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Public Access to US Government Scientific Information: The Science.gov Approach Presented by Thomas Lahr, US Geological Survey and Co-chair, Science.gov Alliance Special Libraries Association Baltimore, MD June 13, 2006 Why Science.gov?

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public access to us government scientific information the science gov approach
Public Access to US Government Scientific Information: The Science.gov Approach

Presented by

Thomas Lahr, US Geological Survey

and Co-chair, Science.gov Alliance

Special Libraries Association

Baltimore, MD

June 13, 2006

why science gov

Why Science.gov?

There is a need to find U.S. government scientific and technical information quickly and easily, but information is dispersed across thousands of Web sites (“Surface Web”) and databases (“Deep Web”).

what is science gov
What is Science.gov?
  • “FirstGov for Science” an e-gov initiative
  • A Web portal that provides unified and simplified access to selected U.S. government Web sites and databases that contain scientific and technical information
  • A voluntary large scale collaboration among U.S. government agencies
how has science gov evolved
How Has Science.gov Evolved?
  • Science.gov Alliance formed in 2001 - 14 scientific and technical information organizations from 10 major science agencies
  • V. 1.0 of www.science.gov launched in December 2002
  • V. 2.0 launched in May 2004
  • “Alerts” service launched in February 2005
  • V. 3.0 launched in December 2005
  • Science.gov Alliance now includes 16 organizations from 11 agencies
participating agencies
Participating Agencies

Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, and Interior

Environmental Protection Agency

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Science Foundation

US Government Printing Office

National Archives and Records Administration

science gov creation challenges
Science.gov Creation Challenges
  • Broad scope of Federal science and technology research and development missions
  • Wide-ranging interests of potential audiences
  • Information organization (taxonomy) issues given the broad scope and audiences
  • Blending information resources from different agencies into cohesive functionality and page design
  • Politics, human resources, funding, sustainability
what does science gov do
What Does Science.gov Do?
  • Searches selected Web sites (“Surface Web”) and Databases (“Deep Web”) from one search box, using simple to fairly advanced searching techniques
  • Combines results from all sources searched, ranks and displays them by relevance
  • Sends “alerts” for topics of interest every Monday or as new information is added
  • Provides browsing of selected Web sites
  • Links to special collections and other information
  • Featured search and sites highlight hot topics
continuing challenges
Continuing Challenges
  • More usage – science.gov usage is growing, especially as more “alerts” are established, but it has plenty of room for growth
  • Increase information, both deep web and databases
  • Add US Government partners
  • Coordination with other worldwide science portals
what s next for science gov
What’s Next for Science.gov?
  • Version 4.0, under development, will add searching of decentralized full text repositories to the existing searching of Web sites and databases
  • Science.gov Alliance members will continue to add new content
  • Collaboration with other national science portals
  • www.science.gov will be evaluated and modified to meet customer needs
  • The Science.gov Alliance will begin to plan the future of www.science.gov beyond version 4.0
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Further information at www.science.gov or contact:

Gail Hodge

CENDI Secretariat - IIa

312 Walnut Place

Havertown, PA USA 19083

Telephone: 610/789-6769

[email protected]

Science.govCo-Chairs

Eleanor Frierson

National Agricultural Library (NAL)

10301 Baltimore Avenue, Room 200

Beltsville, MD 20705-2351

Telephone: 301.504.6780

[email protected]

Thomas Lahr

USGS/Biological Informatics Program

12201 Sunrise Valley Drive / MS 302

Reston, VA 22092

Telephone: 703.648.4222

[email protected]

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