museum of Science and Energy . OSTI’s Identifying a Dream Research Team: An Astrophysical Example will be on display from Sept. 7 to January 7. The illustrations in OSTI’s display are based on a key DOE database, Information Bridge. Information Bridge is a DOE Science Accelerator resource.

  • Eugene Garfield to Lecture at OSTI and American Museum of Science and Energy

    The public is invited to share in OSTI’s 60th Anniversary celebration at a free community lecture and reception held at 7 pm at the American Museum of Science and Energy . Dr. Eugene Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, will present “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – tracing the impacts of information retrieval systems on science policy.” Garfield is founding publisher/editor of The Scientist, author of over 1,000 articles and books, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

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Released August 27, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing

    It was just over 60 years ago that General Leslie Groves, commanding the Manhattan Engineer District in Oak Ridge, TN, mandated that all classified and unclassified information related to the Atomic Bomb be brought together into one central file. Thus, in 1947, the precursor to the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was born. On Sept. 18, OSTI, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, will commemorate its 60th Anniversary (see press release).

Posted August 21, 2007

  • Science Accelerator Searches Key Energy Department Databases

    Science Accelerator

    The DOE Science Accelerator provides one-stop searching of key Energy Department and federal scientific databases developed and maintained by the OSTI. Users can search and retrieve current research results and ongoing project descriptions, as well as legacy research findings and accomplishments. Included are full-text technical reports, energy-related citations, conference papers and proceedings and scientific e-prints (see resource descriptions). The DOE Science Accelerator demonstrates capabilities that will eventually yield the technology to search at least 1,000 scientific databases in parallel. DOE will continue to develop this resource as other science and technology resources are added.

  • WorldWideScience.org Extends Global Reach to Africa

    WorldWideScience.org

    WorldWideScience.org now provides access to scientific knowledge from all six inhabited continents. The most recent addition is the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research . OSTI manages and hosts WorldWideScience.org, a global science gateway using federated search for one-stop access to international science sources. The newest addition, CSIR, is an institutional repository containing articles, reports, and papers authored by CSIR researchers. CSIR contacted OSTI, seeking to have its collection made searchable by WorldWideScience.org. Just prior to the overture from South Africa, OSTI was contacted by the National Library of New Zealand, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 , seeking to have its nearly century-old collection of scientific literature added to WorldWideScience.org. This source has now been added as well. Brian Hitson, associate director of OSTI, said: “Clearly, the accelerated knowledge diffusion benefits of WorldWideScience.org are resonating across the globe, as more and more source managers express a desire to be searched by this gateway. The benefits are mutual: Each source enjoys more usage and visibility, and the users of WorldWideScience.org gain access to a multitude of sources not accessible through any other single search engine.”

  • DOE RD Accomplishments Database Enhanced

    DOE RD Accomplishments

    OSTI recently enhanced the DOE RD Accomplishments database search and retrieval features. Users now have the benefit of sorting results, limiting their search to just full text and honing their search terms for a targeted search. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. An RD accomplishment is the outcome of past research whose benefits are being realized now. Visit DOE RD Accomplishments to read about Nobel Prize winners, and be sure and visit the RD Nuggets page for wide-ranging, interesting scientific insights and/or links to educational resources and materials.

  • Energy Department National Labs highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments

    Now you can read about the history and achievements of DOE’s National Laboratories and Other Major Laboratories and Facilities from one central Web portal. OSTI recently added this series of Web pages to the Nuggets area of its DOE RD Accomplishments site. Visit both the National Laboratory section and the Other Major Laboratory and Facilities section to find these valuable resources. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that are widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

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Posted August 7, 2007

  • Fusion Advocate Featured at OSTI

    A featured bibliography of Dr. Michael Roberts, a major player in the fusion community for over 40 years, is now available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Dr. Roberts was instrumental in ensuring President Reagan and President Gorbachev discussed the ITER burning plasma experiment during their 1985 Geneva Summit. According to a DOE Office of Science news release, “His vision and constant willingness to press ahead has culminated in the agreement to build ITER with seven international partners.” Roberts was honored by President Bush with the 2006 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Roberts was Director of the ITER and International Division in the Fusion Energy Sciences program of the DOE Office of Science.

  • Muon-Neutrino Research Turned into a Nobel-Prize Winning Accomplishment

    Jack Steinberger and Brookhaven National Laboratory colleagues won the 1988 Nobel Prize for the 1962 discovery of the Muon-Neutrino. The work showed that particles are associated in particular ways, and that there are different neutrino families. Steinberger’s work and documents are featured at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. DOE RD Accomplishments highlights outcomes of past research and development that has had significant economic impact, improved people’s lives, or been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. Links to additional Web sites and documents are available.

Posted July 24, 2007

  • OSTI Works to Increase Visibility of All DOE Scientific Research Data

    OSTI has added a new section to its Web site. This section highlights the DOE Data Centers, where much of the Energy Department’s non-text data resides. DOE generates scientific research data in many forms, both text and non-text.  While OSTI’s databases make the Department’s text-based information easily available (see the DOE Science Accelerator Advanced Search Page), researchers also want access to the original, underlying numeric data sets, scientific images, tables and graphs, or computer models and simulations. Information about OSTI’s data-focused forums and activities and links to publications on scientific data issues are also available.

Posted July 10, 2007

  • Life’s Little Extremists Highlighted at OSTI

    Electron micrograph and genetic map of Methanococcus jannaschiiIdentified as the third kingdom of living organisms, Archaea (from the Greek word for “ancient”), thrive where other life forms fail. These tiny microbes live in extreme environs like volcanic vents, acidic hot springs, and hypersaline waters. They can survive without sunlight while feeding on materials their fellow organisms cannot metabolize. In 1996, a study funded by the Office of Science’s Microbial Genome Initiative mapped the entire genome sequence of  Methanococcus jannaschii, a microbe from boiling vents deep in the Pacific Ocean, and confirmed its place in the “third branch of life” (see Verifying the “Third Branch of Life”). Archaea are highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments, a central Web forum for information about the outcomes of past Energy Department research. A list of related documents is available.

Released June 28, 2007

  • OSTI Pact with Internet Archive Ensures Uninterrupted Research Access

    One sure thing about the World Wide Web: Like the weather, it will change. Given this dynamic nature of the Web and the importance of preservation of scientific information in a digital environment, OSTI recently partnered with Internet Archive to ensure uninterrupted access to more than 1 million online research papers from the E-print Network.

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Posted June 28, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Opened

    DOE and the British Library, along with eight other participating countries, recently opened an online global gateway to science information from 15 national portals. The gateway, WorldWideScience.org, was developed and is maintained by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information. It gives citizens, researchers, and anyone interested in science the capability to search science portals not easily accessible through popular search technology such as that deployed by Google, Yahoo!, and many other commercial search engines.

    “Scientific research results are archived globally in a plethora of sources, many unknown and unreachable through usual search engines,” Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, DOE Under Secretary for Science, said. “This international partnership will open up this vast reservoir of knowledge in a rapid and convenient manner, something that will add great value to our existing knowledge.” Please see the DOE press release: Global Science Gateway Now Open and listen to the WorldWideScience.org podcast.

Posted June 19, 2007

  • Find Current DOE Research Projects at OSTI Web Site

    OSTI’s DOE RD Project Summaries searchable database now has over 35,000 files available for public access. The database provides access to summaries of ongoing or recently completed projects performed by DOE laboratories and research facilities. These projects pertain to a variety of research and development (RD) disciplines, such as science, fossil energy, environmental management, and energy efficiency and renewable energy. Developed by OSTI as a means for DOE to educate and inform the general public of its RD activities, the database includes projects the Department sponsored through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

Released June 5, 2007

  • OSTI Helps Citizens Find DOE Legacy Research

    A free online tool for search and retrieval of legacy research sponsored by and/or related to DOE has been enhanced. Now, citizens and researchers can retrieve science information from 1948 to the present using an “alerts” service, a “refine search” tool, new fielded search options, navigation enhancements, and featured highlights. Developed with the science-attentive citizen in mind, ECD (or Energy Citations Database) includes bibliographic citations of literature in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science, and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Posted June 5, 2007

  • DOE Gray Literature Now Registered with CrossRef

    Through a partnership with CrossRef , a robust citation linking service, OSTI has completed registration of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to more than 86,000 research reports from Information Bridge. (Please see CrossRef press release .) DOE is the first federal government agency to have its technical reports registered with CrossRef. A DOI provides a way to track, exchange, and manage content over time in the digital universe, regardless of changing information related to that content. This facilitates electronic access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking. Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of OSTI, commented, “Coupling the vast resources available on OSTI’s Information Bridge with the capabilities of CrossRef speeds access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking.”

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Posted May 15, 2007

  • “Adventurer Physicist” Highlighted at OSTI

    Considered an ‘adventurer physicist’ (see ScienceMatters@Berkeley ), Luis W. Alvarez searched for hidden chambers in an Egyptian pyramid, analyzed the film documenting John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and flew in the plane that trailed the aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Along the way, Alvarez developed the proton linear accelerator and won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to elementary particle physics. OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site showcases Alvarez documents and resources with additional information. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE research and development that have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

Posted May 2, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing, 1947–2007

    OSTI Sixty Years of Knowledge Sharing 1947-2007Throughout its 60-year history, OSTI has been committed to ensuring U.S. citizens have appropriate access to their government’s research results. In 1958, OSTI shipped 25 tons of materials to the Geneva Conference; in 2007, projections are for 80 million Web transactions through OSTI databases. Read about OSTI’s early days, download printable historical posters, and listen to the 60th Anniversary podcast at OSTI’s 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing Web site. While there, be sure and link to OSTI’s suite of Web products to search for and find scientific research results. To advance science, research must be shared. OSTI works to accelerate the sharing of knowledge to speed discovery.

  • Get Science—Access E-print Network for Current Research Documents, Researchers’ Web Sites, and Scientific Societies

    E-print Network

    Gain access to more than 1 million e-print science documents, over 25,000 Web sites, and links to more than 2,900 scientific societies at OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network. By linking to publicly accessible sites around the world, the E-print Network makes available a search of information in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Most documents included in the network are recent scientific papers. Scientific Web sites are organized by scientific disciplines and an Alert Service is available.

  • Science.gov Selected to Library Journal’s 2006 Best Web References List

    Science.gov 4.0According to Library Journal, Science.gov “is the place to go for science information and results of scientific research.” Each year Library Journal selects best Web references for its patrons: library directors, managers, and others in public, academic, and corporate/institutional libraries. Science.gov, a collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies, provides a search of deep Web databases and more than 50 million pages of scientific information. It serves as a gateway to more than 1,800 scientific Web sites. Science.gov is hosted by OSTI. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted April 18, 2007

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  • Called a “molecular machine,” ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, helps churn energy for all living creatures. In fact, a hard-working human can convert almost a ton of ATP daily. Research examining ATP synthase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing ATP, netted Paul D. Boyer a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. At OSTI’s Information Bridge, you can read related research on ATP, by either performing a search or by viewing the ATP featured documents list. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE’s mission.

  • Top Quark Research Featured at OSTI

    The top quark is unique among the six predicted quarks because of its large mass. That’s one reason scientists persist in their enthusiastic study of this fundamental particle of nature.

    “If we can measure its properties precisely, we’re likely to gain insight into completely new physics,” Fermilab theorist Tim Tait states in “Why We Care About the Top Quark:  CDF Explains”. This and other top quark articles, Web sites and research documents are featured at the OSTI Web resource DOE RD Accomplishments. What was the research environment one year prior to the remarkable discovery of the top quark? Find out in the 1994 DOE Report, “The Top Quark – Is it There?” Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the discovery of the top quark in 1995 and continue to carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from? DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

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Posted March 20, 2007

  • DOE Center Provides the Latest in Federal Science Software Packages

    You can search and order the latest in federal science software packages from the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC), hosted by OSTI. The ESTSC is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) centralized software management facility. The collection contains software developed by the national labs, other facilities and DOE contractors; as well as selected scientific and technical software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Software packages in the collection can be used for many different applications and are designed to run on personal computers, workstations, mainframes, and super computers. At the ESTSC Web site you can search the collection, get ordering information, view the most requested packages, see what’s new in software, and contact technical support. ESTSC will begin to process an order for scientific and technical software the day it is received if the payment and signed site license agreement forms are in order. Normally orders are processed within three to five days.

