'FirstGov for Science' opens
- By Diane Frank
- Dec 09, 2002
Science.gov: FirstGov for science
A 10-agency alliance last week announced the launch of science.gov, a Web portal that provides free access to science-related reports,
databases and other information from the federal government.
Billing itself as "FirstGov for Science," the site links to information
from more than 14 federal science and technology organizations. It is intended
primarily for the education and library communities, but can also be helpful
for businesses, scientists and the general public.
Users can search for any federally sponsored research and development
project by subject, and the search will be performed across all 14 organizations.
Users also can search in specific subject areas, such as applied science
and technologies, computers and communication, health and medicine, and
"Science.gov provides the unique ability to search across the content
within databases as well as across Web sites," said Eleanor Frierson, deputy
director of the National Agricultural Library and co-chairwoman of the science.gov
The search, however, will not include areas of Web sites or databases
that require a password or have other access restrictions.
The portal received two rounds of funding through the CIO Council's
Cross Portal fund, which is administered by the FirstGov office at the General
Services Administration. The alliance also is supported by CENDI, an interagency
working group of science and technical information managers.
The agencies participating in the science.gov Alliance are the departments
of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services,
and Interior; the Environmental Protection Agency; NASA; and the National