Much has been written in this blog about WorldWideScience.org. As regular readers well know, it is a global gateway to scientific and technical databases conceived, developed, and operated by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information.
“World Wide Science is the world’s most important scientific resource, where the global science community can share knowledge.” This remarkable encomium did not come from just any casual observer, but from a leader of one of the world’s top information organizations. While interviewing with Information World Review, Richard Boulderstone, director of e-strategy and information systems at the British Library, shared this perspective.
The development of MP3 technologies illustrates the unexpected benefits of basic research. In 1965, a hand-sized storage and playback device that would hold 15,000 recorded songs was the stuff of science fiction. Even simple hand-held calculators were rare and expensive at that time.
In 2005, the idea of creating a global science gateway for the web was conceived at OSTI.It would make the best collections of scientific information from nations around the world act as if they were a single enormous collection.It would be searchable via a single query, and it would be available at no cost to anyone anywhere with web access.