NASA STI Program

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The Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) collects, organizes, preserves, and releases the Agency's scientific and technical information. STI is derived from NASA's research and development efforts and NASA projects, programs, and missions. The program is essential in helping NASA avoid duplication of research, by sharing information to ensure that the U.S. maintains its preeminence in aerospace-related industries and education.[1] Examples of NASA STI include technical papers and reports, contractor reports, conference papers and proceedings, journal articles, presentations, and technical information on websites. NASA STI also includes research information from NASA's predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which dates back to 1915 and transitioned to NASA at the advent of the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (Amended).[2]

Program Management[edit]

The STI Program Office (STIPO) is funded by the NASA Chief Information Officer (CIO) in Washington, DC. The NASA CIO establishes strategic policy and operational measurements for STIPO, which is located at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. In turn, STIPO oversees the NASA Center for AeroSpace Information (CASI), a contractor-operated facility that collects the NASA STI, organizes it into a large database, ensures that it is preserved via the National Archives and Records Administration, and releases the STI or has the STI released through various methods, such as science.gov[3] and USA.gov.[4] The STI Program participates in the collaborative Open Government Initiative[5] and is a member of CENDI,[6] which is a partnership of Federal STI managers.

The STI Program is a critical component in the worldwide activity of scientific and technical aerospace research and development. STIPO's charter exists so that NASA STI is promptly and widely released and available, and can be leveraged by NASA, U.S. businesses, government, the public and international entities. This allows NASA to comply with e-Government regulations.[7]

Management and Dissemination of STI[edit]

STI is collected and then organized by its content prior to being added to the STI Database for global dissemination. This is a world-class collection of STI that includes over 4 million bibliographic records and a growing number of full-text documents.[1] This database has two segments: The NTRS Registered for registered users, and the NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) for publicly available NASA STI.[8]

Accessing the NASA STI Program[edit]

The STI website[9] provides products, services and tools to access and benefit from NASA STI.

  • Search NASA's public STI collections for reports, conference papers, proceedings, journal articles and other technical and peer-reviewed STI through the NTRS.[8] Integrating other sources, such as NIX (NASA Image Exchange) into its collections, NTRS has:
    • More than 500,000 citations to aerospace STI
    • Over 300,000 full-text documents
    • More than 500,000 images and videos
    • Over 13,000 full-text documents from NASA’s predecessor, NACA
  • Subscribe to daily STI RSS feeds[10] for the latest technical documents in the STI collection.
  • View NASA's subsets of technical imagery and videos through a variety of online media sites[11]
  • Find non-NASA STI, collected from U.S. and international sources that is pertinent to NASA's missions and activities, including information from North Atlantic Treaty Organization's NATO Research and Technology Organisation. This STI can be found in the NA&SD, the segment of NASA's STI collection that is for registered users.
  • Locate publishing tools such as the "NASA Publications Guide for Authors"[12] and the popular guide, NASA SP-7084, "Grammar, Punctuation and Capitalization: A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors,"[13] as well as the NASA Thesaurus and the NASA Scope and Subject Category Guide.[14]
  • Learn about and better understand NASA's technical accomplishments via its annual premier publication Spinoff (NASA spin-off)[15] and the Spinoff database of successfully commercialized NASA technology.[16]


From the NASA STI collection to the desktop

Screen shot of NTRS record display after database search
Screen shot of resulting PDF from NTRS database search
Screen shots showing a record display after searching the NTRS database, followed by the resulting PDF document that is available to download directly from the NTRS.


Connecting with Users[edit]

In addition to the STI website,[9] NASA CASI uses social media to foster awareness of the STI Program’s activities and latest acquisitions. CASI’s presence on Facebook,[17] Twitter,[18] and YouTube[19] has proven to be a vital use of these tools to help STIPO teach users how to access and benefit from its services. Another way the NASA STI Program keeps in touch with users is through its blog postings.[20]

See also[edit]

NASA STI homepage

NASA Spinoff

NASA Spinoff website
NASA Spinoff website


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