December 23, 2005
Oak Ridge, TN – The Office of Scientific and Technical Information's Sharon Jordan and Valerie Allen were recently cited for their central roles in the creation and ongoing development of Science.gov, a federal science Web portal.
Jordan, Assistant Director of Program Integration for OSTI, and Allen, Product Manager of Science.gov — along with Jean Bowers, National Technical Information Service and Ken Lanfear, U.S. Geological Survey — received the second annual Award of Meritorious Service, given by CENDI, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers from 12 U.S. federal agencies.
According to the news release, the team has been central to the creation and ongoing development of this federal science portal (www.science.gov). Version 3.0 of Science.gov was launched in November with a sophisticated method for ranking science queries across 30 deep Web scientific databases and 1,800 Web sites.
CENDI presents the Award of Meritorious Service annually to an individual or team who has made a noteworthy contribution to CENDI and to federal interagency cooperation. Through this award, CENDI recognizes the Science.gov team for its work to create a tool that provides online public access to a wealth of government science information without regard to agency of origin. Science.gov advances the President's management agenda to make the results of the federal government's investment in scientific research much easier for the public to access.
Dr. Walter Warnick, chair of CENDI and director of OSTI, said that "CENDI's credo has long been to make sure science information is shared." He added, "Science.gov is a shining example of that effort, and we are proud to honor these team members for their outstanding accomplishments."
Dr. Elliot Siegel, Associate Director for Health Information Programs Development at the National Library of Medicine, and chair of the CENDI awards program, noted the group's leadership and commitment to developing Science.gov. "Because of the team's extraordinary efforts, Science.gov has emerged as an important tool for promoting science literacy and empowering our nation's citizens with ready access to the billions of dollars of research and development funded each year by the federal government."
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