The Department of Energy 's (DOE ) Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. It's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI ), 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.
OSTI has launched SciTech Connect, a new portal to free, publicly available DOE research and development (R&D) results. It is a new resource to help increase access to science, technology and engineering research information from DOE and its predecessor agencies.
SciTech Connect incorporates the contents of two of the most popular core DOE collections. SciTech Connect contains all the full-text documents and citations previously found in Information Bridge ( launched as a free public access database in April 1998 ) and Energy Citations Database ( created in 2001 as free public database ). Both these databases will be phased out by Sept. 2013.
SciTech Connect includes technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data information sponsored by DOE through a grant, contract, cooperative agreement, or similar type of funding mechanism from the 1940s to today. This collection continues to grow as new scientific and technical information resulting from DOE research becomes available.
A new feature of SciTech Connect is deployment of semantic search, an innovative technology to radically improve the quality and relevance of search results. This means that SciTech Connect accepts keyword-based queries and returns concept-mapped queries as in a taxonomy. A search term is mapped to other associated terms, including narrower and related concepts. This provides broader, relevant results based on the logical relationships among the terms used.
For searches in which a user only wishes to look for a specific term or phrase, an "advance search" is available that does not expand the search with semantic connections.
SciTech Connect also includes a number of other features, including basic and advanced search; faceting; in-document search; word clouds; and personalization which allows users to save searches, define alerts based on saved searches and create and manage document libraries.
OSTI's new portal will enable scientists, researchers and the scientifically- attentive public to retrieve more relevant information and make more DOE and federal science information, accessible to more people more conveniently than ever before.