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Eleanor Frierson: A Tribute to the Grande Dame of Government Science Information Partnerships

Eleanor Frierson


Eleanor Frierson, who passed away in April 2013, was the grande dame of partnerships to improve public access to federal and international science information.  For 10 years, she helped spearhead U.S. interagency efforts to make federal science information more accessible to Americans, playing an absolutely crucial leadership role on the Alliance.  She took  all the way from a nascent concept through to its maturation.  Ms. Frierson also made similar contributions to the international science portal,

She had extensive and diversified experience in information service development and management and had great business acumen and network-building skills.  But Ms. Frierson was much more than a consummate professional; she also was a caring colleague who took great personal interest in her associates.    

Eleanor Frierson was that rare public servant who made a very special mark.  Her legacies continue on today as vital national and international resources. 

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Eleanor Frierson received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her Master’s in Library Science from Syracuse University.  She was a library staff member at Syracuse, the U.S. Department of the Interior and the International Monetary Fund and also served as Chief of the Bureau of Library and Information Services of the International Labour Office in Geneva,...

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Read more...'s Unique Collaboration is a one-stop portal for federal government science information.  Over 200 million pages of science information from 14 federal agencies may be searched through a single query.  How far we have come in the past decade!

You may not be aware that was developed and is governed by the Alliance, a group of science information managers who began working together to overcome the stovepipes of agency information in 2001.   This unusual collaboration has taken a bottom-up approach throughout the development and operation of the site.  All participating agencies have an equal voice in the process; all agencies manage their own content through a decentralized content management model.   In addition, agencies maintain their own databases which are searched by in real-time.

I am pleased to note that the Alliance and their "out of the box" techniques have served the science attentive citizen well for almost 7 years!

Valerie Allen

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Introducing 5.0

Science.Gov 5.0 is now available!

The first thing you'll notice is the new main page design. The same elements are there, but reconfigured to update the website look and feel. We have also added seven deep web sources (see DOE press release) into the search. 

If you're a frequent user of, you may have had a hand in the recent enhancements. Many of the new 5.0 technical features are in response to past suggestions from users. Topic "clustering" is available on the results so you can drill down into subtopics to focus your research. Presented alongside the results is auxiliary information from the AAAS EurekAlert! Science News and from Wikipedia. Also new with this version is the ability to download search results into your citation management software - a specific request from the library community. You will also notice a new Alerts interface which allows you to set up an ATOM or RSS feed of your Alerts.

The Alliance has released a major version of each year since its launch in December 2002. We continue that tradition with the newest release, realizing that both technology and R&D results from U.S. federal government continue to grow at a very significant pace. 

The Alliance is itself an interesting story, a truly unique example of federal agencies overcoming "stovepipes" to create a true cross-agency portal. You may read more information on this initiative and its participants on OSTI hosts and manages the site for the Alliance.

I do hope you find the upgraded features of our Version 5.0 helpful. We'...

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