Senior Advisor for Public Access
National Science Foundation
OSTI Assistant Director for Applications Development and Operations
Department of Energy
Over the past six years, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have engaged in a close collaboration on developing and managing networked information content. In 2014, the US National Science Foundation began implementing requirements of the February 22, 2013, memorandum from the Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to the heads of federal agencies titled, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research.” NSF’s Public Access plan describes the actions it took to meet the memo’s requirements, including making copies of scholarly publications resulting from NSF awards available to the public free of charge within 12 months of publication. In implementing its public access solution, NSF partnered with the DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) to leverage its existing publications repository workflows. This partnership resulted in the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR), which now contains the second largest collection of scholarly publications in the U.S. government. This presentation will provide a history of this successful interagency partnership as well as descriptions of the innovative technical implementation details enabling seamless interoperability between the two agencies’ infrastructure.