U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Office of Scientific and Technical Information

Global Discovery introduced at AAAS 2006

The Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) was a key participant in the symposium, Global Discovery on the Internet, at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2006 Annual Meeting Feb. 16–20 in St. Louis, MO. The symposium introduced Global Discovery, which promises to increase the pace of science by searching all scientific communities at once for data, information, or methodological advances. "Imagine a Google-like search capability that returns results across the whole of science, giving scientists information on research they didn't even know existed," said Dr. Walter Warnick, director. "Except that this search would go further than traditional search engines. Rather than crawling across indexed information, this search would rapidly probe the world's most comprehensive databases and delve into the world's great scientific laboratories in real time." OSTI is conducting applied research on a number of challenges related to this vision aimed at turning local discovery into Global Discovery. The benefits for researchers, for citizens, and for the U.S. economy could prove far-reaching.