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OSTI program liaison, Operating Agent representative for WorldWideScience.org

Now Playing on ScienceCinema. . .

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Published on Jun 27, 2013

ScienceCinema

 

Looking for a good summer movie?  Over 600 new videos have been added to ScienceCinema recently.  Learn more about the Higgs Boson, and what it means for the universe, in “Unraveling the Higgs Boson Discovery”.  Or, watch “Breakthrough: Using Microbes to Make Advanced Biofuels” to learn how the Joint BioEnergy Institute is using microbes to convert non-food crops and agricultural waste into fuels for cars, trucks, and planes.  Interested in harnessing the sun’s power?  See how companies are improving the efficiency of solar cells in “Solar Innovator”.   Simply enter a search, and ScienceCinema’s advanced audio indexing technology and powerful search capabilities will identify videos containing the words, plus pointers to the exact spots in the videos where the words were spoken.  ScienceCinema adds new videos as they are produced and submitted by the DOE Laboratories, programs, and other facilities.  Over 3,200 videos are now available – take a break from the heat and enjoy a new film!

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WorldWideScience – Easy Access to Text, Multimedia, and Data!

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Published on Mar 27, 2013

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For many years, scientific information was provided primarily in text-based formats, such as journal articles, conference proceedings, and technical reports.  Increasingly, however, scientists are communicating through multimedia formats (images, videos), and via direct access to their scientific data sets.  Information users face some unique challenges in finding scientific information, particularly when it can take several forms.  Imagine that a climatologist has created data sets detailing precipitation measurements for the North Slope of Alaska.  The climatologist might present these findings first at a meteorological conference, and the presentation might be taped and made available as a video of the conference.  Later, the climatologist publishes one or more technical reports, referring to the original data sets.  How does a user find all this relevant information?

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ScienceCinema – See Science in ACTION!

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Published on Jan 07, 2013

ScienceCinema

 

More than 2,600 videos showcasing DOE’s most exciting research are available on ScienceCinema.  Grab the popcorn and see science in “ACTION!”

Curious about DOE’s work in robotics, antimatter, or outer space?  How about microbes, bugs, or mutants?  Simply enter a search, and ScienceCinema’s innovative audio indexing and speech recognition technology will identify videos containing the words, plus pointers to the exact spots in the videos where the words are spoken.  ScienceCinema adds new videos as they are produced and submitted by DOE Laboratories, programs, and other facilities, and it was named one of six new initiatives in DOE’s Open Government Plan 2.0.

No need for science “fiction” with “real” science this exciting!  Catch the action on ScienceCinema today.

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WorldWideScience and data

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Published on Nov 05, 2012

WorldWideScience

 

WorldWideScience.org now offers the capability to search scientific data collections.  Six new data sources have been added to WWS.org, representing a significant milestone in improving access to scientific data from around the world.  Users seeking scientific datasets can conduct a real-time, one-stop search and immediately gain access not only to the metadata but to the actual scientific data itself.

WorldWideScience.org’s unique federated searching capability meets many of the challenges users face in the discovery of scientific and numeric data.  Unless users are very familiar with a particular data center or know that specific datasets exist, it is very difficult to identify and locate scientific data.  WWS.org provides access to over 80 of the world’s most authoritative scientific information and data sources, all nationally sponsored or sanctioned.  Users can simultaneously search across many databases/collections in text, multimedia, and data formats, and receive consolidated, relevance-ranked results.  In most cases, links direct the user to the full text document; or in the case of scientific data sources, the user can often link directly to datasets.  As access to scientific data becomes increasingly important, WWS.org offers the ability to easily identify, search, and access this information – contributing to the spread of scientific knowledge and advancements worldwide.

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DOE research videos available on ScienceCinema

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Published on Jun 27, 2012

ScienceCinema

 

Scientific videos highlighting research and development (R&D) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are available on ScienceCinema. ScienceCinema uses innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology to enable users to quickly find video files produced by the DOE national laboratories, other DOE research facilities and CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research). When users search for scientific words and phrases, precise snippets of the video where the search term was spoken are provided along with a timeline.

