October 9, 2012

Science.gov, Now with Multimedia, New Search Features, Spanish Translations
Spanish Version Debuted

Oak Ridge, TN - Science.gov, the gateway to U.S. federal science hosted by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), now includes multimedia content and additional features, including an updated interface with enhanced navigation, to help users find the science information they need. For the first time, R&D video from the DOE ScienceCinema is available as well as from MedlinePLUS, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of Congress have been added to the image search which is now integrated under a new multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format.

In addition, a Spanish version of the site has been launched. Ciencia.Science.gov, http://ciencia.science.gov, provides the same breadth and depth in scientific search as does Science.gov, covering over 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information. This includes free access to research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies, and more than 55 scientific databases and 2,100 selected scientific websites. Integrating Microsoft’s Translator, Spanish-language queries to Science.gov initiate searches of U.S. databases and websites with results appearing in Spanish.

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. OSTI conceived and helped launched Science.gov in December 2002 to get DOE R&D results out to the scientific community and beyond - and to get the community’s results into DOE. Traffic to the site has grown enormously over the past 10 years; while there were some 750,000 Science.gov page requests in its first year, these grew to more than 34,000,000 in the 2012 fiscal year that ended September 30.

“Since we first launched Science.gov in 2002, we have continually improved it to make it even more useful to citizens interested in finding research and development results from across the U.S. government,” said OSTI Director Walter Warnick. “Now Science.gov contains multimedia content and is accessible to the Spanish-speaking public. We are pleased with these developments and we fully intend to continue enhancing the value and utility of Science.gov.”

The Science.gov Alliance will highlight these (see press release) and other achievements in its 10th Anniversary celebration in December. Science.gov is governed by the interagency Science.gov Alliance, which 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.

OSTI, within the DOE Office of Science, was instrumental in developing Science.gov and hosts the web portal. Science.gov is supported by CENDI (www.cendi.gov), an interagency working group of senior scientific and technical information managers.