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

 


December 5, 2012


Science.gov: Still Strong, Growing in 10th Anniversary Year


Washington, DC - Science.gov, known for its groundbreaking search and retrieval of government science information, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. Through federated one-stop search of U.S. government science information, the portal offers free access to research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies.

Science.gov was the first government science search engine to rank results for relevancy in real time and was a pioneer in precision searching across full-text documents. In addition, over the past 10 years the number of pages available at Science.gov has grown from 47 million to over 200 million; the number of scientific databases made accessible has increased by 30 percent; and the annual page views now top 34 million, a 45-fold increase from the earliest days.

Science.gov continues to grow and evolve to serve users even better. This year alone, Science.gov added multimedia content, an updated interface with enhanced navigation, visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format. And Science.gov Mobile made two Top Ten federal government applications lists in June 2012.

Science.gov includes key DOE research and development (R&D) databases of full-text documents, citations, patents, e-prints, accomplishments, multimedia, data, software and more, all covered in the DOE Science Accelerator. It also searches information offered by other R&D agencies. Users need not know ahead of time which agency has produced what information to find what they are looking for.

"From its earliest days, Science.gov has broken new ground in voluntary interagency collaboration to advance transparency and open government," said Dr. Bill Brinkman, Director of the Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science. "Through Science.gov, OSTI is working to get DOE science results out to the scientific community and beyond and ensure other federal agencies' R&D gets into the hands of DOE researchers."

The interagency Science.gov Alliance, which governs Science.gov, includes the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency, the Library of Congress, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Science Foundation. These agencies represent 97 percent of the federal R&D budget.

The Science.gov website is hosted by DOE OSTI, within the Office of Science. Science.gov, your gateway to U.S. federal science, is supported by CENDI, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers.



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