Who they are... The Office of Scientific Investigation and Research-the O.S.I.R.- is a private organization that, among its many activities, scientifically explores incidents which might be paranormal in nature.
While the O.S.I.R. has been in operation for a number of years, it has traditionally preferred to remain low profile. All details about cases- from location of investigations to identities of people involved- are strictly confidential; the reasons range form the potential to violate scientific protocol to respect for the privacy of those affected by the phenomena or incidents. The organization's visibility has been purposely limited to occasionally serving as experts to national television newscasts, news magazine programs, radio and selected newspapers and magazines.
The organization finally agreed to release some of its closed files at the request of host Dan Akroyd, a life long student of the paranormal who wanted to bring his personal interest to television and to those with similar interest. In Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal, fictional dramas have been woven from the essence of selected O.S.I.R. cases - making the series the only such dramatic anthology inspired by actual incidents.
According to the show, The Office of Scientific Investigation and Research has been in exsistance since the late 1960's. One of the Co-founders, Marian Smithwick, still works as a Case Manager at the OSIR today.
Participating in and directing thousands of cases, the OSIR has come accross it's share of hoaxes. Actually, 85% of all cases conducted by the OSIR are proved to be non-paranormal, but it's the 15% that keeps the team intrigued.