Science.gov, the groundbreaking search and retrieval gateway to U.S. government science information, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Through a one-stop search, this portal offers free access to R&D results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. Science.gov is hosted by OSTI and supported by CENDI, an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers.
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. 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.
"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 DOE 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."
Science.gov includes key DOE 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 (read more).
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.