Science.gov: The Power of 10

The U.S. government science information search and retrieval web portal celebrates 10 years of service.

OSTI_10_YearsWhat is the gas mileage of your car? How much of your state is water covered? Where can you download software that will give atomic precision to your computer’s clock? These and many other questions can and have been answered by Science.gov – the Federal government’s “one stop” real-time science data website, which is now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Science.gov was launched in December 2002 and has broken new ground in interagency collaboration. Senior information managers representing 13 Federal agencies forged a consensus on how national science organizations could improve public access to the nation’s rich and diverse scientific research information and partnered to create the Science.gov Web portal.

“Over the past 10 years Science.gov has grown in content, capability, features and functionality,” said Tina Gheen of the Library of Congress and chair of the Science.gov Alliance. “As a result, we have seen significant user growth. We are very proud of this offering of sound science to the public, and we hope to continue providing this free service for years to come.”

There are now more than 200 million pages in Science.gov, and the annual page views top 34 million, a 45-fold increase from the earliest days. The founding idea was to provide a comprehensive gateway to federal science information for those who might not know exactly where to find it. The interagency effort would raise scientific and technical literacy, serve as a foundation for future discoveries, and foster greater understanding of the public’s return on investment from the government’s science and technology efforts.

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Source: Cathey Daniels | OSTI
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