  • Visit ScienceLab and Get Quick Access to Educational Resources at DOE National Labs

    Where can you read about artic wolves, coral reefs, energy hog and secrets of the sea; as well as perform virtual frog dissections and take particle adventures? At ScienceLab, OSTI’s online source for science stuff. Get homework help, find fun experiments, discover science fair ideas and mine a wealth of classroom resources at this Web site designed to help students, teachers and parents find the science information they need. ScienceLab is sectioned by grade level, with an Elementary Lab, a Middle School Lab, and a High School Lab available. A Teachers’ Lab with lesson plans is offered. Find information on internships, science art and music, science careers and more. Links are provided to DOE National Laboratory educational resources.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Initiative with Google Cited

    OSTI is one of three federal government Web sites to make their content accessible for commercial search engines, according to a February 21, 2007 Government Executive article, “ Google moves ahead with plan to open up federal Web sites.” OSTI took the initiative to pioneer government information exposure to commercial search engines supporting the Sitemap Protocol, and since that time Google has used the OSTI example to demonstrate its Sitemap Protocol. OSTI submitted the Google sitemap for its home page in April 2006. In addition, Google founder Larry Page spoke to scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February, and stressed the importance of access to scientific information, saying, “We have to unlock the wealth of scientific knowledge and get it to everyone.” Currently, about half of OSTI’s Web traffic (close to 80-million information transactions per year) stems from referrals from Google, Yahoo! and MSN. OSTI currently supplies the highest volume of data of federal Web sites via this new Sitemap Protocol. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Participates in Workshop to Promote Multilateral Exchange of Energy Research Information

    Through its involvement with the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), OSTI participated in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 20–22 (view press release and presentations/outcomes ). The purpose of the workshop was to explore mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities between South Africa and the IEA’s energy technology network (including ETDE). ETDE was formed in 1987 under the IEA. Currently, more than 15 countries share their energy research and technology information through the Web version of ETDE’s Energy Database, ETDEWEB. The ETDE agreement is managed by OSTI in its role as Operating Agent. The information collection, which totals more than 3.8-million items, is made available to U.S. researchers by OSTI. OSTI is the U.S. member of ETDE.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • Listen to OSTI Podcasts, Recently Updated

    Tune in to news on OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network, and on OSTI’s Solar Energy feature at the DOE RD Accomplishments site. OSTI podcasts allow users to download OSTI news to a portable digital audio player, enabling you to listen to OSTI news whenever you like.

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Posted March 6, 2007

  • Paul Boyer, 1997 Nobel Prize Winner, Featured at OSTI

    He proposed a theory that was greeted with disbelief, and eventually he closed his lab thinking his career was over. Nine years later, in 1997, Paul Boyer held the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the process by which molecules produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Read more on Paul Boyer at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. In addition, view a sampling of Boyer’s documents and related research and access additional related Web sites about Boyer’s work. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Released February 16, 2007

  • Science.gov 4.0 Launched

    Science.gov launched Version 4.0 in San Francisco on Friday, February 16, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting . This latest version deploys DeepRank, which allows search and relevancy ranking across full text of documents when full text is available. In addition, Science.gov 4.0 adds a “refine results” option to narrow returns within a search, as well as an “e-mail results” feature so that individuals may e-mail important science information to themselves, friends and family, or colleagues. Version 4.0 offers more ways to view search results: by title, author or date, as well as by relevancy rank or source, as in earlier versions. OSTI hosts Science.gov, the interagency portal to federal scientific databases and Web sites. [
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Posted February 6, 2007

  • OSTI to Participate in Nano Workshop in Oak Ridge

    OSTI will participate in the Informatics Needs for Nanomaterials Workshop being held February 8-9, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The workshop is hosted by Informatics Research Library in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is the first of a series of workshops to address the informatics needs in nanotechnology. OSTI Director Walt Warnick will give a presentation, “Speeding Up Nano Progress Using Information Diffusion.” Participants include researchers from universities, federal facilities and industry, and leaders in the field of nanotechnology, including representatives of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, Virginia; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory for the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted January 23, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Agreement Signed in London

    A Statement of Intent (215-KB PDF) to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway was signed Sunday, January 21, by Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library .

    DOE Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach (right) and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, the British Library, signed a statement of intent to partner in the development of a global science gateway
    Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library sign a Statement of Intent to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway.

    The gateway would eventually make science information resources of many nations accessible via a single Internet portal. The signing ceremony was held at the British Library in London, England, in conjunction with the Winter Meeting of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) . Invitations to other nations to join the partnership were extended. OSTI is the Energy Department’s representative to ICSTI. OSTI will take the lead in developing a Science.world prototype by the end of 2007. The U.S. science gateway, Science.gov, is anticipated as the first U.S. contribution to Science.world. OSTI hosts and has operated Science.gov since its inception in 2002. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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  • OSTI Sends Solar Energy Info to Public

    The sun’s heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed in many ways. You can read more and find a wide range of solar energy information through OSTI’s Solar Energy Web page. Sun From educational materials to radiation resource information, OSTI has pulled together one-stop access to Department of Energy solar energy resources, as well as a listing of featured documents on solar energy research. DOE has played a major role in solar energy research and development. As a result of solar RD, the “cost of solar energy has been reduced 100-fold over the past two decades” (from DOE’s Making Solar Energy More Affordable). OSTI’s Solar Energy page is part of OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. Technical reports on solar energy are available through OSTI’s Information Bridge. For additional featured solar information, visit OSTI’s RD Nuggets page.

Article source: http://www.osti.gov/news/index#130709Accomp100

DOE Data Explorer retooled with new website design, more content and search functionality

Posted December 18, 2007

Released December 5, 2007

  • Science.gov Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    The science gateway that makes science information more accessible and useful to researchers, teachers, and learners wherever they are located commemorated its 5th Anniversary today (see press release).

Posted December 4, 2007

  • One step closer to vaccine for Lyme disease

    Brookhaven biologist John DunnScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Stony Brook University have received a patent for developing chimeric, or “combination,” proteins that may advance the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S., and is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. “This [research] could lead to a vaccine that is effective at different stages of the organism’s life cycle,” said Brookhaven biologist John Dunn, a researcher on the BNL Lyme disease team. Read about this and other patents supported through DOE at DOepatents, a central collection of the Department’s patent information from the 1940s to today.

Posted November 20, 2007

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Posted October 9, 2007

  • Meet ‘Otisco’ – a Shrub Bred for Speed

    Meet Otisco, a fast-growing shrub willow that is resistant to disease and pests, hardy on a variety of sites, and can be harvested at a rapid rate for high yields of biomass – perfect for a sustainable, renewable source of energy. This novel hybridization of Salix viminalis with Salix miyabeana [319-KB PDF] was patented in September, and is on the recent inventions list at the DOepatents Database. DOepatents, developed and maintained by OSTI, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s central collection of searchable patent information. The database makes available more than 20,000 historic and current patent records.

  • Wolfgang Panofsky Dead at 88, Bibliography Featured at Energy Citations Database

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky , a renowned particle physics researcher, accelerator builder, outspoken arms control advocate, and administrator of basic research, died September 25, 2007. Dr. Panofsky was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1969 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enrico Fermi Award in 1979. A featured bibliography of Dr. Panofsky is available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Energy Citations Database provides free access to over two million science research citations from 1948 through the present.

  • Seaborg Award Winner’s Documents Featured

    Saed Mirzadeh

    Saed Mirzadeh, whose work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led to development of new treatments for cancer and other diseases, is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society’s 2007 Seaborg Medal Award . A selection of Dr. Mirzadeh’s documents are featured at OSTI’s Information Bridge. Information Bridge provides free access to full-text documents and citations of DOE’s research report literature.

     

     

     

     

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Posted September 25, 2007

  • OSTI 60th Anniversary Commemorated

    Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science

    On September 18, 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) commemorated its 60-year contribution to accelerating scientific discovery through the preservation and sharing of DOE RD results. Historical exhibits and a program for retirees, former and current employees, and business and community leaders were held at the OSTI facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science; Dr. Eugene Garfield , Chairman Emeritus of Thomson Scientific; and Dr. Walter Warnick, OSTI Director, were speakers. U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp delivered pre-recorded video comments. During the event, the launch of DOePatents, a new Web site developed by OSTI, was announced. That evening OSTI co-hosted with Friends of Oak Ridge National Library a free community lecture by Dr. Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, at the American Museum of Science and Energy . As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the museum.

  • OSTI Develops New Online Search Tool for Patents

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new Web site, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.“From helping the blind to see again to identifying hidden weapons through holographic computerized imaging technology, DOE has supported and will continue to support research addressing some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges,” Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach said. “Content within DOepatents represents a truly impressive demonstration of DOE research and development and technological innovation.” The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present.

  • OSTI Showcases DOE Research Taking Aim at Cancer

    DOE research has made many contributions over the years to radiation and cancer therapy, including PEREGRINE and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). OSTI’s DOE Accomplishments Web site recently featured these revolutionary tools. Also included at the site are more resources and additional information on this topic. DOE Accomplishments is a central forum for information about remarkable advances in science through past DOE RD.

Released September 18, 2007

  • DOE Launches New Online Search Tool for Patents, 1940s to Present

    DOE today announced the launch of a website, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.  The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present (see press release).

Posted September 11, 2007

  • OSTI Joins Places Spaces Exhibit at American Museum of Science and Energy

    Researchers in Select Topics of Astrophysics

    As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the American Museum of Science and Energy . OSTI’s Identifying a Dream Research Team: An Astrophysical Example will be on display from Sept. 7 to January 7. The illustrations in OSTI’s display are based on a key DOE database, Information Bridge. Information Bridge is a DOE Science Accelerator resource.

  • Eugene Garfield to Lecture at OSTI and American Museum of Science and Energy

    The public is invited to share in OSTI’s 60th Anniversary celebration at a free community lecture and reception held at 7 pm at the American Museum of Science and Energy . Dr. Eugene Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, will present “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – tracing the impacts of information retrieval systems on science policy.” Garfield is founding publisher/editor of The Scientist, author of over 1,000 articles and books, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

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Released August 27, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing

    It was just over 60 years ago that General Leslie Groves, commanding the Manhattan Engineer District in Oak Ridge, TN, mandated that all classified and unclassified information related to the Atomic Bomb be brought together into one central file. Thus, in 1947, the precursor to the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was born. On Sept. 18, OSTI, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, will commemorate its 60th Anniversary (see press release).

Posted August 21, 2007

  • Science Accelerator Searches Key Energy Department Databases

    Science Accelerator

    The DOE Science Accelerator provides one-stop searching of key Energy Department and federal scientific databases developed and maintained by the OSTI. Users can search and retrieve current research results and ongoing project descriptions, as well as legacy research findings and accomplishments. Included are full-text technical reports, energy-related citations, conference papers and proceedings and scientific e-prints (see resource descriptions). The DOE Science Accelerator demonstrates capabilities that will eventually yield the technology to search at least 1,000 scientific databases in parallel. DOE will continue to develop this resource as other science and technology resources are added.

  • WorldWideScience.org Extends Global Reach to Africa

    WorldWideScience.org

    WorldWideScience.org now provides access to scientific knowledge from all six inhabited continents. The most recent addition is the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research . OSTI manages and hosts WorldWideScience.org, a global science gateway using federated search for one-stop access to international science sources. The newest addition, CSIR, is an institutional repository containing articles, reports, and papers authored by CSIR researchers. CSIR contacted OSTI, seeking to have its collection made searchable by WorldWideScience.org. Just prior to the overture from South Africa, OSTI was contacted by the National Library of New Zealand, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 , seeking to have its nearly century-old collection of scientific literature added to WorldWideScience.org. This source has now been added as well. Brian Hitson, associate director of OSTI, said: “Clearly, the accelerated knowledge diffusion benefits of WorldWideScience.org are resonating across the globe, as more and more source managers express a desire to be searched by this gateway. The benefits are mutual: Each source enjoys more usage and visibility, and the users of WorldWideScience.org gain access to a multitude of sources not accessible through any other single search engine.”

  • DOE RD Accomplishments Database Enhanced

    DOE RD Accomplishments

    OSTI recently enhanced the DOE RD Accomplishments database search and retrieval features. Users now have the benefit of sorting results, limiting their search to just full text and honing their search terms for a targeted search. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. An RD accomplishment is the outcome of past research whose benefits are being realized now. Visit DOE RD Accomplishments to read about Nobel Prize winners, and be sure and visit the RD Nuggets page for wide-ranging, interesting scientific insights and/or links to educational resources and materials.

  • Energy Department National Labs highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments

    Now you can read about the history and achievements of DOE’s National Laboratories and Other Major Laboratories and Facilities from one central Web portal. OSTI recently added this series of Web pages to the Nuggets area of its DOE RD Accomplishments site. Visit both the National Laboratory section and the Other Major Laboratory and Facilities section to find these valuable resources. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that are widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

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Posted August 7, 2007

  • Fusion Advocate Featured at OSTI

    A featured bibliography of Dr. Michael Roberts, a major player in the fusion community for over 40 years, is now available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Dr. Roberts was instrumental in ensuring President Reagan and President Gorbachev discussed the ITER burning plasma experiment during their 1985 Geneva Summit. According to a DOE Office of Science news release, “His vision and constant willingness to press ahead has culminated in the agreement to build ITER with seven international partners.” Roberts was honored by President Bush with the 2006 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Roberts was Director of the ITER and International Division in the Fusion Energy Sciences program of the DOE Office of Science.

  • Muon-Neutrino Research Turned into a Nobel-Prize Winning Accomplishment

    Jack Steinberger and Brookhaven National Laboratory colleagues won the 1988 Nobel Prize for the 1962 discovery of the Muon-Neutrino. The work showed that particles are associated in particular ways, and that there are different neutrino families. Steinberger’s work and documents are featured at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. DOE RD Accomplishments highlights outcomes of past research and development that has had significant economic impact, improved people’s lives, or been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. Links to additional Web sites and documents are available.

Posted July 24, 2007

  • OSTI Works to Increase Visibility of All DOE Scientific Research Data

    OSTI has added a new section to its Web site. This section highlights the DOE Data Centers, where much of the Energy Department’s non-text data resides. DOE generates scientific research data in many forms, both text and non-text.  While OSTI’s databases make the Department’s text-based information easily available (see the DOE Science Accelerator Advanced Search Page), researchers also want access to the original, underlying numeric data sets, scientific images, tables and graphs, or computer models and simulations. Information about OSTI’s data-focused forums and activities and links to publications on scientific data issues are also available.

