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Naming the First World Wide Science Gateway


Naming the First World Wide Science Gateway

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. 

In the beginning we called the gateway Science.World.  This pithy title properly conveyed that the gateway would be about science and would be truly international in scale, and the "dot" indicated that it would be on the web.  From the first, however, we knew the name Science.World could only be a placeholder.  In reality, "dot" World is not a legitimate domain, so eventually the gateway would have to be renamed.

This led to a contest throughout OSTI to find a URL that was brief but descriptive, and available, all at the same time.  Since I had only been working for OSTI for less then a year, I didn't feel that I should give my input on the options that were being brought up.  Thinking of a name that fits such an amazing website was very hard to do. 

Seeing the choices being narrowed down, however, I finally spoke up about a URL I found that I thought best described what was being created,  Being that it was short, to the point, and available was why I chose it as my favorite.  Still a bit nervous, I submitted the name for consideration by OSTI senior staff.  Later, my boss told me that he knew I had "hit a homerun" as soon as he heard "".  The majority of OSTI senior staff had the same reaction.  I won the contest! is now a live site that has performed...

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