Alliance Providing Global Access to World Science

Thomas F. Lahr
U.S. Geological Survey
(CODATA 2008, Kyiv, Ukraine)
October 2008

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    Providing Global Access to World Science: Overcoming
    Standards Challenges Through Federated Search

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    Thomas F. Lahr US Geological Survey
    Reston, VA USA
    Co-Chair, US Alliance
    Alternate US Representative, Alliance

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    There is a need to find national scientific and technical information quickly and easily, but information is dispersed across thousands of web sites ("Surface Web") in addition to being found within databases or portals ("Deep Web").

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    Surface Web vs Deep Web 2005

    • Size: Estimated to be 8+ billion (Google) to 45 billion ( web pages
    • Static, crawlable web pages
    • Large amounts of unfiltered information
    • Limited to what is easily found by search engines
    • Size: Estimated to be 5 to 500 times larger (BrightPlanet)
    • Dynamically generated content that lives inside databases
    • High-quality, managed, subject-specific content
    • Growing faster than surface web (BrightPlanet)

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    National Science Portals Collaboration and Coordination

    • 2004 Vascoda (Germany) and (US) and KISTI (Korea) Discussions and Meetings
    • 2005 and 2006 IFLA Norway Korea – Ad Hoc Meetings of National Science Portals (hosted by GIOPS)
    • June 2006 ICSTI Meeting Washington DC
        • Frierson - "National Science Portals: New Potential Partnerships for Global Discovery"
        • Warnick - "" Portal
        • ICSTI Science Portals Forum Proposed

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    ICSTI Science Portals Forum Proposal

    1. Organize and host 2 meetings
    2. Create a summary matrix comparing national and international science portals to identify key characteristics and issues
    3. Mobilize a proof of concept trial for a "cross science" portals search
    4. Develop a plan of action

    ICSTI Immediately funded 1 and 2

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    1. Organize and host 2 meetings

    January 2007 - ICSTI winter meeting in London
    June 2007 - ICSTI meeting Nancy

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    2. Create a summary matrix comparing national and international science portals to identify key characteristics and issues

    • What is a portal?
    • How to define scope and coverage
    • Intellectual property rights management
    • Search techniques- browse taxonomies, site searching, deep web, metadata, data, publications Languages
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    US DOE/BL Agreement

    In January 2007 the US Department of Energy and the British Library agreed to partner to develop a global science gateway to accelerate scientific discovery

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    June 2007 demonstration
    • 12 databases/10 countries
    • Invited others to join in developing governance documents-Feb 2008

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    How Does the WorldWide Science Gateway work?

    The approach is to capitalize on existing “federated search” technology to search collections of science information distributed across the globe.
    This enables much-needed access to both prominent as well as smaller, less well-known sources of highly valuable science.
    Users simply submit a single query into the search engine to launch simultaneous searching of the databases and portals of participating nations.
    Results are returned in relevance-ranked order.

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    WorldWideScience Alliance

    • June 12, 2008 Seoul, Korea signing ceremony for this multilateral alliance
    • 11 founding member organizations
    • Representing 38 countries
    • ICSTI is sponsor
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    WorldWideScience Alliance Signing Ceremony
    12th June 2008 in COEX intercontinental Hotel Seoul, Korea

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    Current National Partners in

    The Netherlands
    New Zealand
    South Africa
    United Kingdom
    United States

  • CODATA 2008, Kyiv, Ukraine Databases and Portals

    African Journals Online
    Australian Antarctic Data Centre
    Bangladesh Journals Online (BanglaJOL)
    Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
    Catalogue of the TIB, German National Library of Science & Technolgy (TIBKat)
    CSIR Research Space (South Africa)
    Czech Academy of Sciences Repository 
    Defence Research and Development Canada (Canada)
    DEFF Global E Prints (Denmark)
    DEFF Research Database (Denmark)
    Digital Repository Service at National Institute of Oceanography (India)
    Directory of Open Access Journals (Sweden)
    Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC) (United Kingdom)
    Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDEWEB)
    Indian Academy of Sciences
    Indian Institute of Science Eprints
    Indian Institute of Science Theses & Dissertations
    Indian Medlars Centre INIST (France)
    J-EAST (Japan)
    J-STAGE (Japan)
    J-STORE (Japan)
    NARCIS (Netherlands)
    National Library of the Czech Republic Manuscriptorium  
    Nepal Journals Online (NepJOL)
    Norwegian Open Research Archives (NORA)
    Philippines Journals Online (PhilJOL) (United States)
    Scientific Electronic Library Online (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Venezuela)
    Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand 1868-1961 (New Zealand)
    UK PubMed Central (United Kingdom)
    Vascoda (Germany)
    Vietnam Journals Online (VJOL)
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland-Publications (Finland)
    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland-Research (Finland)

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    A rapidly growing gateway to
    scientific and technical information
    databases and portals around the world.
    Thank You!

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