More than 2,500 videos are currently available in ScienceCinema, and the database will continue to grow as new R&D-related videos are produced by DOE programs, labs and facilities and submitted to OSTI. Scientific videos, animations, interactive visualizations and other multimedia are expected to become an increasingly prominent form of scientific communications. ScienceCinema was recently recognized as one of DOE’s six new initiatives in the DOE Open Government Plan 2.0 for making the federal government more transparent, participatory and collaborative. 

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Managing the Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) Project Information

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Published on Aug 02, 2011

Biological and Environmental Research Abstracts Database

 

OSTI’s mission is to collect, preserve, and disseminate DOE-sponsored R&D results emanating from research projects at DOE Laboratories and facilities and from grantees at universities and other institutions.  OSTI performs its mission through many avenues, one of which includes supporting its parent organization within DOE, the Office of Science (SC), and the research programs within SC.

Since 1995, OSTI has provided assistance and support to the Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER) by developing and maintaining a database of BER research project information.  Called the BER Abstracts Database (http://www.osti.gov/oberabstracts/index.jsp), it contains summaries of research projects supported by the program.  Made up of two divisions, Biological Systems Science Division and Climate and Environmental Sciences Division, BER is responsible for world-class biological and environmental research programs and scientific user facilities.  BER’s research program is closely aligned with DOE’s mission goals and focuses on two main areas:  the Nation’s Energy Security (developing cost-effective cellulosic biofuels) and the Nation’s Environmental Future (improving the ability to understand, predict, and mitigate the impacts of energy production and use on climate change).

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WorldWideScience.org Goes Mobile

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Published on Jul 19, 2011

WorldWideScience.org

 

WorldWideScience.org recently released a new mobile version (http://m.worldwidescience.org).  Scientists and researchers throughout DOE and the entire U.S. now have access to over 80 scientific and technical databases from preeminent libraries and information centers around the world, all via their “smart phones” or tablets. 

Operating in the same fashion as the computer-based version of WorldWideScience.org, the user simply enters a single query into the search box on the phone.  Using federated search technology, the query is distributed to each of the approximately 80 databases and the search results are combined and re-ranked according to relevance. 

Search results are streamlined for easier viewing on mobile devices, but the user can still connect to the full citation at the originating source database.  If full text is provided, users can view it on the phone/tablet, or they may choose to download it into e-reader software.  Users also have the option of emailing the full set of search results to themselves, or others, for later viewing. 

As “smart phone” and tablet usage continues to grow at a rapid pace, Mobile WorldWideScience.org makes finding important scientific and technical information as convenient and easy as possible! 

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Multilingual WorldWideScience.orgBETA Officially Launched

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Published on Jun 20, 2010

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On June 11, the Multilingual WorldWideScience.org BETA was officially launched in Helsinki, Finland at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) annual conference.  This new capability is the result of an international public-private partnership between the WorldWideScience.org Alliance and Microsoft Research, whose translations technology has been paired with the federated searching technology of Deep Web Technologies. 

WorldWideScience.org now provides the first-ever real-time searching and translation across globally-dispersed, multilingual scientific literature. Multilingual

WorldWideScience.orgBETA allows users to conduct a single query of over 70 scientific databases from around the world.  Results can then be translated into the user’s preferred language.  Currently, nine languages are available (Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian) and more languages will be added in the coming months.  With the pace of non-English scientific publishing continuing to grow, it is vitally important that English-speaking scientists gain access to non-English content.  Conversely, Multilingual WorldWideScience.orgBETA also benefits non-English-speaking users by enabling translations of English-language content.

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WorldWideScience.org: The Importance of Being Unique

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Published on Oct 13, 2009

In a world replete with information sources and options, it is imperative to offer users something unique.  WorldWideScience.org (WWS.org), a federated search product that currently provides a single point of access to 61 scientific databases and portals from more than 60 countries, is a remarkably unique scientific discovery tool.  Representing more than thr

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Explore Science from around the World at WorldWideScience.org

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Published on Apr 07, 2008

Science from Finland, Sweden and Korea can now be found at WorldWideScience.org, the global gateway to science. This brings the total to 32 sources from 44 countries that can be searched.

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