Next Steps for WorldWideScience.org
You've seen a basic demonstration, now up and running, of the power of federated searching across national boundaries. Of course, we won't stop here. Assuming nations want to move this prototype into a sustained, permanent global portal, we need to establish a governance structure. This structure will fulfill the need to make decisions about the system's content, features, availability, and funding.
We could certainly expect that a governing body will want to increase the number of national sources searched. We also anticipate adding non-English sources with a translations capability. And, finally, there are many sources that require some form of user authentication, and we would envision tools that will facilitate authentication to allow for searching of these sources through this portal.