The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has launched the Department of Energy (DOE) National Library of Energy (NLE) beta, a virtual library and open government resource to advance energy literacy, innovation and security. The NLE is a new search tool designed to make it easier for American citizens to find and access information from across the DOE complex nationwide, without knowing DOE's organizational structure.
The NLE virtually integrates information from Energy.gov (the DOE website) and all DOE program offices, national laboratories and other facilities. The NLE search feature provides one-stop, easy access to information in DOE's broad mission areas: science and R&D; energy and technology for industry and homeowners; energy market information and analysis; and nuclear security and environmental management. It also serves as an easy-to-use, transparent platform, enabling unprecedented search and retrieval of DOE's publicly accessible energy expertise.
The NLE search feature is accessible on the Office of Science home page, OSTI home page and is a "featured search and developer tool" on the recently published new DOE resource hub for open energy data. A DOE Blog, "Welcome to Energy.gov/Data," mentions the NLE.
The NLE concept was highlighted as a DOE transparency initiative in the 2010 and 2012 DOE Open Government Plans. The NLE will make all DOE web content and databases accessible, independent of content management system. The NLE's resources will be kept current, with each component updated regularly. On a periodic basis, additional databases and searchable website content will be added (read more).
OSTI, within the DOE Office of Science, is the DOE office that collects, preserves, and disseminates DOE-sponsored R&D results that are the outcomes of R&D projects or other funded activities at DOE labs and facilities nationwide and grantees at universities and other institutions.
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. For more information please visit the Office of Science website.