Oak Ridge, TN - The DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) announced today a new tool in scientific discovery technology. Now citizens and researchers alike can search for both written and spoken words in a whole range of media using OSTI's new, speech-indexed multimedia within large scientific search portals. To this point, online searches for scientific information have been limited to text, such as within scientific papers. The new development uses unique speech-recognition search technology in combination with OSTI's two federated search portals, ScienceAcceleator.gov and WorldWideScience.org, which search a wide range of DOE and worldwide databases, respectively. This vastly extends the reach of federated searching and could lead to new connections and new breakthroughs. More
"WorldWideScience.org (WWS) is a global science gateway developed by the US Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) in partnership with federated search vendor Deep Web Technologies. WWS provides a simultaneous live search of 69 databases from government and government-sanctioned organizations from 66 participating nations. The WWS portal plays a leading role in bringing together the world's scientists to accelerate the discoveries needed to solve the planet's most pressing problems. In this paper we present a brief history of the development of WWS and discuss how a new technology, multilingual federated search, greatly increases WWS' ability to facilitate the advancement of science."
– Abe Lederman, Walter Warnick, Brian Hitson, Lorrie Johnson
OAK RIDGE, TN - Now you can find non-English scientific literature from databases in China, Russia, France, and several Latin American countries and have your search results translated into one of nine languages. With the beta launch today (view the Office of Science announcement) of Multilingual WorldWideScience.org, real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed collections of scientific literature is possible. This new capability is the result of an international public-private partnership between the WorldWideScience.org Alliance and Microsoft Research, whose translation technology has been paired with the federated searching technology of Deep Web Technologies. More
"INIS joined the World Wide Science Organization and has made its database searchable also through their web portal. This sole action doubled the number of INIS database searches, improved its presence in the world of science and increased its usefulness to the scientific and technical community. " - Dobrica Savic, INIS
"Another important factor which has helped improve INIS visibility, and therefore its usage, is INIS’ inclusion in the World Wide Science (WWS) website; INIS has become one of the resources searched within WWS. " - Taghrid Atieh, INIS
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Ireland's Health Service Executive (HSE) has recently joined the WorldWideScience Alliance. HSE's health repository, LENUS, can now be searched through WorldWideScience.org. LENUS provides full text access to health information from Ireland. Examples of topics covered in LENUS include cardiovascular disease, health policy, occupational health and safety, and women's health.
WorldWideScience.org provides access to over 60 scientific and technical databases from around the world. Through the use of federated search technology, users have a single point of access to more than 400 million pages of science information.
Ottawa, Canada Government officials today formalized the addition of the People's Republic of China as the most recent member of the WorldWideScience Alliance. The signing ceremony was held in Ottawa, Canada. The addition of the Chinese database, from the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China, means that WorldWideScience.org, the global science gateway, now searches science and technology research and development results from 80 percent of the world's population. The multilateral WorldWideScience Alliance was established in June 2008 to govern this rapidly growing online gateway to international scientific research information.
WorldWideScience.org uses federated search engine technology to provide a single point of Internet search and retrieval for vast quantities of geographically-dispersed science and technology information - information which is generally not accessible to conventional search engines. The growth of WorldWideScience.org, since its prototype debut in 2007 has been dramatic, rapidly evolving from 10 countries to 56 countries and 375 million pages of science information today. In the Ottawa ceremony, Chinese and WorldWideScience.org officials signed a statement, saying, "We commit ourselves to a long-term vision for enabling and accelerating scientific discovery through unique and innovative use of federated searching and other technologies." The ceremony was held in conjunction with the 2009 conference of the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI), which serves as a primary sponsor of the WorldWideScience Alliance.
Taking part in the signing ceremony were Wang Rongfang, Chinese Embassy in Canada, and WorldWideScience Alliance Executive Board Members Richard Boulderstone (Chair), The British Library; Pam Bjornson (Vice Chair), Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information; Walt Warnick (Operating Agent), OSTI; and Herbert Gruttemeier (ICSTI President), French National Institute of Scientific and Technical Information.
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KoreaMed, a product similar to PubMed, was recently added to WorldWideScience.org. KoreaMed provides access to articles published in Korean medical journals from the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE). Coverage goes back to approximately 1997.
The International Science and Technology Center (ISTC), a database containing approximately 5,000 project summaries of research taking place in Russia and several former Soviet states, has also been added to WorldWideScience.org. Established by international agreement in 1992, the Parties to ISTC are Canada, the United States, the European Union, Japan, Norway, and South Korea (funding Parties), as well as Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan (recipient Parties).
The People's Republic of China has joined the WorldWideScience Alliance – the multilateral governance structure for the global science gateway, WorldWideScience.org. WorldWideScience.org is intended to accelerate international scientific progress by serving as a single, sophisticated point of access for diverse scientific resources and expertise from nations around the world. The addition of China is a notable milestone, as it is a major global contributor to scientific knowledge. Read the press release.
Officials from organizations representing 38 countries gathered recently in Seoul, Korea to formalize their commitment to sustain and build upon the online gateway to the world’s science information. The Alliance (see DOE press release) was formed to establish a multilateral governance structure. WorldWideScience.org enables anyone with Internet access to launch a single-query search of 32 national scientific databases and portals from 44 countries, covering six continents and nearly half of the world’s population. Users of WorldWideScience.org can search more than 200 million pages of science and technology information not typically accessible through popular search engines. more
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Science from Finland, Sweden and Korea can now be found at WorldWideScience.org, the global gateway to science. This brings the total to 32 sources from 44 countries that can be searched. The new sources include the VTT Publications Register and VTT Research Register (from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland), the Directory of Open Access Journals (managed by Lunds University in Sweden), and KoreaScience (from the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information). Visit WorldWideScience.org and click on the interactive map to view science sources from every inhabited continent.
WorldWideScience Alliance Stakeholders held the formative meeting of the Alliance on February 5, 2008 in Paris, France. The meeting provided a concentrated opportunity to review and revise the Terms of Reference (ToR). A nomination and voting period for elected officer positions will take place in April.
Four important science information sources from India have been added to WorldWideScience.org. The Indian Academy of Sciences, the Indian Institute of Science Eprints, the Indian Institute of Science Theses & Dissertations and the Indian Medlars Centre are now available through the global science gateway, making a total of 28 sources from 18 countries searchable via a single query. The addition of India effectively doubled the percentage of the world's population represented in the searches of WorldWideScience.org. The goal of the gateway is to make the world’s science readily available to researchers and citizens. WorldWideScience.org is maintained by OSTI, which makes R&D findings available and useful to advance discovery.