Tuesday, January 12, 2010

US Department of Energy Database Workshop at UF

US Department of Energy Database Workshop
Monday, January 25
9:00 am - 12:00 noon
University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries
Library West, Room 211
Cost: Free to all

Tim Byrne with the Office of Scientific and Technical Information for the US Department of Energy will be leading a three-hour hands-on workshop on the US Department of Energy resources.

The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) produces a number of databases and federated search products for accessing scientific and technical information. The databases contain the research reports done by employees, contractors and grantees of the Department of Energy and its predecessor agencies, the Atomic Energy Commission and the Energy Research and Development Administration, as well as other energy related information. These databases include the Information Bridge, Energy Citations Database, DOepatents, DOE R&D Accomplishments, and DOE R&D Project Summaries.

OSTI is also a leader in the development of federated search tools to provide access to scientific databases inaccessible to internet search engines. Three such products that search various scientific databases and repositories in support of DOE research are the E-Print Network, Science Conference Proceedings, and EnergyFiles. Federated search tools that cover federal science agencies include Science.gov and Federal R&D Project Summaries. WorldWideScience.org provides access to scientific and technical information from over sixty foreign countries.

Two OSTI products that provide access to federal government science education materials are ScienceLab and the recently launched ScienceEducation.gov. This workshop will introduce participants to all of these resources. Some of the products will receive more detailed coverage in terms of how to achieve the best search results.

Tim Byrne has been with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information in Oak Ridge, Tennessee since November 2007. Prior to that time, he gained a great deal of experience with OSTI databases and DOE technical reports during 23 years at the University of Colorado at Boulder where he was the Head of the Government Publications Library and Regional Depository Librarian. The CU Government Publications Library contains one of the largest technical report collections in the country. Over the years, he has made numerous presentations at national and state conferences on issues relating to government information, federal depository libraries and technical reports. Topics have included digitization, permanent public access of electronic documents, training of non-depository librarians, depository library basics, regional depositories, and cataloging of government publications.

There are only 19 seats available so reserve your place soon. To register email solarcycle@uflib.ufl.edu with your name, phone number, email address, and affiliation.

For parking and directions please refer to the University of Florida Campus Map at http://campusmap.ufl.edu/. The workshop will take place in Library West (LBW). Visitor parking is located under the UF Bookstore Welcome Center (BWC). More detailed parking information can be found at http://www.parking.ufl.edu/.

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