DOE expands global science portal

An international science portal co-created by the Energy Department has expanded its scope to include connections to databases and scientific Web sites from more than 44 countries, Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information announced today.

The portal, called WorldWideScience.org, allows users to query more than 200 million science and technology documents not typically indexed by popular search engines. When it debuted in June 2007, it linked to 12 databases from 10 countries.

The newly expanded service now includes 32 national scientific databases and links to portals from 44 countries.

"WorldWideScience.org is'well on its way towards becoming a complete, comprehensive, international source for scientific inquiry," Raymond Orbach, DOE's undersecretary of science, said in a statement. "Unleashing global scientific discovery through WorldWideScience.org will accelerate scientific progress."

Energy and the British Library first struck an agreement to establish the portal in January 2007. Other founding members include the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information, South Africa's Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, German National Library of Science and Technology, France's Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique, Japanese Science and Technology Agency, Korean Institute of Science and Technology Information, and Finland's VTT Technical Research Centre.

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