Posted July 10, 2007

  • Life’s Little Extremists Highlighted at OSTI

    Electron micrograph and genetic map of Methanococcus jannaschiiIdentified as the third kingdom of living organisms, Archaea (from the Greek word for “ancient”), thrive where other life forms fail. These tiny microbes live in extreme environs like volcanic vents, acidic hot springs, and hypersaline waters. They can survive without sunlight while feeding on materials their fellow organisms cannot metabolize. In 1996, a study funded by the Office of Science’s Microbial Genome Initiative mapped the entire genome sequence of  Methanococcus jannaschii, a microbe from boiling vents deep in the Pacific Ocean, and confirmed its place in the “third branch of life” (see Verifying the “Third Branch of Life”). Archaea are highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments, a central Web forum for information about the outcomes of past Energy Department research. A list of related documents is available.

Released June 28, 2007

  • OSTI Pact with Internet Archive Ensures Uninterrupted Research Access

    One sure thing about the World Wide Web: Like the weather, it will change. Given this dynamic nature of the Web and the importance of preservation of scientific information in a digital environment, OSTI recently partnered with Internet Archive to ensure uninterrupted access to more than 1 million online research papers from the E-print Network.

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Posted June 28, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Opened

    DOE and the British Library, along with eight other participating countries, recently opened an online global gateway to science information from 15 national portals. The gateway, WorldWideScience.org, was developed and is maintained by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information. It gives citizens, researchers, and anyone interested in science the capability to search science portals not easily accessible through popular search technology such as that deployed by Google, Yahoo!, and many other commercial search engines.

    “Scientific research results are archived globally in a plethora of sources, many unknown and unreachable through usual search engines,” Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, DOE Under Secretary for Science, said. “This international partnership will open up this vast reservoir of knowledge in a rapid and convenient manner, something that will add great value to our existing knowledge.” Please see the DOE press release: Global Science Gateway Now Open and listen to the WorldWideScience.org podcast.

Posted June 19, 2007

  • Find Current DOE Research Projects at OSTI Web Site

    OSTI’s DOE RD Project Summaries searchable database now has over 35,000 files available for public access. The database provides access to summaries of ongoing or recently completed projects performed by DOE laboratories and research facilities. These projects pertain to a variety of research and development (RD) disciplines, such as science, fossil energy, environmental management, and energy efficiency and renewable energy. Developed by OSTI as a means for DOE to educate and inform the general public of its RD activities, the database includes projects the Department sponsored through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

Released June 5, 2007

  • OSTI Helps Citizens Find DOE Legacy Research

    A free online tool for search and retrieval of legacy research sponsored by and/or related to DOE has been enhanced. Now, citizens and researchers can retrieve science information from 1948 to the present using an “alerts” service, a “refine search” tool, new fielded search options, navigation enhancements, and featured highlights. Developed with the science-attentive citizen in mind, ECD (or Energy Citations Database) includes bibliographic citations of literature in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science, and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Posted June 5, 2007

  • DOE Gray Literature Now Registered with CrossRef

    Through a partnership with CrossRef , a robust citation linking service, OSTI has completed registration of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to more than 86,000 research reports from Information Bridge. (Please see CrossRef press release .) DOE is the first federal government agency to have its technical reports registered with CrossRef. A DOI provides a way to track, exchange, and manage content over time in the digital universe, regardless of changing information related to that content. This facilitates electronic access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking. Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of OSTI, commented, “Coupling the vast resources available on OSTI’s Information Bridge with the capabilities of CrossRef speeds access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking.”

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Posted May 15, 2007

  • “Adventurer Physicist” Highlighted at OSTI

    Considered an ‘adventurer physicist’ (see ScienceMatters@Berkeley ), Luis W. Alvarez searched for hidden chambers in an Egyptian pyramid, analyzed the film documenting John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and flew in the plane that trailed the aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Along the way, Alvarez developed the proton linear accelerator and won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to elementary particle physics. OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site showcases Alvarez documents and resources with additional information. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE research and development that have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

Posted May 2, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing, 1947–2007

    OSTI Sixty Years of Knowledge Sharing 1947-2007Throughout its 60-year history, OSTI has been committed to ensuring U.S. citizens have appropriate access to their government’s research results. In 1958, OSTI shipped 25 tons of materials to the Geneva Conference; in 2007, projections are for 80 million Web transactions through OSTI databases. Read about OSTI’s early days, download printable historical posters, and listen to the 60th Anniversary podcast at OSTI’s 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing Web site. While there, be sure and link to OSTI’s suite of Web products to search for and find scientific research results. To advance science, research must be shared. OSTI works to accelerate the sharing of knowledge to speed discovery.

  • Get Science—Access E-print Network for Current Research Documents, Researchers’ Web Sites, and Scientific Societies

    E-print Network

    Gain access to more than 1 million e-print science documents, over 25,000 Web sites, and links to more than 2,900 scientific societies at OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network. By linking to publicly accessible sites around the world, the E-print Network makes available a search of information in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Most documents included in the network are recent scientific papers. Scientific Web sites are organized by scientific disciplines and an Alert Service is available.

  • Science.gov Selected to Library Journal’s 2006 Best Web References List

    Science.gov 4.0According to Library Journal, Science.gov “is the place to go for science information and results of scientific research.” Each year Library Journal selects best Web references for its patrons: library directors, managers, and others in public, academic, and corporate/institutional libraries. Science.gov, a collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies, provides a search of deep Web databases and more than 50 million pages of scientific information. It serves as a gateway to more than 1,800 scientific Web sites. Science.gov is hosted by OSTI. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted April 18, 2007

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  • Called a “molecular machine,” ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, helps churn energy for all living creatures. In fact, a hard-working human can convert almost a ton of ATP daily. Research examining ATP synthase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing ATP, netted Paul D. Boyer a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. At OSTI’s Information Bridge, you can read related research on ATP, by either performing a search or by viewing the ATP featured documents list. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE’s mission.

  • Top Quark Research Featured at OSTI

    The top quark is unique among the six predicted quarks because of its large mass. That’s one reason scientists persist in their enthusiastic study of this fundamental particle of nature.

    “If we can measure its properties precisely, we’re likely to gain insight into completely new physics,” Fermilab theorist Tim Tait states in “Why We Care About the Top Quark:  CDF Explains”. This and other top quark articles, Web sites and research documents are featured at the OSTI Web resource DOE RD Accomplishments. What was the research environment one year prior to the remarkable discovery of the top quark? Find out in the 1994 DOE Report, “The Top Quark – Is it There?” Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the discovery of the top quark in 1995 and continue to carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from? DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

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Posted March 20, 2007

  • DOE Center Provides the Latest in Federal Science Software Packages

    You can search and order the latest in federal science software packages from the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC), hosted by OSTI. The ESTSC is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) centralized software management facility. The collection contains software developed by the national labs, other facilities and DOE contractors; as well as selected scientific and technical software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Software packages in the collection can be used for many different applications and are designed to run on personal computers, workstations, mainframes, and super computers. At the ESTSC Web site you can search the collection, get ordering information, view the most requested packages, see what’s new in software, and contact technical support. ESTSC will begin to process an order for scientific and technical software the day it is received if the payment and signed site license agreement forms are in order. Normally orders are processed within three to five days.

  • Visit ScienceLab and Get Quick Access to Educational Resources at DOE National Labs

    Where can you read about artic wolves, coral reefs, energy hog and secrets of the sea; as well as perform virtual frog dissections and take particle adventures? At ScienceLab, OSTI’s online source for science stuff. Get homework help, find fun experiments, discover science fair ideas and mine a wealth of classroom resources at this Web site designed to help students, teachers and parents find the science information they need. ScienceLab is sectioned by grade level, with an Elementary Lab, a Middle School Lab, and a High School Lab available. A Teachers’ Lab with lesson plans is offered. Find information on internships, science art and music, science careers and more. Links are provided to DOE National Laboratory educational resources.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Initiative with Google Cited

    OSTI is one of three federal government Web sites to make their content accessible for commercial search engines, according to a February 21, 2007 Government Executive article, “ Google moves ahead with plan to open up federal Web sites.” OSTI took the initiative to pioneer government information exposure to commercial search engines supporting the Sitemap Protocol, and since that time Google has used the OSTI example to demonstrate its Sitemap Protocol. OSTI submitted the Google sitemap for its home page in April 2006. In addition, Google founder Larry Page spoke to scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February, and stressed the importance of access to scientific information, saying, “We have to unlock the wealth of scientific knowledge and get it to everyone.” Currently, about half of OSTI’s Web traffic (close to 80-million information transactions per year) stems from referrals from Google, Yahoo! and MSN. OSTI currently supplies the highest volume of data of federal Web sites via this new Sitemap Protocol. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Participates in Workshop to Promote Multilateral Exchange of Energy Research Information

    Through its involvement with the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), OSTI participated in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 20–22 (view press release and presentations/outcomes ). The purpose of the workshop was to explore mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities between South Africa and the IEA’s energy technology network (including ETDE). ETDE was formed in 1987 under the IEA. Currently, more than 15 countries share their energy research and technology information through the Web version of ETDE’s Energy Database, ETDEWEB. The ETDE agreement is managed by OSTI in its role as Operating Agent. The information collection, which totals more than 3.8-million items, is made available to U.S. researchers by OSTI. OSTI is the U.S. member of ETDE.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • Listen to OSTI Podcasts, Recently Updated

    Tune in to news on OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network, and on OSTI’s Solar Energy feature at the DOE RD Accomplishments site. OSTI podcasts allow users to download OSTI news to a portable digital audio player, enabling you to listen to OSTI news whenever you like.

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Posted March 6, 2007

  • Paul Boyer, 1997 Nobel Prize Winner, Featured at OSTI

    He proposed a theory that was greeted with disbelief, and eventually he closed his lab thinking his career was over. Nine years later, in 1997, Paul Boyer held the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the process by which molecules produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Read more on Paul Boyer at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. In addition, view a sampling of Boyer’s documents and related research and access additional related Web sites about Boyer’s work. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Released February 16, 2007

  • Science.gov 4.0 Launched

    Science.gov launched Version 4.0 in San Francisco on Friday, February 16, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting . This latest version deploys DeepRank, which allows search and relevancy ranking across full text of documents when full text is available. In addition, Science.gov 4.0 adds a “refine results” option to narrow returns within a search, as well as an “e-mail results” feature so that individuals may e-mail important science information to themselves, friends and family, or colleagues. Version 4.0 offers more ways to view search results: by title, author or date, as well as by relevancy rank or source, as in earlier versions. OSTI hosts Science.gov, the interagency portal to federal scientific databases and Web sites. [
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Posted February 6, 2007

  • OSTI to Participate in Nano Workshop in Oak Ridge

    OSTI will participate in the Informatics Needs for Nanomaterials Workshop being held February 8-9, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The workshop is hosted by Informatics Research Library in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is the first of a series of workshops to address the informatics needs in nanotechnology. OSTI Director Walt Warnick will give a presentation, “Speeding Up Nano Progress Using Information Diffusion.” Participants include researchers from universities, federal facilities and industry, and leaders in the field of nanotechnology, including representatives of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, Virginia; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory for the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted January 23, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Agreement Signed in London

    A Statement of Intent (215-KB PDF) to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway was signed Sunday, January 21, by Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library .

    DOE Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach (right) and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, the British Library, signed a statement of intent to partner in the development of a global science gateway
    Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library sign a Statement of Intent to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway.

    The gateway would eventually make science information resources of many nations accessible via a single Internet portal. The signing ceremony was held at the British Library in London, England, in conjunction with the Winter Meeting of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) . Invitations to other nations to join the partnership were extended. OSTI is the Energy Department’s representative to ICSTI. OSTI will take the lead in developing a Science.world prototype by the end of 2007. The U.S. science gateway, Science.gov, is anticipated as the first U.S. contribution to Science.world. OSTI hosts and has operated Science.gov since its inception in 2002. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted January 9, 2007

  • OSTI Sends Solar Energy Info to Public

    The sun’s heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed in many ways. You can read more and find a wide range of solar energy information through OSTI’s Solar Energy Web page. Sun From educational materials to radiation resource information, OSTI has pulled together one-stop access to Department of Energy solar energy resources, as well as a listing of featured documents on solar energy research. DOE has played a major role in solar energy research and development. As a result of solar RD, the “cost of solar energy has been reduced 100-fold over the past two decades” (from DOE’s Making Solar Energy More Affordable). OSTI’s Solar Energy page is part of OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. Technical reports on solar energy are available through OSTI’s Information Bridge. For additional featured solar information, visit OSTI’s RD Nuggets page.

Article source: http://www.osti.gov/news/index#130626dde

10 Years of Science.gov: Test your Scientific Trivia Knowledge

Posted December 18, 2007

Released December 5, 2007

  • Science.gov Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    The science gateway that makes science information more accessible and useful to researchers, teachers, and learners wherever they are located commemorated its 5th Anniversary today (see press release).

Posted December 4, 2007

  • One step closer to vaccine for Lyme disease

    Brookhaven biologist John DunnScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Stony Brook University have received a patent for developing chimeric, or “combination,” proteins that may advance the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S., and is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. “This [research] could lead to a vaccine that is effective at different stages of the organism’s life cycle,” said Brookhaven biologist John Dunn, a researcher on the BNL Lyme disease team. Read about this and other patents supported through DOE at DOepatents, a central collection of the Department’s patent information from the 1940s to today.

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  • Meet ‘Otisco’ – a Shrub Bred for Speed

    Meet Otisco, a fast-growing shrub willow that is resistant to disease and pests, hardy on a variety of sites, and can be harvested at a rapid rate for high yields of biomass – perfect for a sustainable, renewable source of energy. This novel hybridization of Salix viminalis with Salix miyabeana [319-KB PDF] was patented in September, and is on the recent inventions list at the DOepatents Database. DOepatents, developed and maintained by OSTI, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s central collection of searchable patent information. The database makes available more than 20,000 historic and current patent records.

  • Wolfgang Panofsky Dead at 88, Bibliography Featured at Energy Citations Database

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky , a renowned particle physics researcher, accelerator builder, outspoken arms control advocate, and administrator of basic research, died September 25, 2007. Dr. Panofsky was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1969 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enrico Fermi Award in 1979. A featured bibliography of Dr. Panofsky is available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Energy Citations Database provides free access to over two million science research citations from 1948 through the present.

  • Seaborg Award Winner’s Documents Featured

    Saed Mirzadeh

    Saed Mirzadeh, whose work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led to development of new treatments for cancer and other diseases, is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society’s 2007 Seaborg Medal Award . A selection of Dr. Mirzadeh’s documents are featured at OSTI’s Information Bridge. Information Bridge provides free access to full-text documents and citations of DOE’s research report literature.

     

     

     

     

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Posted September 25, 2007

  • OSTI 60th Anniversary Commemorated

    Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science

    On September 18, 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) commemorated its 60-year contribution to accelerating scientific discovery through the preservation and sharing of DOE RD results. Historical exhibits and a program for retirees, former and current employees, and business and community leaders were held at the OSTI facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science; Dr. Eugene Garfield , Chairman Emeritus of Thomson Scientific; and Dr. Walter Warnick, OSTI Director, were speakers. U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp delivered pre-recorded video comments. During the event, the launch of DOePatents, a new Web site developed by OSTI, was announced. That evening OSTI co-hosted with Friends of Oak Ridge National Library a free community lecture by Dr. Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, at the American Museum of Science and Energy . As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the museum.

  • OSTI Develops New Online Search Tool for Patents

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new Web site, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.“From helping the blind to see again to identifying hidden weapons through holographic computerized imaging technology, DOE has supported and will continue to support research addressing some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges,” Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach said. “Content within DOepatents represents a truly impressive demonstration of DOE research and development and technological innovation.” The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present.

  • OSTI Showcases DOE Research Taking Aim at Cancer

    DOE research has made many contributions over the years to radiation and cancer therapy, including PEREGRINE and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). OSTI’s DOE Accomplishments Web site recently featured these revolutionary tools. Also included at the site are more resources and additional information on this topic. DOE Accomplishments is a central forum for information about remarkable advances in science through past DOE RD.

Released September 18, 2007

  • DOE Launches New Online Search Tool for Patents, 1940s to Present

    DOE today announced the launch of a website, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.  The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present (see press release).

Posted September 11, 2007

  • OSTI Joins Places Spaces Exhibit at American Museum of Science and Energy

    Researchers in Select Topics of Astrophysics

    As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the American Museum of Science and Energy . OSTI’s Identifying a Dream Research Team: An Astrophysical Example will be on display from Sept. 7 to January 7. The illustrations in OSTI’s display are based on a key DOE database, Information Bridge. Information Bridge is a DOE Science Accelerator resource.

  • Eugene Garfield to Lecture at OSTI and American Museum of Science and Energy

    The public is invited to share in OSTI’s 60th Anniversary celebration at a free community lecture and reception held at 7 pm at the American Museum of Science and Energy . Dr. Eugene Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, will present “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – tracing the impacts of information retrieval systems on science policy.” Garfield is founding publisher/editor of The Scientist, author of over 1,000 articles and books, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

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Released August 27, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing

    It was just over 60 years ago that General Leslie Groves, commanding the Manhattan Engineer District in Oak Ridge, TN, mandated that all classified and unclassified information related to the Atomic Bomb be brought together into one central file. Thus, in 1947, the precursor to the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was born. On Sept. 18, OSTI, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, will commemorate its 60th Anniversary (see press release).

Posted August 21, 2007

  • Science Accelerator Searches Key Energy Department Databases

    Science Accelerator

    The DOE Science Accelerator provides one-stop searching of key Energy Department and federal scientific databases developed and maintained by the OSTI. Users can search and retrieve current research results and ongoing project descriptions, as well as legacy research findings and accomplishments. Included are full-text technical reports, energy-related citations, conference papers and proceedings and scientific e-prints (see resource descriptions). The DOE Science Accelerator demonstrates capabilities that will eventually yield the technology to search at least 1,000 scientific databases in parallel. DOE will continue to develop this resource as other science and technology resources are added.

  • WorldWideScience.org Extends Global Reach to Africa

    WorldWideScience.org

    WorldWideScience.org now provides access to scientific knowledge from all six inhabited continents. The most recent addition is the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research . OSTI manages and hosts WorldWideScience.org, a global science gateway using federated search for one-stop access to international science sources. The newest addition, CSIR, is an institutional repository containing articles, reports, and papers authored by CSIR researchers. CSIR contacted OSTI, seeking to have its collection made searchable by WorldWideScience.org. Just prior to the overture from South Africa, OSTI was contacted by the National Library of New Zealand, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 , seeking to have its nearly century-old collection of scientific literature added to WorldWideScience.org. This source has now been added as well. Brian Hitson, associate director of OSTI, said: “Clearly, the accelerated knowledge diffusion benefits of WorldWideScience.org are resonating across the globe, as more and more source managers express a desire to be searched by this gateway. The benefits are mutual: Each source enjoys more usage and visibility, and the users of WorldWideScience.org gain access to a multitude of sources not accessible through any other single search engine.”

  • DOE RD Accomplishments Database Enhanced

    DOE RD Accomplishments

    OSTI recently enhanced the DOE RD Accomplishments database search and retrieval features. Users now have the benefit of sorting results, limiting their search to just full text and honing their search terms for a targeted search. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. An RD accomplishment is the outcome of past research whose benefits are being realized now. Visit DOE RD Accomplishments to read about Nobel Prize winners, and be sure and visit the RD Nuggets page for wide-ranging, interesting scientific insights and/or links to educational resources and materials.

  • Energy Department National Labs highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments

    Now you can read about the history and achievements of DOE’s National Laboratories and Other Major Laboratories and Facilities from one central Web portal. OSTI recently added this series of Web pages to the Nuggets area of its DOE RD Accomplishments site. Visit both the National Laboratory section and the Other Major Laboratory and Facilities section to find these valuable resources. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that are widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

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Posted August 7, 2007

  • Fusion Advocate Featured at OSTI

    A featured bibliography of Dr. Michael Roberts, a major player in the fusion community for over 40 years, is now available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Dr. Roberts was instrumental in ensuring President Reagan and President Gorbachev discussed the ITER burning plasma experiment during their 1985 Geneva Summit. According to a DOE Office of Science news release, “His vision and constant willingness to press ahead has culminated in the agreement to build ITER with seven international partners.” Roberts was honored by President Bush with the 2006 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Roberts was Director of the ITER and International Division in the Fusion Energy Sciences program of the DOE Office of Science.

  • Muon-Neutrino Research Turned into a Nobel-Prize Winning Accomplishment

    Jack Steinberger and Brookhaven National Laboratory colleagues won the 1988 Nobel Prize for the 1962 discovery of the Muon-Neutrino. The work showed that particles are associated in particular ways, and that there are different neutrino families. Steinberger’s work and documents are featured at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. DOE RD Accomplishments highlights outcomes of past research and development that has had significant economic impact, improved people’s lives, or been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. Links to additional Web sites and documents are available.

Posted July 24, 2007

  • OSTI Works to Increase Visibility of All DOE Scientific Research Data

    OSTI has added a new section to its Web site. This section highlights the DOE Data Centers, where much of the Energy Department’s non-text data resides. DOE generates scientific research data in many forms, both text and non-text.  While OSTI’s databases make the Department’s text-based information easily available (see the DOE Science Accelerator Advanced Search Page), researchers also want access to the original, underlying numeric data sets, scientific images, tables and graphs, or computer models and simulations. Information about OSTI’s data-focused forums and activities and links to publications on scientific data issues are also available.

Posted July 10, 2007

  • Life’s Little Extremists Highlighted at OSTI

    Electron micrograph and genetic map of Methanococcus jannaschiiIdentified as the third kingdom of living organisms, Archaea (from the Greek word for “ancient”), thrive where other life forms fail. These tiny microbes live in extreme environs like volcanic vents, acidic hot springs, and hypersaline waters. They can survive without sunlight while feeding on materials their fellow organisms cannot metabolize. In 1996, a study funded by the Office of Science’s Microbial Genome Initiative mapped the entire genome sequence of  Methanococcus jannaschii, a microbe from boiling vents deep in the Pacific Ocean, and confirmed its place in the “third branch of life” (see Verifying the “Third Branch of Life”). Archaea are highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments, a central Web forum for information about the outcomes of past Energy Department research. A list of related documents is available.

Released June 28, 2007

  • OSTI Pact with Internet Archive Ensures Uninterrupted Research Access

    One sure thing about the World Wide Web: Like the weather, it will change. Given this dynamic nature of the Web and the importance of preservation of scientific information in a digital environment, OSTI recently partnered with Internet Archive to ensure uninterrupted access to more than 1 million online research papers from the E-print Network.

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Posted June 28, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Opened

    DOE and the British Library, along with eight other participating countries, recently opened an online global gateway to science information from 15 national portals. The gateway, WorldWideScience.org, was developed and is maintained by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information. It gives citizens, researchers, and anyone interested in science the capability to search science portals not easily accessible through popular search technology such as that deployed by Google, Yahoo!, and many other commercial search engines.

    “Scientific research results are archived globally in a plethora of sources, many unknown and unreachable through usual search engines,” Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, DOE Under Secretary for Science, said. “This international partnership will open up this vast reservoir of knowledge in a rapid and convenient manner, something that will add great value to our existing knowledge.” Please see the DOE press release: Global Science Gateway Now Open and listen to the WorldWideScience.org podcast.

Posted June 19, 2007

  • Find Current DOE Research Projects at OSTI Web Site

    OSTI’s DOE RD Project Summaries searchable database now has over 35,000 files available for public access. The database provides access to summaries of ongoing or recently completed projects performed by DOE laboratories and research facilities. These projects pertain to a variety of research and development (RD) disciplines, such as science, fossil energy, environmental management, and energy efficiency and renewable energy. Developed by OSTI as a means for DOE to educate and inform the general public of its RD activities, the database includes projects the Department sponsored through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

Released June 5, 2007

  • OSTI Helps Citizens Find DOE Legacy Research

    A free online tool for search and retrieval of legacy research sponsored by and/or related to DOE has been enhanced. Now, citizens and researchers can retrieve science information from 1948 to the present using an “alerts” service, a “refine search” tool, new fielded search options, navigation enhancements, and featured highlights. Developed with the science-attentive citizen in mind, ECD (or Energy Citations Database) includes bibliographic citations of literature in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science, and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Posted June 5, 2007

  • DOE Gray Literature Now Registered with CrossRef

    Through a partnership with CrossRef , a robust citation linking service, OSTI has completed registration of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to more than 86,000 research reports from Information Bridge. (Please see CrossRef press release .) DOE is the first federal government agency to have its technical reports registered with CrossRef. A DOI provides a way to track, exchange, and manage content over time in the digital universe, regardless of changing information related to that content. This facilitates electronic access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking. Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of OSTI, commented, “Coupling the vast resources available on OSTI’s Information Bridge with the capabilities of CrossRef speeds access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking.”

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Posted May 15, 2007

  • “Adventurer Physicist” Highlighted at OSTI

    Considered an ‘adventurer physicist’ (see ScienceMatters@Berkeley ), Luis W. Alvarez searched for hidden chambers in an Egyptian pyramid, analyzed the film documenting John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and flew in the plane that trailed the aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Along the way, Alvarez developed the proton linear accelerator and won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to elementary particle physics. OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site showcases Alvarez documents and resources with additional information. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE research and development that have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

Posted May 2, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing, 1947–2007

    OSTI Sixty Years of Knowledge Sharing 1947-2007Throughout its 60-year history, OSTI has been committed to ensuring U.S. citizens have appropriate access to their government’s research results. In 1958, OSTI shipped 25 tons of materials to the Geneva Conference; in 2007, projections are for 80 million Web transactions through OSTI databases. Read about OSTI’s early days, download printable historical posters, and listen to the 60th Anniversary podcast at OSTI’s 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing Web site. While there, be sure and link to OSTI’s suite of Web products to search for and find scientific research results. To advance science, research must be shared. OSTI works to accelerate the sharing of knowledge to speed discovery.

  • Get Science—Access E-print Network for Current Research Documents, Researchers’ Web Sites, and Scientific Societies

    E-print Network

    Gain access to more than 1 million e-print science documents, over 25,000 Web sites, and links to more than 2,900 scientific societies at OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network. By linking to publicly accessible sites around the world, the E-print Network makes available a search of information in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Most documents included in the network are recent scientific papers. Scientific Web sites are organized by scientific disciplines and an Alert Service is available.

