December 5, 2007
Making Science More Accessible and Useful
Oak Ridge, TN – The science gateway that makes science information more accessible and useful to researchers, teachers, and learners wherever they are located commemorated its 5th Anniversary today.
"Science.gov has made the nation's research and development easier to find and more useful and fun to explore," said Eleanor Frierson, Deputy Director of the National Agricultural Library and co-chair of the Science.gov Alliance, the interagency group that created Science.gov.
Founded December 5, 2002, in response to the profound effect of the World Wide Web on science communications, Science.gov (www.science.gov) connected citizens to science as never before. Today, Science.gov Version 4.0 is available and searches more than 50 million pages of science information from thousands of Web sites as well as from deep Web databases inaccessible by Google and other popular search engines.
Tom Lahr, Deputy Associate Chief Biologist for Information, U.S. Geological Survey, and co-chair of the Science.gov Alliance, noted that "each consecutive version of Science.gov has offered a giant step forward in technology, content and collaborative achievements." Science.gov was the first "one stop" real-time search for federal science information, the first government science search engine to rank results for relevancy, and the first to create weekly science alerts from these authoritative sources. The Alliance implemented precision search across full-text documents, offered a "refine results" option, as well as a convenient way to sort results. "This was all groundbreaking work among participating agencies," said Lahr.
At Science.gov, a single query allows users to search the surface Web as well as the deep Web, where traditional search engines typically cannot go. The information is free and no registration is required.
Hosted by the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI, www.osti.gov), Science.gov is the gateway to reliable science and technology information from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies: the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, and the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Printing Office, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation, with support from the National Archives and Records Administration. These agencies represent 97 percent of the federal R&D budget.
Science.gov is the USA.gov portal to science, and is supported by CENDI (www.cendi.gov), an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers.