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Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE)

Energy research and development (R&D) is a major investment for many countries around the world. For the participating entities in the Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) agreement, this investment, which exceeds US$10 billion annually, supports the work of tens of thousands of scientists, researchers, and engineers.  The direct results of this research are documented in hundreds of thousands of reports, conference papers, journal articles, theses, and more. The R&D cycle has a second 'D' -- Dissemination, which is a critical component of the process. Information dissemination leads to opportunities to improve on sustainable energy practices and even to discovery and innovation. This latter 'D' is what ETDE is all about, ensuring the optimum capture and use of such a massive amount of information. ETDE facilitates the multilateral exchange of such research and policy information and offers advanced dissemination tools to facilitate its use. The visible result of ETDE's efforts is the creation of the world's largest single resource on energy-related science, R&D, sustainable technologies, efficiency/conservation aspects and energy policy, known as the ETDE Energy Database. Policymakers, industry, and the research community have one-stop access to consistently indexed information from around the world, yielding targeted results. For now over 20 years, ETDE has successfully increased awareness and understanding of energy science and technology, fostered technology transfer, helped avoid unnecessary duplication of R&D, and provided a tool to support policy decisions.

Thanks to ETDE's partnerships with other international organizations and work with international publishers, ETDE's coverage goes far beyond just representing researchers in its member countries, making it truly a worldwide database. On the access side, too, ETDE goes beyond its membership. In support of the G8 Plan of Action, database access has been granted by ETDE's Executive Committee to over 50 developing countries around the world since 2004.

January 2007 marked ETDE's 20th anniversary, illustrating longevity and the continued value and synergies of international cooperation.  ETDE's members contribute information regularly on a task-sharing basis to build the ETDE Energy Database, growing the collection made available to users both commercially and through the Internet via ETDEWEB (ETDE World Energy Base), a version of the database providing over 3.9 million citations from 1974 forward. The full texts of hard-to-locate government reports and conference proceedings are also made available electronically when possible, and  the addition of over 500,000 links to specific journal articles at publishers' sites  was  a recent initiative. Since 2006, ETDEWEB offers distributed searching (simultaneous searching of many systems) and alerts capability (notification of new entries added based on specific search criteria). Central operations are funded by member country contributions to a common fund and are guided by an Executive Committee made up of delegates from member countries. For the task-sharing, citations in a common format, including subject indexing and English language abstracts are provided by countries. All in all, ETDE contributes materially to research efficiency by reducing the time required to locate information, reducing duplicated research efforts and helping to establish productive collaborative activities. There are many testimonials that demonstrate these benefits. ETDE integrates other major relevant international energy database  contents into ETDEWEB, including the International Atomic Energy Agency's International Nuclear Information System (INIS) and the Clean Coal Centre.  


Signatories : Brazil | Denmark | Finland | Germany | Korea, Republic of | Mexico | Netherlands | Norway | South Africa | Spain | Sweden | United States |
   
For more information: http://www.etde.org

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