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“Documents obtained by InvestigateWest identify at least 46 reports from almost every program within the U.S. Energy Department’s energy efficiency and renewables office and seven national labs that have been stalled, downgraded or spiked.”
DoE’s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) shut down without comment. Data in preservation danger
This is terrible. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has summarily shut down the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as of 10/1/2016. CDIAC is the primary climate change data and information analysis center for DOE. CDIAC is supported by DOE’s Climate and Environmental Sciences Division within the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER).
A friend reports that CDIAC has limited funding and is trying to save its data in the NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC). There has been no outside comment and neither DOE nor ORNL have yet to issue a press release.
NOTICE: CDIAC as currently configured and hosted by ORNL will cease operations on September 30, 2017. Data will continue to be available through this portal until that time. Data transition plans are being developed with DOE to ensure preservation and availability beyond 2017.
ON a recent Govdoc-l thread about searching for technical reports (which I *love* as a member of the TRAIL network!), someone mentioned the OpenNet database. I hadn’t heard of this resource, so went searching. Turns out that OpenNet is a database of declassified documents and records from the Department of Energy, very handy for technical and scientific information. Here’s how they describe it:
The OpenNet database provides easy, timely access to over 485,000 bibliographic references and 140,000 recently declassified documents, including information declassified in response to Freedom of Information Act requests. In addition to these documents, OpenNet references older document collections from several DOE sources. This database is updated regularly as more information becomes available.
Well, that piqued my interest, since I thought my library might get OpenNet documents into our catalog as part of OSTI’s MARC records batch downloads of ScitechConnect materials. I contacted OSTI to see and here’s the response I got:
Technically, OpenNet is not an OSTI resource. OSTI produces the product on contract for the DOE Office of History and Heritage Resources. OSTI’s products contain scientific and technical information and OpenNet’s content is declassified material. There is some overlap between the two. If an STI report was initially classified and later declassified, it should appear in both. However, there is a lot of correspondence, notes, and other “unpublished” stuff in OpenNet and some of it might contain STI that won’t appear in SciTech Connect due to the format of the material. So there are declassified reports that appear in both databases and will have MARC records. The majority of the OpenNet records are not considered STI and will not be in SciTech Connect and have MARC records.
So there you have it. I recommend that all libraries catalog OpenNet for their databases pages!
Check your links! The U.S. Department of Energy has redesigned its website, energy.gov:
- A New Look for Energy.gov, by Cammie Croft, Energy Blog (January 10, 2011).
One feature of the new site is the “Vintage DOE,” a result of “sifting through the DOE archive,” and described as “a new series on the Energy Blog that not only highlights an interesting item in DOE’s archive, but gives us an opportunity to discuss the Energy Department’s mission and current work on the same topic.” I’m not sure if that means that they are removing items from their site and featuring only selective items from their “archive” or what. Better check your links!
The Oak Ridge Associated Universities ([w:Oak Ridge National Laboratory] is the DOE’s largest energy laboratory) has put together a Nuclear Slide Rule online exhibit (part of the Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Collection). Mr jalopy points out that it’s “staggering to think of a world with nuclear bombs but no pocket calculators.”
[Thanks Dinosaurs and Robots for the heads up!]