The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has, ever since the Manhattan project, been responsible for stewardship of DOE-related research results, which it makes available for free to scientists, researchers, and the public. The OSTI blog was started last November to share personal perspectives of OSTI employees. Recently, the blog was expanded to include a technology thread. OSTI’s use of technology, much of it based on federated search, should be of interest to readers of this blog.
Due to my familiarity with OSTI technology (from five years of helping to develop and support OSTI products through my relationship with this blog’s sponsor, Deep Web Technologies), I was asked to write for the technology thread, being the sole author of some articles and collaborating author on others.
OSTI pioneered the use of federated search in the federal government in 2002, with the deployment of Science.gov 1.0. Science.gov currently federates research findings from 14 organizations within 10 major agencies. Given how well Science.gov was received by researchers and the public, and OSTI’s commitment to advancing science, OSTI has created a number of other federated search applications, modeled after early and later generations of Science.gov. These include Science Accelerator, WorldWideScience.org, the E-print Network, and others.
I’ve solely or collaboratively authored a number of articles in the OSTI blog’s technology thread. These include:
- The Role of Federated Search at OSTI
- Sophisticated Yet Simple – The Technology Behind OSTI’s E-print Network: Part 1
- Sophisticated Yet Simple – The Technology Behind OSTI’s E-print Network: Part 2
- Sophisticated Yet Simple – The Technology Behind OSTI’s E-print Network: Part 3
- Federated Search – The Wave of the Future: Part 1
- Federated Search – The Wave of the Future: Part 2
- Federated Search – The Wave of the Future: Part 3