Searching US Military Related Documents?

August 2011, Number 124

No security clearance required. Free search capabilities.

For unclassified military documents and technical reports from government funded projects, try searching DTIC Online.

The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) “serves the DoD community as the largest central resource for DoD and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information available today.” While some
sensitive and classified information may be available only to eligible users, anyone can search DTIC Online and read or download publically accessible information.

Content includes:

>Over 2 million technical reports, with 25,000 to 30,000 new reports added annually

>Research Summaries from over 303,000 ongoing and completed defense department research and technology efforts

DTIC includes documents on aviation technology, agriculture, biological and medical sciences, earth sciences, military sciences, biotechnology, communications, and 18 other broad subject areas.

For example, a quick search on ‘alternative fuels’ yielded over 20,000 hits, but a menu of related search keywords makes it easy to narrow the findings. I clicked on renewable alternatives. The top three reports addressed algae-based jet fuel, solar power adapters, and decision analysis for alternative fuels.

The search interface links directly to the full text. To access the DTIC Online Public database, simply enter your search terms in the box at the top of the web page. No
registration is required.

Copyright Compliance Matters

Does your organization actively seek to respect copyrights? Are you aware of the things a company might need to do about copyright compliance?

Recently an up and coming pharmaceutical company contacted us to consult on the matter of including literature references with a Food and Drug Administration filing. What, if any, are the copyright or royalty obligations in this case?

This initiative to respect the intellectual property of others, as they would have others respect their own intellectual property, could lead to reduced risks for this company. Just asking the question demonstrates an admirable interest in
ethical business practices.

Kudos to the decision-makers in this company!

Does your organization have questions about copyright compliance? Call Shamel Information Services.

Shamel Information Services at 858-673-4673.

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