  • Science.gov Selected to Library Journal’s 2006 Best Web References List

    Science.gov 4.0According to Library Journal, Science.gov “is the place to go for science information and results of scientific research.” Each year Library Journal selects best Web references for its patrons: library directors, managers, and others in public, academic, and corporate/institutional libraries. Science.gov, a collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies, provides a search of deep Web databases and more than 50 million pages of scientific information. It serves as a gateway to more than 1,800 scientific Web sites. Science.gov is hosted by OSTI. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted April 18, 2007

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  • Called a “molecular machine,” ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, helps churn energy for all living creatures. In fact, a hard-working human can convert almost a ton of ATP daily. Research examining ATP synthase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing ATP, netted Paul D. Boyer a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. At OSTI’s Information Bridge, you can read related research on ATP, by either performing a search or by viewing the ATP featured documents list. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE’s mission.

  • Top Quark Research Featured at OSTI

    The top quark is unique among the six predicted quarks because of its large mass. That’s one reason scientists persist in their enthusiastic study of this fundamental particle of nature.

    “If we can measure its properties precisely, we’re likely to gain insight into completely new physics,” Fermilab theorist Tim Tait states in “Why We Care About the Top Quark:  CDF Explains”. This and other top quark articles, Web sites and research documents are featured at the OSTI Web resource DOE RD Accomplishments. What was the research environment one year prior to the remarkable discovery of the top quark? Find out in the 1994 DOE Report, “The Top Quark – Is it There?” Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the discovery of the top quark in 1995 and continue to carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from? DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

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Posted March 20, 2007

  • DOE Center Provides the Latest in Federal Science Software Packages

    You can search and order the latest in federal science software packages from the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC), hosted by OSTI. The ESTSC is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) centralized software management facility. The collection contains software developed by the national labs, other facilities and DOE contractors; as well as selected scientific and technical software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Software packages in the collection can be used for many different applications and are designed to run on personal computers, workstations, mainframes, and super computers. At the ESTSC Web site you can search the collection, get ordering information, view the most requested packages, see what’s new in software, and contact technical support. ESTSC will begin to process an order for scientific and technical software the day it is received if the payment and signed site license agreement forms are in order. Normally orders are processed within three to five days.

  • Visit ScienceLab and Get Quick Access to Educational Resources at DOE National Labs

    Where can you read about artic wolves, coral reefs, energy hog and secrets of the sea; as well as perform virtual frog dissections and take particle adventures? At ScienceLab, OSTI’s online source for science stuff. Get homework help, find fun experiments, discover science fair ideas and mine a wealth of classroom resources at this Web site designed to help students, teachers and parents find the science information they need. ScienceLab is sectioned by grade level, with an Elementary Lab, a Middle School Lab, and a High School Lab available. A Teachers’ Lab with lesson plans is offered. Find information on internships, science art and music, science careers and more. Links are provided to DOE National Laboratory educational resources.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Initiative with Google Cited

    OSTI is one of three federal government Web sites to make their content accessible for commercial search engines, according to a February 21, 2007 Government Executive article, “ Google moves ahead with plan to open up federal Web sites.” OSTI took the initiative to pioneer government information exposure to commercial search engines supporting the Sitemap Protocol, and since that time Google has used the OSTI example to demonstrate its Sitemap Protocol. OSTI submitted the Google sitemap for its home page in April 2006. In addition, Google founder Larry Page spoke to scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February, and stressed the importance of access to scientific information, saying, “We have to unlock the wealth of scientific knowledge and get it to everyone.” Currently, about half of OSTI’s Web traffic (close to 80-million information transactions per year) stems from referrals from Google, Yahoo! and MSN. OSTI currently supplies the highest volume of data of federal Web sites via this new Sitemap Protocol. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Participates in Workshop to Promote Multilateral Exchange of Energy Research Information

    Through its involvement with the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), OSTI participated in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 20–22 (view press release and presentations/outcomes ). The purpose of the workshop was to explore mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities between South Africa and the IEA’s energy technology network (including ETDE). ETDE was formed in 1987 under the IEA. Currently, more than 15 countries share their energy research and technology information through the Web version of ETDE’s Energy Database, ETDEWEB. The ETDE agreement is managed by OSTI in its role as Operating Agent. The information collection, which totals more than 3.8-million items, is made available to U.S. researchers by OSTI. OSTI is the U.S. member of ETDE.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • Listen to OSTI Podcasts, Recently Updated

    Tune in to news on OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network, and on OSTI’s Solar Energy feature at the DOE RD Accomplishments site. OSTI podcasts allow users to download OSTI news to a portable digital audio player, enabling you to listen to OSTI news whenever you like.

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Posted March 6, 2007

  • Paul Boyer, 1997 Nobel Prize Winner, Featured at OSTI

    He proposed a theory that was greeted with disbelief, and eventually he closed his lab thinking his career was over. Nine years later, in 1997, Paul Boyer held the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the process by which molecules produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Read more on Paul Boyer at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. In addition, view a sampling of Boyer’s documents and related research and access additional related Web sites about Boyer’s work. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Released February 16, 2007

  • Science.gov 4.0 Launched

    Science.gov launched Version 4.0 in San Francisco on Friday, February 16, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting . This latest version deploys DeepRank, which allows search and relevancy ranking across full text of documents when full text is available. In addition, Science.gov 4.0 adds a “refine results” option to narrow returns within a search, as well as an “e-mail results” feature so that individuals may e-mail important science information to themselves, friends and family, or colleagues. Version 4.0 offers more ways to view search results: by title, author or date, as well as by relevancy rank or source, as in earlier versions. OSTI hosts Science.gov, the interagency portal to federal scientific databases and Web sites. [
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Posted February 6, 2007

  • OSTI to Participate in Nano Workshop in Oak Ridge

    OSTI will participate in the Informatics Needs for Nanomaterials Workshop being held February 8-9, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The workshop is hosted by Informatics Research Library in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is the first of a series of workshops to address the informatics needs in nanotechnology. OSTI Director Walt Warnick will give a presentation, “Speeding Up Nano Progress Using Information Diffusion.” Participants include researchers from universities, federal facilities and industry, and leaders in the field of nanotechnology, including representatives of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, Virginia; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory for the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted January 23, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Agreement Signed in London

    A Statement of Intent (215-KB PDF) to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway was signed Sunday, January 21, by Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library .

    DOE Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach (right) and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, the British Library, signed a statement of intent to partner in the development of a global science gateway
    Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library sign a Statement of Intent to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway.

    The gateway would eventually make science information resources of many nations accessible via a single Internet portal. The signing ceremony was held at the British Library in London, England, in conjunction with the Winter Meeting of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) . Invitations to other nations to join the partnership were extended. OSTI is the Energy Department’s representative to ICSTI. OSTI will take the lead in developing a Science.world prototype by the end of 2007. The U.S. science gateway, Science.gov, is anticipated as the first U.S. contribution to Science.world. OSTI hosts and has operated Science.gov since its inception in 2002. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted January 23, 2007

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  • OSTI Sends Solar Energy Info to Public

    The sun’s heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed in many ways. You can read more and find a wide range of solar energy information through OSTI’s Solar Energy Web page. Sun From educational materials to radiation resource information, OSTI has pulled together one-stop access to Department of Energy solar energy resources, as well as a listing of featured documents on solar energy research. DOE has played a major role in solar energy research and development. As a result of solar RD, the “cost of solar energy has been reduced 100-fold over the past two decades” (from DOE’s Making Solar Energy More Affordable). OSTI’s Solar Energy page is part of OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. Technical reports on solar energy are available through OSTI’s Information Bridge. For additional featured solar information, visit OSTI’s RD Nuggets page.

Article source: http://www.osti.gov/news/index#1306195Scigovtrivia

DOE Data Tools Featured at Data.gov

Posted December 18, 2007

Released December 5, 2007

  • Science.gov Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    The science gateway that makes science information more accessible and useful to researchers, teachers, and learners wherever they are located commemorated its 5th Anniversary today (see press release).

Posted December 4, 2007

  • One step closer to vaccine for Lyme disease

    Brookhaven biologist John DunnScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Stony Brook University have received a patent for developing chimeric, or “combination,” proteins that may advance the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S., and is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. “This [research] could lead to a vaccine that is effective at different stages of the organism’s life cycle,” said Brookhaven biologist John Dunn, a researcher on the BNL Lyme disease team. Read about this and other patents supported through DOE at DOepatents, a central collection of the Department’s patent information from the 1940s to today.

Posted November 20, 2007

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  • Meet ‘Otisco’ – a Shrub Bred for Speed

    Meet Otisco, a fast-growing shrub willow that is resistant to disease and pests, hardy on a variety of sites, and can be harvested at a rapid rate for high yields of biomass – perfect for a sustainable, renewable source of energy. This novel hybridization of Salix viminalis with Salix miyabeana [319-KB PDF] was patented in September, and is on the recent inventions list at the DOepatents Database. DOepatents, developed and maintained by OSTI, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s central collection of searchable patent information. The database makes available more than 20,000 historic and current patent records.

  • Wolfgang Panofsky Dead at 88, Bibliography Featured at Energy Citations Database

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky , a renowned particle physics researcher, accelerator builder, outspoken arms control advocate, and administrator of basic research, died September 25, 2007. Dr. Panofsky was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1969 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enrico Fermi Award in 1979. A featured bibliography of Dr. Panofsky is available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Energy Citations Database provides free access to over two million science research citations from 1948 through the present.

  • Seaborg Award Winner’s Documents Featured

    Saed Mirzadeh

    Saed Mirzadeh, whose work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led to development of new treatments for cancer and other diseases, is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society’s 2007 Seaborg Medal Award . A selection of Dr. Mirzadeh’s documents are featured at OSTI’s Information Bridge. Information Bridge provides free access to full-text documents and citations of DOE’s research report literature.

     

     

     

     

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Posted September 25, 2007

  • OSTI 60th Anniversary Commemorated

    Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science

    On September 18, 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) commemorated its 60-year contribution to accelerating scientific discovery through the preservation and sharing of DOE RD results. Historical exhibits and a program for retirees, former and current employees, and business and community leaders were held at the OSTI facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science; Dr. Eugene Garfield , Chairman Emeritus of Thomson Scientific; and Dr. Walter Warnick, OSTI Director, were speakers. U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp delivered pre-recorded video comments. During the event, the launch of DOePatents, a new Web site developed by OSTI, was announced. That evening OSTI co-hosted with Friends of Oak Ridge National Library a free community lecture by Dr. Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, at the American Museum of Science and Energy . As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the museum.

  • OSTI Develops New Online Search Tool for Patents

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new Web site, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.“From helping the blind to see again to identifying hidden weapons through holographic computerized imaging technology, DOE has supported and will continue to support research addressing some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges,” Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach said. “Content within DOepatents represents a truly impressive demonstration of DOE research and development and technological innovation.” The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present.

  • OSTI Showcases DOE Research Taking Aim at Cancer

    DOE research has made many contributions over the years to radiation and cancer therapy, including PEREGRINE and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). OSTI’s DOE Accomplishments Web site recently featured these revolutionary tools. Also included at the site are more resources and additional information on this topic. DOE Accomplishments is a central forum for information about remarkable advances in science through past DOE RD.

Released September 18, 2007

  • DOE Launches New Online Search Tool for Patents, 1940s to Present

    DOE today announced the launch of a website, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.  The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present (see press release).

Posted September 11, 2007

  • OSTI Joins Places Spaces Exhibit at American Museum of Science and Energy

    Researchers in Select Topics of Astrophysics

    As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the American Museum of Science and Energy . OSTI’s Identifying a Dream Research Team: An Astrophysical Example will be on display from Sept. 7 to January 7. The illustrations in OSTI’s display are based on a key DOE database, Information Bridge. Information Bridge is a DOE Science Accelerator resource.

  • Eugene Garfield to Lecture at OSTI and American Museum of Science and Energy

    The public is invited to share in OSTI’s 60th Anniversary celebration at a free community lecture and reception held at 7 pm at the American Museum of Science and Energy . Dr. Eugene Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, will present “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – tracing the impacts of information retrieval systems on science policy.” Garfield is founding publisher/editor of The Scientist, author of over 1,000 articles and books, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

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Released August 27, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing

    It was just over 60 years ago that General Leslie Groves, commanding the Manhattan Engineer District in Oak Ridge, TN, mandated that all classified and unclassified information related to the Atomic Bomb be brought together into one central file. Thus, in 1947, the precursor to the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was born. On Sept. 18, OSTI, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, will commemorate its 60th Anniversary (see press release).

Posted August 21, 2007

  • Science Accelerator Searches Key Energy Department Databases

    Science Accelerator

    The DOE Science Accelerator provides one-stop searching of key Energy Department and federal scientific databases developed and maintained by the OSTI. Users can search and retrieve current research results and ongoing project descriptions, as well as legacy research findings and accomplishments. Included are full-text technical reports, energy-related citations, conference papers and proceedings and scientific e-prints (see resource descriptions). The DOE Science Accelerator demonstrates capabilities that will eventually yield the technology to search at least 1,000 scientific databases in parallel. DOE will continue to develop this resource as other science and technology resources are added.

