by Lorrie Johnson on Tue, July 19, 2011
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!