World's largest Science Portal opens
David E. Wojick
dwojick at HUGHES.NET
Sat Jul 5 11:14:02 EDT 2008
Below is an announcement I am sending around. For this group I am
wondering whether WWS is at all useful for science metrics? It has a
great variety of material so there are not the standard records to
support calculation. But its variatey in some ways may make it a
better sample of scientific activity than, say, journal articles.
In any case I hope you find our portal useful and will tell others about it.
World's largest Science Portal opens. New tool in town.
In a bid to revolutionize science, a new global Alliance has launched
the world's largest science portal. Http://www.worldwidescience.org
searches an estimated 200 million pages of free science and
technology content, making one of the most comprehensive portals in
the world and the largest government portal by far.
The WorldWideScience Alliance consists of major government and NGO
science information centers around the world. The portal is a
federation of over 30 major national and regional portals, including
the USA, Canada, Britain, France, Japan, Korea, Germany, etc. One
search searches all. The USA member is the Science.gov Alliance,
which runs the world's second largest government portal at
http://www.science.gov. The WWS portal has just been launched, after
a year of beta testing, see:
The WWS.org portal is the brainchild of Walter Warnick, director of
DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information, which built and
operates the portal. See:
I am a consultant on the WWS project. Our goal is a "knowledge
diffusion revolution." This means that knowledge from every community
can easily be found by every other community. Until now that has not
been possible. What will science look like when the OSTI diffusion
revolution takes hold? Revolutions change the way science works and
this one is no exception. One simple example is in the content of
research proposals. Today a proposal is required to demonstrate a
knowledge of related work on the same topic. But there are many
closely related elements that are also pursued in distant
communities, where they are studying very different topics. These
elements include instrumentation, methods, mathematics and
For example, nuclear physicists have not been expected to know about
what is going on in forest management. But a recent paper in a
forestry journal presented a breakthrough in Monte Carlo analysis,
which is widely used in nuclear physics. Normally it would take years
or decades for this new knowledge to migrate from forestry to
physics, but the OSTI diffusion revolution is eliminating the delay
OSTI is making it possible for researchers to know about these
distant activities, which has the potential to revolutionize science.
Distant knowledge should be expected as a matter of course.
For more on this see my article "Making the Web work for science":
Also my " The OSTI diffusion revolution, a problem solving perspective":
Just pick some keywords and do a search on WWS.org. You will find out
which countries are doing what. Note however that what we call
biofuel in the USA the French call bioenergy. National differences do
exist so you may have to poke around.
Happy to answer your questions,
"David E. Wojick, PhD" <WojickD at osti.gov>
Senior Consultant for Innovation
Office of Scientific and Technical Information
US Department of Energy
391 Flickertail Lane, Star Tannery, VA 22654 USA
http://www.bydesign.com/powervision/resume.html provides my bio and
past client list.
presents some of my own research on information structure and
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