  • WorldWideScience.org Extends Global Reach to Africa

    WorldWideScience.org

    WorldWideScience.org now provides access to scientific knowledge from all six inhabited continents. The most recent addition is the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research . OSTI manages and hosts WorldWideScience.org, a global science gateway using federated search for one-stop access to international science sources. The newest addition, CSIR, is an institutional repository containing articles, reports, and papers authored by CSIR researchers. CSIR contacted OSTI, seeking to have its collection made searchable by WorldWideScience.org. Just prior to the overture from South Africa, OSTI was contacted by the National Library of New Zealand, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 , seeking to have its nearly century-old collection of scientific literature added to WorldWideScience.org. This source has now been added as well. Brian Hitson, associate director of OSTI, said: “Clearly, the accelerated knowledge diffusion benefits of WorldWideScience.org are resonating across the globe, as more and more source managers express a desire to be searched by this gateway. The benefits are mutual: Each source enjoys more usage and visibility, and the users of WorldWideScience.org gain access to a multitude of sources not accessible through any other single search engine.”

  • DOE RD Accomplishments Database Enhanced

    DOE RD Accomplishments

    OSTI recently enhanced the DOE RD Accomplishments database search and retrieval features. Users now have the benefit of sorting results, limiting their search to just full text and honing their search terms for a targeted search. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. An RD accomplishment is the outcome of past research whose benefits are being realized now. Visit DOE RD Accomplishments to read about Nobel Prize winners, and be sure and visit the RD Nuggets page for wide-ranging, interesting scientific insights and/or links to educational resources and materials.

  • Energy Department National Labs highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments

    Now you can read about the history and achievements of DOE’s National Laboratories and Other Major Laboratories and Facilities from one central Web portal. OSTI recently added this series of Web pages to the Nuggets area of its DOE RD Accomplishments site. Visit both the National Laboratory section and the Other Major Laboratory and Facilities section to find these valuable resources. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that are widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

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Posted August 7, 2007

  • Fusion Advocate Featured at OSTI

    A featured bibliography of Dr. Michael Roberts, a major player in the fusion community for over 40 years, is now available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Dr. Roberts was instrumental in ensuring President Reagan and President Gorbachev discussed the ITER burning plasma experiment during their 1985 Geneva Summit. According to a DOE Office of Science news release, “His vision and constant willingness to press ahead has culminated in the agreement to build ITER with seven international partners.” Roberts was honored by President Bush with the 2006 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Roberts was Director of the ITER and International Division in the Fusion Energy Sciences program of the DOE Office of Science.

  • Muon-Neutrino Research Turned into a Nobel-Prize Winning Accomplishment

    Jack Steinberger and Brookhaven National Laboratory colleagues won the 1988 Nobel Prize for the 1962 discovery of the Muon-Neutrino. The work showed that particles are associated in particular ways, and that there are different neutrino families. Steinberger’s work and documents are featured at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. DOE RD Accomplishments highlights outcomes of past research and development that has had significant economic impact, improved people’s lives, or been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. Links to additional Web sites and documents are available.

Posted July 24, 2007

  • OSTI Works to Increase Visibility of All DOE Scientific Research Data

    OSTI has added a new section to its Web site. This section highlights the DOE Data Centers, where much of the Energy Department’s non-text data resides. DOE generates scientific research data in many forms, both text and non-text.  While OSTI’s databases make the Department’s text-based information easily available (see the DOE Science Accelerator Advanced Search Page), researchers also want access to the original, underlying numeric data sets, scientific images, tables and graphs, or computer models and simulations. Information about OSTI’s data-focused forums and activities and links to publications on scientific data issues are also available.

Posted July 10, 2007

  • Life’s Little Extremists Highlighted at OSTI

    Electron micrograph and genetic map of Methanococcus jannaschiiIdentified as the third kingdom of living organisms, Archaea (from the Greek word for “ancient”), thrive where other life forms fail. These tiny microbes live in extreme environs like volcanic vents, acidic hot springs, and hypersaline waters. They can survive without sunlight while feeding on materials their fellow organisms cannot metabolize. In 1996, a study funded by the Office of Science’s Microbial Genome Initiative mapped the entire genome sequence of  Methanococcus jannaschii, a microbe from boiling vents deep in the Pacific Ocean, and confirmed its place in the “third branch of life” (see Verifying the “Third Branch of Life”). Archaea are highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments, a central Web forum for information about the outcomes of past Energy Department research. A list of related documents is available.

Released June 28, 2007

  • OSTI Pact with Internet Archive Ensures Uninterrupted Research Access

    One sure thing about the World Wide Web: Like the weather, it will change. Given this dynamic nature of the Web and the importance of preservation of scientific information in a digital environment, OSTI recently partnered with Internet Archive to ensure uninterrupted access to more than 1 million online research papers from the E-print Network.

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Posted June 28, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Opened

    DOE and the British Library, along with eight other participating countries, recently opened an online global gateway to science information from 15 national portals. The gateway, WorldWideScience.org, was developed and is maintained by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information. It gives citizens, researchers, and anyone interested in science the capability to search science portals not easily accessible through popular search technology such as that deployed by Google, Yahoo!, and many other commercial search engines.

    “Scientific research results are archived globally in a plethora of sources, many unknown and unreachable through usual search engines,” Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, DOE Under Secretary for Science, said. “This international partnership will open up this vast reservoir of knowledge in a rapid and convenient manner, something that will add great value to our existing knowledge.” Please see the DOE press release: Global Science Gateway Now Open and listen to the WorldWideScience.org podcast.

Posted June 19, 2007

  • Find Current DOE Research Projects at OSTI Web Site

    OSTI’s DOE RD Project Summaries searchable database now has over 35,000 files available for public access. The database provides access to summaries of ongoing or recently completed projects performed by DOE laboratories and research facilities. These projects pertain to a variety of research and development (RD) disciplines, such as science, fossil energy, environmental management, and energy efficiency and renewable energy. Developed by OSTI as a means for DOE to educate and inform the general public of its RD activities, the database includes projects the Department sponsored through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

Released June 5, 2007

  • OSTI Helps Citizens Find DOE Legacy Research

    A free online tool for search and retrieval of legacy research sponsored by and/or related to DOE has been enhanced. Now, citizens and researchers can retrieve science information from 1948 to the present using an “alerts” service, a “refine search” tool, new fielded search options, navigation enhancements, and featured highlights. Developed with the science-attentive citizen in mind, ECD (or Energy Citations Database) includes bibliographic citations of literature in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science, and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Posted June 5, 2007

  • DOE Gray Literature Now Registered with CrossRef

    Through a partnership with CrossRef , a robust citation linking service, OSTI has completed registration of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to more than 86,000 research reports from Information Bridge. (Please see CrossRef press release .) DOE is the first federal government agency to have its technical reports registered with CrossRef. A DOI provides a way to track, exchange, and manage content over time in the digital universe, regardless of changing information related to that content. This facilitates electronic access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking. Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of OSTI, commented, “Coupling the vast resources available on OSTI’s Information Bridge with the capabilities of CrossRef speeds access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking.”

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Posted May 15, 2007

  • “Adventurer Physicist” Highlighted at OSTI

    Considered an ‘adventurer physicist’ (see ScienceMatters@Berkeley ), Luis W. Alvarez searched for hidden chambers in an Egyptian pyramid, analyzed the film documenting John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and flew in the plane that trailed the aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Along the way, Alvarez developed the proton linear accelerator and won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to elementary particle physics. OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site showcases Alvarez documents and resources with additional information. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE research and development that have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

Posted May 2, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing, 1947–2007

    OSTI Sixty Years of Knowledge Sharing 1947-2007Throughout its 60-year history, OSTI has been committed to ensuring U.S. citizens have appropriate access to their government’s research results. In 1958, OSTI shipped 25 tons of materials to the Geneva Conference; in 2007, projections are for 80 million Web transactions through OSTI databases. Read about OSTI’s early days, download printable historical posters, and listen to the 60th Anniversary podcast at OSTI’s 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing Web site. While there, be sure and link to OSTI’s suite of Web products to search for and find scientific research results. To advance science, research must be shared. OSTI works to accelerate the sharing of knowledge to speed discovery.

  • Get Science—Access E-print Network for Current Research Documents, Researchers’ Web Sites, and Scientific Societies

    E-print Network

    Gain access to more than 1 million e-print science documents, over 25,000 Web sites, and links to more than 2,900 scientific societies at OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network. By linking to publicly accessible sites around the world, the E-print Network makes available a search of information in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Most documents included in the network are recent scientific papers. Scientific Web sites are organized by scientific disciplines and an Alert Service is available.

  • Science.gov Selected to Library Journal’s 2006 Best Web References List

    Science.gov 4.0According to Library Journal, Science.gov “is the place to go for science information and results of scientific research.” Each year Library Journal selects best Web references for its patrons: library directors, managers, and others in public, academic, and corporate/institutional libraries. Science.gov, a collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies, provides a search of deep Web databases and more than 50 million pages of scientific information. It serves as a gateway to more than 1,800 scientific Web sites. Science.gov is hosted by OSTI. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted April 18, 2007

Posted April 4, 2007

  • Called a “molecular machine,” ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, helps churn energy for all living creatures. In fact, a hard-working human can convert almost a ton of ATP daily. Research examining ATP synthase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing ATP, netted Paul D. Boyer a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. At OSTI’s Information Bridge, you can read related research on ATP, by either performing a search or by viewing the ATP featured documents list. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE’s mission.

  • Top Quark Research Featured at OSTI

    The top quark is unique among the six predicted quarks because of its large mass. That’s one reason scientists persist in their enthusiastic study of this fundamental particle of nature.

    “If we can measure its properties precisely, we’re likely to gain insight into completely new physics,” Fermilab theorist Tim Tait states in “Why We Care About the Top Quark:  CDF Explains”. This and other top quark articles, Web sites and research documents are featured at the OSTI Web resource DOE RD Accomplishments. What was the research environment one year prior to the remarkable discovery of the top quark? Find out in the 1994 DOE Report, “The Top Quark – Is it There?” Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the discovery of the top quark in 1995 and continue to carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from? DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

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Posted March 20, 2007

  • DOE Center Provides the Latest in Federal Science Software Packages

    You can search and order the latest in federal science software packages from the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC), hosted by OSTI. The ESTSC is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) centralized software management facility. The collection contains software developed by the national labs, other facilities and DOE contractors; as well as selected scientific and technical software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Software packages in the collection can be used for many different applications and are designed to run on personal computers, workstations, mainframes, and super computers. At the ESTSC Web site you can search the collection, get ordering information, view the most requested packages, see what’s new in software, and contact technical support. ESTSC will begin to process an order for scientific and technical software the day it is received if the payment and signed site license agreement forms are in order. Normally orders are processed within three to five days.

  • Visit ScienceLab and Get Quick Access to Educational Resources at DOE National Labs

    Where can you read about artic wolves, coral reefs, energy hog and secrets of the sea; as well as perform virtual frog dissections and take particle adventures? At ScienceLab, OSTI’s online source for science stuff. Get homework help, find fun experiments, discover science fair ideas and mine a wealth of classroom resources at this Web site designed to help students, teachers and parents find the science information they need. ScienceLab is sectioned by grade level, with an Elementary Lab, a Middle School Lab, and a High School Lab available. A Teachers’ Lab with lesson plans is offered. Find information on internships, science art and music, science careers and more. Links are provided to DOE National Laboratory educational resources.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Initiative with Google Cited

    OSTI is one of three federal government Web sites to make their content accessible for commercial search engines, according to a February 21, 2007 Government Executive article, “ Google moves ahead with plan to open up federal Web sites.” OSTI took the initiative to pioneer government information exposure to commercial search engines supporting the Sitemap Protocol, and since that time Google has used the OSTI example to demonstrate its Sitemap Protocol. OSTI submitted the Google sitemap for its home page in April 2006. In addition, Google founder Larry Page spoke to scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February, and stressed the importance of access to scientific information, saying, “We have to unlock the wealth of scientific knowledge and get it to everyone.” Currently, about half of OSTI’s Web traffic (close to 80-million information transactions per year) stems from referrals from Google, Yahoo! and MSN. OSTI currently supplies the highest volume of data of federal Web sites via this new Sitemap Protocol. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Participates in Workshop to Promote Multilateral Exchange of Energy Research Information

    Through its involvement with the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), OSTI participated in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 20–22 (view press release and presentations/outcomes ). The purpose of the workshop was to explore mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities between South Africa and the IEA’s energy technology network (including ETDE). ETDE was formed in 1987 under the IEA. Currently, more than 15 countries share their energy research and technology information through the Web version of ETDE’s Energy Database, ETDEWEB. The ETDE agreement is managed by OSTI in its role as Operating Agent. The information collection, which totals more than 3.8-million items, is made available to U.S. researchers by OSTI. OSTI is the U.S. member of ETDE.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • Listen to OSTI Podcasts, Recently Updated

    Tune in to news on OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network, and on OSTI’s Solar Energy feature at the DOE RD Accomplishments site. OSTI podcasts allow users to download OSTI news to a portable digital audio player, enabling you to listen to OSTI news whenever you like.

