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Former Information Program Specialist

Search Technology Developed by DOE Wins NIH Challenge

Science Communications

Published on Nov 23, 2011

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WebLib, a start-up company which won a Department of Energy (DOE) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant, managed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), has just won a celebrated Challenge.gov contest using technology developed for DOE.

To start from the beginning, a DOE Small Business Innovation Research project funded a Phase II application for WebLib to develop a novel search technology called semantic search.  Semantic search uses semantic knowledge of concepts and their relationships to produce relevant results, even when those results do not contain the user’s original query terms. The project was managed by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) which seeks to accelerate science by accelerating the spread of knowledge.  The goal of the project was to speed up literature searches by dramatically increasing the precision and completeness of searches of scientific and technical databases where the great bulk of the results of government R&D reside. To enable the development of semantic search, DOE OSTI provided WebLib with the DOE Green Energy Database to use as a test platform. 

WebLib made remarkable progress advancing the state of the art in search technology.  After just the first year of a two year grant, WebLib delivered its first cut at advanced semantic search technology.

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World Wide Information: The Other Side of the Coin

Products and Content

Published on Mar 29, 2011

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.

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A Remarkable Encomium for WorldWideScience.org

Products and Content

Published on Feb 25, 2010

“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. 

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Impact of Basic Research on Innovation

Personal Perspectives

Published on Jun 01, 2009

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OSTI's contribution to international discovery: WorldWideScience.org

Products and Content

Published on Apr 03, 2008

On June 22, 2007, OSTI opened WorldWideScience.org, a global science gateway, to the public.

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Naming the First World Wide Science Gateway

Personal Perspectives

Published on Nov 16, 2007

Kristin Bingham

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. 

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