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The NASA STI Program

Scientific and Technical Information Program (STI) The NASA Scientific and Technical Information (STI) Program is a critical component in the worldwide activity of scientific and technical aerospace research and development. The NASA STI Program acquires, processes, archives, announces, and disseminates NASA STI and acquires worldwide STI of critical importance to NASA and the Nation.

Collected from U.S. and international sources, STI is organized according to content prior to being added to the NASA STI Repository (NTRS) launch . The STI Repository is a world-class collection of STI that includes over 4.3 million metadata records and over 500K full-text documents.

The NASA STI Program uses the Scientific, Technical and Research Information discoVEry System (STRIVES) to standardize STI submission, review and approval across all 10 NASA field centers.

STI Program Mission

  • Supports the advancement of aerospace knowledge
  • Contributes to U.S. competitiveness in aerospace research and development (R&D) by helping to show the value of R&D funding and accomplishment
  • Implement R&D policy and align procedures with U.S. laws and NASA organizational requirements
  • Collects STI from all NASA centers

What is STI?

STI (scientific and technical information) is defined as a paper, abstract, journal article, presentation, etc. that contains and delivers the results (the analyses of the data, facts, and resulting conclusions) of basic and applied scientific, technical and related engineering research and development.

Types of STI