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Posted March 6, 2007

  • Paul Boyer, 1997 Nobel Prize Winner, Featured at OSTI

    He proposed a theory that was greeted with disbelief, and eventually he closed his lab thinking his career was over. Nine years later, in 1997, Paul Boyer held the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the process by which molecules produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Read more on Paul Boyer at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. In addition, view a sampling of Boyer’s documents and related research and access additional related Web sites about Boyer’s work. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Released February 16, 2007

  • Science.gov 4.0 Launched

    Science.gov launched Version 4.0 in San Francisco on Friday, February 16, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting . This latest version deploys DeepRank, which allows search and relevancy ranking across full text of documents when full text is available. In addition, Science.gov 4.0 adds a “refine results” option to narrow returns within a search, as well as an “e-mail results” feature so that individuals may e-mail important science information to themselves, friends and family, or colleagues. Version 4.0 offers more ways to view search results: by title, author or date, as well as by relevancy rank or source, as in earlier versions. OSTI hosts Science.gov, the interagency portal to federal scientific databases and Web sites. [
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Posted February 6, 2007

  • OSTI to Participate in Nano Workshop in Oak Ridge

    OSTI will participate in the Informatics Needs for Nanomaterials Workshop being held February 8-9, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The workshop is hosted by Informatics Research Library in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is the first of a series of workshops to address the informatics needs in nanotechnology. OSTI Director Walt Warnick will give a presentation, “Speeding Up Nano Progress Using Information Diffusion.” Participants include researchers from universities, federal facilities and industry, and leaders in the field of nanotechnology, including representatives of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, Virginia; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory for the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted January 23, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Agreement Signed in London

    A Statement of Intent (215-KB PDF) to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway was signed Sunday, January 21, by Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library .

    DOE Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach (right) and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, the British Library, signed a statement of intent to partner in the development of a global science gateway
    Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library sign a Statement of Intent to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway.

    The gateway would eventually make science information resources of many nations accessible via a single Internet portal. The signing ceremony was held at the British Library in London, England, in conjunction with the Winter Meeting of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) . Invitations to other nations to join the partnership were extended. OSTI is the Energy Department’s representative to ICSTI. OSTI will take the lead in developing a Science.world prototype by the end of 2007. The U.S. science gateway, Science.gov, is anticipated as the first U.S. contribution to Science.world. OSTI hosts and has operated Science.gov since its inception in 2002. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted January 23, 2007

Posted January 9, 2007

  • OSTI Sends Solar Energy Info to Public

    The sun’s heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed in many ways. You can read more and find a wide range of solar energy information through OSTI’s Solar Energy Web page. Sun From educational materials to radiation resource information, OSTI has pulled together one-stop access to Department of Energy solar energy resources, as well as a listing of featured documents on solar energy research. DOE has played a major role in solar energy research and development. As a result of solar RD, the “cost of solar energy has been reduced 100-fold over the past two decades” (from DOE’s Making Solar Energy More Affordable). OSTI’s Solar Energy page is part of OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. Technical reports on solar energy are available through OSTI’s Information Bridge. For additional featured solar information, visit OSTI’s RD Nuggets page.

Article source: http://www.osti.gov/news/index#130529data

Citations to Journal Articles from Energy Frontier Research Centers Now Available on OSTI’s SciTech Connect

Posted December 18, 2007

Released December 5, 2007

  • Science.gov Celebrates 5th Anniversary

    The science gateway that makes science information more accessible and useful to researchers, teachers, and learners wherever they are located commemorated its 5th Anniversary today (see press release).

Posted December 4, 2007

  • One step closer to vaccine for Lyme disease

    Brookhaven biologist John DunnScientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Stony Brook University have received a patent for developing chimeric, or “combination,” proteins that may advance the development of vaccines and diagnostic tests for Lyme disease. Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the U.S., and is spread by the bite of an infected deer tick. “This [research] could lead to a vaccine that is effective at different stages of the organism’s life cycle,” said Brookhaven biologist John Dunn, a researcher on the BNL Lyme disease team. Read about this and other patents supported through DOE at DOepatents, a central collection of the Department’s patent information from the 1940s to today.

Posted November 20, 2007

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  • Meet ‘Otisco’ – a Shrub Bred for Speed

    Meet Otisco, a fast-growing shrub willow that is resistant to disease and pests, hardy on a variety of sites, and can be harvested at a rapid rate for high yields of biomass – perfect for a sustainable, renewable source of energy. This novel hybridization of Salix viminalis with Salix miyabeana [319-KB PDF] was patented in September, and is on the recent inventions list at the DOepatents Database. DOepatents, developed and maintained by OSTI, is the U.S. Department of Energy’s central collection of searchable patent information. The database makes available more than 20,000 historic and current patent records.

  • Wolfgang Panofsky Dead at 88, Bibliography Featured at Energy Citations Database

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky

    Wolfgang K. H. “Pief”, Panofsky , a renowned particle physics researcher, accelerator builder, outspoken arms control advocate, and administrator of basic research, died September 25, 2007. Dr. Panofsky was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1969 and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Enrico Fermi Award in 1979. A featured bibliography of Dr. Panofsky is available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Energy Citations Database provides free access to over two million science research citations from 1948 through the present.

  • Seaborg Award Winner’s Documents Featured

    Saed Mirzadeh

    Saed Mirzadeh, whose work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has led to development of new treatments for cancer and other diseases, is the recipient of the American Nuclear Society’s 2007 Seaborg Medal Award . A selection of Dr. Mirzadeh’s documents are featured at OSTI’s Information Bridge. Information Bridge provides free access to full-text documents and citations of DOE’s research report literature.

     

     

     

     

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Posted September 25, 2007

  • OSTI 60th Anniversary Commemorated

    Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science

    On September 18, 2007, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) commemorated its 60-year contribution to accelerating scientific discovery through the preservation and sharing of DOE RD results. Historical exhibits and a program for retirees, former and current employees, and business and community leaders were held at the OSTI facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Dr. Jeffrey Salmon, Associate Under Secretary for Science; Dr. Eugene Garfield , Chairman Emeritus of Thomson Scientific; and Dr. Walter Warnick, OSTI Director, were speakers. U.S. Congressman Zach Wamp delivered pre-recorded video comments. During the event, the launch of DOePatents, a new Web site developed by OSTI, was announced. That evening OSTI co-hosted with Friends of Oak Ridge National Library a free community lecture by Dr. Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, at the American Museum of Science and Energy . As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the museum.

  • OSTI Develops New Online Search Tool for Patents

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) launched a new Web site, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.“From helping the blind to see again to identifying hidden weapons through holographic computerized imaging technology, DOE has supported and will continue to support research addressing some of the world’s most pressing scientific challenges,” Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach said. “Content within DOepatents represents a truly impressive demonstration of DOE research and development and technological innovation.” The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present.

  • OSTI Showcases DOE Research Taking Aim at Cancer

    DOE research has made many contributions over the years to radiation and cancer therapy, including PEREGRINE and Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (BNCT). OSTI’s DOE Accomplishments Web site recently featured these revolutionary tools. Also included at the site are more resources and additional information on this topic. DOE Accomplishments is a central forum for information about remarkable advances in science through past DOE RD.

Released September 18, 2007

  • DOE Launches New Online Search Tool for Patents, 1940s to Present

    DOE today announced the launch of a website, DOepatents, which allows search and retrieval of information from a collection of more than 20,000 patent records.  The database represents a growing collection of patents resulting from RD supported by DOE and demonstrates the Department’s considerable contribution to scientific progress from the 1940s to the present (see press release).

Posted September 11, 2007

  • OSTI Joins Places Spaces Exhibit at American Museum of Science and Energy

    Researchers in Select Topics of Astrophysics

    As part of its 60th celebration, OSTI is participating in the Places Spaces Mapping Science exhibit currently at the American Museum of Science and Energy . OSTI’s Identifying a Dream Research Team: An Astrophysical Example will be on display from Sept. 7 to January 7. The illustrations in OSTI’s display are based on a key DOE database, Information Bridge. Information Bridge is a DOE Science Accelerator resource.

  • Eugene Garfield to Lecture at OSTI and American Museum of Science and Energy

    The public is invited to share in OSTI’s 60th Anniversary celebration at a free community lecture and reception held at 7 pm at the American Museum of Science and Energy . Dr. Eugene Garfield , a pioneer in information retrieval systems and inventor of Science Citation Index, will present “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants – tracing the impacts of information retrieval systems on science policy.” Garfield is founding publisher/editor of The Scientist, author of over 1,000 articles and books, and has lectured widely throughout the world.

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Released August 27, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing

    It was just over 60 years ago that General Leslie Groves, commanding the Manhattan Engineer District in Oak Ridge, TN, mandated that all classified and unclassified information related to the Atomic Bomb be brought together into one central file. Thus, in 1947, the precursor to the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was born. On Sept. 18, OSTI, within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, will commemorate its 60th Anniversary (see press release).

Posted August 21, 2007

  • Science Accelerator Searches Key Energy Department Databases

    Science Accelerator

    The DOE Science Accelerator provides one-stop searching of key Energy Department and federal scientific databases developed and maintained by the OSTI. Users can search and retrieve current research results and ongoing project descriptions, as well as legacy research findings and accomplishments. Included are full-text technical reports, energy-related citations, conference papers and proceedings and scientific e-prints (see resource descriptions). The DOE Science Accelerator demonstrates capabilities that will eventually yield the technology to search at least 1,000 scientific databases in parallel. DOE will continue to develop this resource as other science and technology resources are added.

  • WorldWideScience.org Extends Global Reach to Africa

    WorldWideScience.org

    WorldWideScience.org now provides access to scientific knowledge from all six inhabited continents. The most recent addition is the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research . OSTI manages and hosts WorldWideScience.org, a global science gateway using federated search for one-stop access to international science sources. The newest addition, CSIR, is an institutional repository containing articles, reports, and papers authored by CSIR researchers. CSIR contacted OSTI, seeking to have its collection made searchable by WorldWideScience.org. Just prior to the overture from South Africa, OSTI was contacted by the National Library of New Zealand, Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 , seeking to have its nearly century-old collection of scientific literature added to WorldWideScience.org. This source has now been added as well. Brian Hitson, associate director of OSTI, said: “Clearly, the accelerated knowledge diffusion benefits of WorldWideScience.org are resonating across the globe, as more and more source managers express a desire to be searched by this gateway. The benefits are mutual: Each source enjoys more usage and visibility, and the users of WorldWideScience.org gain access to a multitude of sources not accessible through any other single search engine.”

  • DOE RD Accomplishments Database Enhanced

    DOE RD Accomplishments

    OSTI recently enhanced the DOE RD Accomplishments database search and retrieval features. Users now have the benefit of sorting results, limiting their search to just full text and honing their search terms for a targeted search. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. An RD accomplishment is the outcome of past research whose benefits are being realized now. Visit DOE RD Accomplishments to read about Nobel Prize winners, and be sure and visit the RD Nuggets page for wide-ranging, interesting scientific insights and/or links to educational resources and materials.

  • Energy Department National Labs highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments

    Now you can read about the history and achievements of DOE’s National Laboratories and Other Major Laboratories and Facilities from one central Web portal. OSTI recently added this series of Web pages to the Nuggets area of its DOE RD Accomplishments site. Visit both the National Laboratory section and the Other Major Laboratory and Facilities section to find these valuable resources. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD activities that are widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

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Posted August 7, 2007

  • Fusion Advocate Featured at OSTI

    A featured bibliography of Dr. Michael Roberts, a major player in the fusion community for over 40 years, is now available at OSTI’s Energy Citations Database. Dr. Roberts was instrumental in ensuring President Reagan and President Gorbachev discussed the ITER burning plasma experiment during their 1985 Geneva Summit. According to a DOE Office of Science news release, “His vision and constant willingness to press ahead has culminated in the agreement to build ITER with seven international partners.” Roberts was honored by President Bush with the 2006 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Roberts was Director of the ITER and International Division in the Fusion Energy Sciences program of the DOE Office of Science.

  • Muon-Neutrino Research Turned into a Nobel-Prize Winning Accomplishment

    Jack Steinberger and Brookhaven National Laboratory colleagues won the 1988 Nobel Prize for the 1962 discovery of the Muon-Neutrino. The work showed that particles are associated in particular ways, and that there are different neutrino families. Steinberger’s work and documents are featured at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. DOE RD Accomplishments highlights outcomes of past research and development that has had significant economic impact, improved people’s lives, or been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science. Links to additional Web sites and documents are available.

Posted July 24, 2007

  • OSTI Works to Increase Visibility of All DOE Scientific Research Data

    OSTI has added a new section to its Web site. This section highlights the DOE Data Centers, where much of the Energy Department’s non-text data resides. DOE generates scientific research data in many forms, both text and non-text.  While OSTI’s databases make the Department’s text-based information easily available (see the DOE Science Accelerator Advanced Search Page), researchers also want access to the original, underlying numeric data sets, scientific images, tables and graphs, or computer models and simulations. Information about OSTI’s data-focused forums and activities and links to publications on scientific data issues are also available.

Posted July 10, 2007

  • Life’s Little Extremists Highlighted at OSTI

    Electron micrograph and genetic map of Methanococcus jannaschiiIdentified as the third kingdom of living organisms, Archaea (from the Greek word for “ancient”), thrive where other life forms fail. These tiny microbes live in extreme environs like volcanic vents, acidic hot springs, and hypersaline waters. They can survive without sunlight while feeding on materials their fellow organisms cannot metabolize. In 1996, a study funded by the Office of Science’s Microbial Genome Initiative mapped the entire genome sequence of  Methanococcus jannaschii, a microbe from boiling vents deep in the Pacific Ocean, and confirmed its place in the “third branch of life” (see Verifying the “Third Branch of Life”). Archaea are highlighted at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments, a central Web forum for information about the outcomes of past Energy Department research. A list of related documents is available.

