Cathey Daniels, OSTI, (865) 576-9539
Friday, June 11, 2010
WorldWideScience.org Goes Multilingual
OAK RIDGE, TN - Now you can find non-English scientific literature from databases in China, Russia, France, and several Latin American countries and have your search results translated into one of nine languages. With the beta launch today (view the Office of Science announcement) of Multilingual WorldWideScience.org, real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed collections of scientific literature is possible. This new capability is the result of an international public-private partnership between the WorldWideScience.org Alliance and Microsoft Research, whose translation technology has been paired with the federated searching technology of Deep Web Technologies.
Microsoft Research Corporate Vice-President Tony Hey said, "We are extremely pleased to have our Microsoft Translator technology used with WorldWideScience. Built at Microsoft Research, this translation technology already provides translations to millions of users. Partnering with WorldWideScience is an opportunity to advance science across language barriers and improve scientific discovery."
While a large share of scientific literature is published in English, vast quantities of high-quality science are recorded in languages where the research is performed, and the pace of non-English scientific publishing is increasing. Multilingual WorldWideScience.orgBETA will benefit the English-speaking science community, enabling searching and translation of non-English sources. It will also benefit native speakers of other major languages (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian) by translating search results into the user's language of choice. More languages will be added in the coming months.
Multilingual WorldWideScience.orgBETA was officially launched at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) annual conference held in Helsinki, Finland.
Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information within the Office of Science, emphasized both the "open government" aspects and the potential for accelerating scientific discovery with the addition of multilingual translations across nationally-sponsored R&D results and other science. OSTI serves as operating agent for WorldWideScience.org. WorldWideScience Alliance Chairman, Richard Boulderstone from the British Library, noted that WorldWideScience.org has become "the world's most important scientific resource, where the global science community can share knowledge."
WorldWideScience.org was formally launched in 2007 with federated searching of 12 databases in 10 countries. Through early 2010, it had grown to search national scientific databases in 65 countries, covering some 400 million pages of science. In addition to other WorldWideScience Alliance members, key partner organizations taking part in the ceremony included the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China), and ICSTI.
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