The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the British Library have signed an agreement to develop an portal to international science resources called Science.world.
From the press release:
Called ‘Science.world,’ the planned resource would be available for use by scientists in all nations and by anyone interested in science. The approach will capitalise on existing technology to search vast collections of science information distributed across the globe, enabling much-needed access to smaller, less well-known sources of highly valuable science. Following the model of Science.gov, the U.S. interagency science portal that relies on content published by each participating agency, ‘Science.world’ will rely on scientific resources published by each participating nation. Other countries have been invited to participate in this international effort. . . .
Objectives of the ‘Science.world’ initiative are to:
- Search dispersed, electronic collections in various science disciplines;
- Provide direct, seamless and free searching of open-source collections and portals;
- Build upon existing and already successful national models for searching;
- Complement existing information collections and systems; and
- Raise the visibility and usage of individual sources of quality science information.