OSTI archives scientific data on the Web

The Web is an electronic river of information in constant flux, a place where data changes by the nanosecond. That's one reason the Energy Department's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has set up a partnership with Internet Archive to provide uninterrupted access to more than a million online research papers from OSTI's E-print Network.

The goal of the nonprofit Internet Archive is to build an Internet library that will offer permanent access for researchers, historians and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Internet Archive is also home to the Wayback Machine, a feature that shows what a given Web site looked like at different moments in its history.

OSTI worked with the Internet Archive's archiving service, Archive-It, a Web application that helps harvest, manage, search and preserve collections of archived Web pages.

The OSTI collection is permanently archived at http://www.archiveit.org, where it can be viewed for free by the public. The E-print Network is the largest federal collection that has been preserved through Archive-It.

The E-Print Network accesses more than 25,000 scientific Web sites and contains information created by researchers in chemistry, biology and life sciences, materials science, nuclear sciences and engineering, energy research, and computer and information technologies. Users can browse Web sites, receive alerts, and search and access scientific e-prints, documents that are circulated electronically among researchers.

'Without a way to periodically archive this material, important science content within this ever-growing, ever-changing online, e-print environment could disappear,' said Walter Warnick, director of OSTI.

About the Author

Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.

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