A Review of Reports on Selected Large Federal Science Facilities
Management and Life-Cycle Issues
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The federal government operates several large-scale research facilities that enable scientific inquiry in a range of fields, including physics, material sciences, astronomy, and, increasingly, the life sciences. This study was designed to help the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) address the issues surrounding the planning, operation, and management of selected large scientific facilities and to identify key areas in need of oversight or coordination by OSTP. A research team in RAND's Science and Technology Policy Institute reviewed 20 documented studies of major science facilities or guides for their operation and drew conclusions based on the findings and recommendations of the expert panels that produced the reviewed documents. The information presented here represents the research team's synthesis of those documents. The authors identify lessons that would be of value to the federal government as it builds, manages, and retires large scientific facilities.
Table of Contents
All Prefatory Materials
Synthesis of the Reviewed Documents' Findings and Recommendations
General Management Guidelines and Reports
Department of Energy: Opportunity to Improve Management of Major System Acquisitions
Facility Project Implementation Handbook
Cooperative Stewardship: Managing the Nation's Multidisciplinary User Facilities for Research with Synchrotron Radiation, Neutrons, and High Magnetic Fields
Characteristics of Successful Megaprojects
Science and Engineering Infrastructure for the 21st Century: The Role of the National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation Facilities Management and Oversight Guide
Reports on Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Hubble Space Telescope
The Decade of Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics
HST and Beyond-Exploration and the Search for Origins: A Vision for Ultraviolet-Opticalinfrared Space Astronomy
Hubble Second Decade Committee: The Hubble Data Archive and the Hubble Treasury Program
Reports on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory
Reports on the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
Reports on Neutron Scatters
Neutron Sources for America's Future
Report of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee on Neutron Source Facility Upgrades and the Technical Specifications for the Spallation Neutron Source
High Flux Isotope Reactor Upgrade and User Program-Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Report on the Status and Needs of Major Neutron Scattering Facilities and Instruments in the United States
Reports on Synchrotron Light Sources
Major Facilities for Materials Research and Related Disciplines
Report of the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee Panel on Doe Synchrotron Radiation Sources and Science
Synchrotron Radiation for Macromolecular Crystallography
Biological Applications of Synchrotron Radiation: An Evaluation of the State of the Field in 2002
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