Released June 28, 2007

  • OSTI Pact with Internet Archive Ensures Uninterrupted Research Access

    One sure thing about the World Wide Web: Like the weather, it will change. Given this dynamic nature of the Web and the importance of preservation of scientific information in a digital environment, OSTI recently partnered with Internet Archive to ensure uninterrupted access to more than 1 million online research papers from the E-print Network.

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Posted June 28, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Opened

    DOE and the British Library, along with eight other participating countries, recently opened an online global gateway to science information from 15 national portals. The gateway, WorldWideScience.org, was developed and is maintained by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information. It gives citizens, researchers, and anyone interested in science the capability to search science portals not easily accessible through popular search technology such as that deployed by Google, Yahoo!, and many other commercial search engines.

    “Scientific research results are archived globally in a plethora of sources, many unknown and unreachable through usual search engines,” Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, DOE Under Secretary for Science, said. “This international partnership will open up this vast reservoir of knowledge in a rapid and convenient manner, something that will add great value to our existing knowledge.” Please see the DOE press release: Global Science Gateway Now Open and listen to the WorldWideScience.org podcast.

Posted June 19, 2007

  • Find Current DOE Research Projects at OSTI Web Site

    OSTI’s DOE RD Project Summaries searchable database now has over 35,000 files available for public access. The database provides access to summaries of ongoing or recently completed projects performed by DOE laboratories and research facilities. These projects pertain to a variety of research and development (RD) disciplines, such as science, fossil energy, environmental management, and energy efficiency and renewable energy. Developed by OSTI as a means for DOE to educate and inform the general public of its RD activities, the database includes projects the Department sponsored through a variety of funding mechanisms, including grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements.

Released June 5, 2007

  • OSTI Helps Citizens Find DOE Legacy Research

    A free online tool for search and retrieval of legacy research sponsored by and/or related to DOE has been enhanced. Now, citizens and researchers can retrieve science information from 1948 to the present using an “alerts” service, a “refine search” tool, new fielded search options, navigation enhancements, and featured highlights. Developed with the science-attentive citizen in mind, ECD (or Energy Citations Database) includes bibliographic citations of literature in disciplines of interest to DOE such as chemistry, physics, materials, environmental science, geology, engineering, mathematics, climatology, oceanography, computer science, and related disciplines. It includes citations to report literature, conference papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and patents.

Posted June 5, 2007

  • DOE Gray Literature Now Registered with CrossRef

    Through a partnership with CrossRef , a robust citation linking service, OSTI has completed registration of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to more than 86,000 research reports from Information Bridge. (Please see CrossRef press release .) DOE is the first federal government agency to have its technical reports registered with CrossRef. A DOI provides a way to track, exchange, and manage content over time in the digital universe, regardless of changing information related to that content. This facilitates electronic access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking. Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of OSTI, commented, “Coupling the vast resources available on OSTI’s Information Bridge with the capabilities of CrossRef speeds access to DOE scientific and technical literature, placing it on the same footing as journal articles in terms of reference linking.”

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Posted May 15, 2007

  • “Adventurer Physicist” Highlighted at OSTI

    Considered an ‘adventurer physicist’ (see ScienceMatters@Berkeley ), Luis W. Alvarez searched for hidden chambers in an Egyptian pyramid, analyzed the film documenting John F. Kennedy’s assassination, and flew in the plane that trailed the aircraft that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Along the way, Alvarez developed the proton linear accelerator and won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for contributions to elementary particle physics. OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site showcases Alvarez documents and resources with additional information. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE research and development that have been widely recognized as remarkable advances in science.

Posted May 2, 2007

  • OSTI Celebrates 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing, 1947–2007

    OSTI Sixty Years of Knowledge Sharing 1947-2007Throughout its 60-year history, OSTI has been committed to ensuring U.S. citizens have appropriate access to their government’s research results. In 1958, OSTI shipped 25 tons of materials to the Geneva Conference; in 2007, projections are for 80 million Web transactions through OSTI databases. Read about OSTI’s early days, download printable historical posters, and listen to the 60th Anniversary podcast at OSTI’s 60 Years of Knowledge Sharing Web site. While there, be sure and link to OSTI’s suite of Web products to search for and find scientific research results. To advance science, research must be shared. OSTI works to accelerate the sharing of knowledge to speed discovery.

  • Get Science—Access E-print Network for Current Research Documents, Researchers’ Web Sites, and Scientific Societies

    E-print Network

    Gain access to more than 1 million e-print science documents, over 25,000 Web sites, and links to more than 2,900 scientific societies at OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network. By linking to publicly accessible sites around the world, the E-print Network makes available a search of information in basic and applied sciences, primarily in physics but also chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, computer and information technologies, and other disciplines of interest to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Most documents included in the network are recent scientific papers. Scientific Web sites are organized by scientific disciplines and an Alert Service is available.

  • Science.gov Selected to Library Journal’s 2006 Best Web References List

    Science.gov 4.0According to Library Journal, Science.gov “is the place to go for science information and results of scientific research.” Each year Library Journal selects best Web references for its patrons: library directors, managers, and others in public, academic, and corporate/institutional libraries. Science.gov, a collaborative effort of 12 federal science agencies, provides a search of deep Web databases and more than 50 million pages of scientific information. It serves as a gateway to more than 1,800 scientific Web sites. Science.gov is hosted by OSTI. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted April 18, 2007

Posted April 4, 2007

  • Called a “molecular machine,” ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, helps churn energy for all living creatures. In fact, a hard-working human can convert almost a ton of ATP daily. Research examining ATP synthase, the enzyme responsible for synthesizing ATP, netted Paul D. Boyer a share of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. At OSTI’s Information Bridge, you can read related research on ATP, by either performing a search or by viewing the ATP featured documents list. Information Bridge provides free public access to full-text documents and bibliographic citations of DOE research report literature. Information Bridge contains documents and citations in physics, chemistry, materials, biology, environmental sciences, energy technologies, engineering, computer and information science, renewable energy, and other topics of interest related to DOE’s mission.

  • Top Quark Research Featured at OSTI

    The top quark is unique among the six predicted quarks because of its large mass. That’s one reason scientists persist in their enthusiastic study of this fundamental particle of nature.

    “If we can measure its properties precisely, we’re likely to gain insight into completely new physics,” Fermilab theorist Tim Tait states in “Why We Care About the Top Quark:  CDF Explains”. This and other top quark articles, Web sites and research documents are featured at the OSTI Web resource DOE RD Accomplishments. What was the research environment one year prior to the remarkable discovery of the top quark? Find out in the 1994 DOE Report, “The Top Quark – Is it There?” Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced the discovery of the top quark in 1995 and continue to carry out research in high-energy physics to answer the questions: What is the universe made of? How does it work? Where did it come from? DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

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Posted March 20, 2007

  • DOE Center Provides the Latest in Federal Science Software Packages

    You can search and order the latest in federal science software packages from the Energy Science and Technology Software Center (ESTSC), hosted by OSTI. The ESTSC is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) centralized software management facility. The collection contains software developed by the national labs, other facilities and DOE contractors; as well as selected scientific and technical software from the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Software packages in the collection can be used for many different applications and are designed to run on personal computers, workstations, mainframes, and super computers. At the ESTSC Web site you can search the collection, get ordering information, view the most requested packages, see what’s new in software, and contact technical support. ESTSC will begin to process an order for scientific and technical software the day it is received if the payment and signed site license agreement forms are in order. Normally orders are processed within three to five days.

  • Visit ScienceLab and Get Quick Access to Educational Resources at DOE National Labs

    Where can you read about artic wolves, coral reefs, energy hog and secrets of the sea; as well as perform virtual frog dissections and take particle adventures? At ScienceLab, OSTI’s online source for science stuff. Get homework help, find fun experiments, discover science fair ideas and mine a wealth of classroom resources at this Web site designed to help students, teachers and parents find the science information they need. ScienceLab is sectioned by grade level, with an Elementary Lab, a Middle School Lab, and a High School Lab available. A Teachers’ Lab with lesson plans is offered. Find information on internships, science art and music, science careers and more. Links are provided to DOE National Laboratory educational resources.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Initiative with Google Cited

    OSTI is one of three federal government Web sites to make their content accessible for commercial search engines, according to a February 21, 2007 Government Executive article, “ Google moves ahead with plan to open up federal Web sites.” OSTI took the initiative to pioneer government information exposure to commercial search engines supporting the Sitemap Protocol, and since that time Google has used the OSTI example to demonstrate its Sitemap Protocol. OSTI submitted the Google sitemap for its home page in April 2006. In addition, Google founder Larry Page spoke to scientists at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting in San Francisco in February, and stressed the importance of access to scientific information, saying, “We have to unlock the wealth of scientific knowledge and get it to everyone.” Currently, about half of OSTI’s Web traffic (close to 80-million information transactions per year) stems from referrals from Google, Yahoo! and MSN. OSTI currently supplies the highest volume of data of federal Web sites via this new Sitemap Protocol. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted March 6, 2007

  • OSTI Participates in Workshop to Promote Multilateral Exchange of Energy Research Information

    Through its involvement with the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE), OSTI participated in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology workshop, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, February 20–22 (view press release and presentations/outcomes ). The purpose of the workshop was to explore mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities between South Africa and the IEA’s energy technology network (including ETDE). ETDE was formed in 1987 under the IEA. Currently, more than 15 countries share their energy research and technology information through the Web version of ETDE’s Energy Database, ETDEWEB. The ETDE agreement is managed by OSTI in its role as Operating Agent. The information collection, which totals more than 3.8-million items, is made available to U.S. researchers by OSTI. OSTI is the U.S. member of ETDE.

Posted March 6, 2007

  • Listen to OSTI Podcasts, Recently Updated

    Tune in to news on OSTI’s E-print Network, a fast-growing searchable scientific communications network, and on OSTI’s Solar Energy feature at the DOE RD Accomplishments site. OSTI podcasts allow users to download OSTI news to a portable digital audio player, enabling you to listen to OSTI news whenever you like.

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Posted March 6, 2007

  • Paul Boyer, 1997 Nobel Prize Winner, Featured at OSTI

    He proposed a theory that was greeted with disbelief, and eventually he closed his lab thinking his career was over. Nine years later, in 1997, Paul Boyer held the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on the process by which molecules produce ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Read more on Paul Boyer at OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. In addition, view a sampling of Boyer’s documents and related research and access additional related Web sites about Boyer’s work. DOE RD Accomplishments is a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE RD that have had significant economic impact, have improved people’s lives, or have been widely recognized as a remarkable advance in science.

Released February 16, 2007

  • Science.gov 4.0 Launched

    Science.gov launched Version 4.0 in San Francisco on Friday, February 16, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting . This latest version deploys DeepRank, which allows search and relevancy ranking across full text of documents when full text is available. In addition, Science.gov 4.0 adds a “refine results” option to narrow returns within a search, as well as an “e-mail results” feature so that individuals may e-mail important science information to themselves, friends and family, or colleagues. Version 4.0 offers more ways to view search results: by title, author or date, as well as by relevancy rank or source, as in earlier versions. OSTI hosts Science.gov, the interagency portal to federal scientific databases and Web sites. [
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Posted February 6, 2007

  • OSTI to Participate in Nano Workshop in Oak Ridge

    OSTI will participate in the Informatics Needs for Nanomaterials Workshop being held February 8-9, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The workshop is hosted by Informatics Research Library in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and is the first of a series of workshops to address the informatics needs in nanotechnology. OSTI Director Walt Warnick will give a presentation, “Speeding Up Nano Progress Using Information Diffusion.” Participants include researchers from universities, federal facilities and industry, and leaders in the field of nanotechnology, including representatives of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office in Arlington, Virginia; the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences; and the Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory for the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

Posted January 23, 2007

  • Global Science Gateway Agreement Signed in London

    A Statement of Intent (215-KB PDF) to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway was signed Sunday, January 21, by Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science of the U.S. Department of Energy, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library .

    DOE Under Secretary for Science Dr. Raymond L. Orbach (right) and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive, the British Library, signed a statement of intent to partner in the development of a global science gateway
    Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science, and Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library sign a Statement of Intent to partner in the development of a searchable global science gateway.

    The gateway would eventually make science information resources of many nations accessible via a single Internet portal. The signing ceremony was held at the British Library in London, England, in conjunction with the Winter Meeting of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) . Invitations to other nations to join the partnership were extended. OSTI is the Energy Department’s representative to ICSTI. OSTI will take the lead in developing a Science.world prototype by the end of 2007. The U.S. science gateway, Science.gov, is anticipated as the first U.S. contribution to Science.world. OSTI hosts and has operated Science.gov since its inception in 2002. [You may be directed to non-federal databases or Web sites. OSTI is not responsible for the content, design, format, or maintenance of these pages.]

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Posted January 23, 2007

Posted January 9, 2007

  • OSTI Sends Solar Energy Info to Public

    The sun’s heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed in many ways. You can read more and find a wide range of solar energy information through OSTI’s Solar Energy Web page. Sun From educational materials to radiation resource information, OSTI has pulled together one-stop access to Department of Energy solar energy resources, as well as a listing of featured documents on solar energy research. DOE has played a major role in solar energy research and development. As a result of solar RD, the “cost of solar energy has been reduced 100-fold over the past two decades” (from DOE’s Making Solar Energy More Affordable). OSTI’s Solar Energy page is part of OSTI’s DOE RD Accomplishments Web site. Technical reports on solar energy are available through OSTI’s Information Bridge. For additional featured solar information, visit OSTI’s RD Nuggets page.

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