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Sharon Jordan, OSTI, (865) 576-1194
Frank Juan, DOE, (865) 576-0885
|November 5, 2003|
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. - The Department of Energy’s Office of Science, the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oak Ridge are planning a “Gateway Celebration” for Friday, November 7, to commemorate Science.gov, the Internet portal hosted in Oak Ridge by DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), as the first government portal established for multi-agency science information.
The event, which will begin at 12:00 noon, will be held outside the OSTI facility located at 175 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN.
Oak Ridge Mayor David Bradshaw, Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, Director of DOE’s Office of Science, senior DOE and Oak Ridge National Laboratory management, other agency partners of Science.gov, and additional local dignitaries are scheduled to participate in activities that will include the renaming of Athens Road located adjacent to OSTI to “Science.gov Way.” OSTI’s address will become 1 Science.gov Way.
“This street re-naming ceremony is a wonderful way to
highlight Oak Ridge’s transformation from the ‘secret city’ of the 1940s into
the hub it has become today for information about all federal government
research and development results,” said Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham.
From Science.gov, users can find over 1,700 government
information resources about science. These include technical reports, journal
citations, databases, Federal Web sites, and fact sheets. The information is
all free and no registration is required.
The agencies participating in Science.gov are the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, and Interior; the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the National Science Foundation; the Government Printing Office; and the National Archives and Records Administration.
OSTI houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of energy-related information. This vast national resource, most of it managed electronically, is available to industry, academia, and the general public through the Internet.
OSTI was established in the mid-1940s by the Atomic
Energy Commission, the predecessor agency to DOE, to manage and provide access
to nuclear information generated during the Manhattan Project. Over the
years, the scope has expanded along with the missions of the Energy Research
and Development Administration and the current Energy Department. Under DOE,
the office has been responsible for the Department-wide scientific and
technical information program and covers the various science disciplines of
interest. Today, OSTI represents a valuable national resource, hosting a vast
collection of worldwide scientific research results and providing Web-based
tools and capabilities to make information easily accessible and usable.