DOE plays a key role in scientific research and innovation, providing significant support for basic research in the physical and energy-related sciences. Collaboration among scientists is a crucial element of the scientific process, and many of the research projects supported by the Department involve collaboration on an international scale. For example, the ITER project is a seven-member international collaboration to design, build and operate an international research facility in Cadarache, France, aimed at demonstrating the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion energy. Similarly, DOE-supported high energy and nuclear physicists participate in experiments at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and data for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program is collected from sites around the globe. User facilities at the DOE Laboratories regularly host visiting scientists from all corners of the world, and indeed, valuable cutting-edge research in a number of energy-related areas is being conducted in other countries. It is increasingly important for scientists to share information with and to obtain information from colleagues worldwide, and they need tools to help them find information in other languages and in non-text-based formats. OSTI's participation in the WorldWideScience.org initiative helps fulfill this need.
WorldWideScience.org is a global science gateway, developed and maintained by OSTI, on behalf of the WorldWideScience Alliance. Without having to know the scope of any particular scientific database, or having to search the databases individually, users have one-stop, real-time access to over 400 million pages of science information in over 90 national scientific databases from more than 70 countries. WorldWideScience.org searches the databases simultaneously, delivering a consolidated, relevance-ranked results list. Offering ground-breaking, multilingual search capabilities, users can search and translate scientific literature in ten languages. A variety of databases are searched, and results are segmented by format, enabling the user to locate text-based information, multimedia and datasets.
WorldWideScience.org allows DOE researchers to easily access international information, while concurrently making DOE R&D results accessible to others. As science becomes increasingly more diverse and global, and as the Department expands its research collaborations with other countries, WorldWideScience.org serves as a model for international collaboration and knowledge discovery.