Heath O’Connell, head of the Core Computing Division Information Resources Department, was recently recognized by the Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) for “continued progress in increasing public access to the scientific achievements of your scientists and researchers.”
In 2013, the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy began requiring federal science agencies such as Fermilab to increase public access to journal articles and accepted papers that result from federal research funding. DOE has since implemented a Public Access Plan, which ensures the public has access to the published results of DOE-funded research.
In addition to O’Connell, Kathryn Duerr heads the Technical Publications program, supported by Kathy Saumell, and Melissa Clegg pushes the publications through to OSTI using INSPIRE. As noted by OSTI Director Brian Hitson, O’Connell and staff members in the Information Resource Department have done an exceptional job in making lab publications accessible to the public.
“Fermilab continues to be a leader among DOE labs in enabling public access to the accepted manuscripts by its DOE-funded authors,” Histon wrote. At the end of FY18, more than 88 percent of FY18 and 93 percent of FY17 publications were publicly accessible.
“Heath has continually demonstrated a thorough understanding of DOE’s STI Program and public access and a commitment to ensuring STI management responsibilities are communicated across the lab. We greatly appreciate his efforts.”