Many scientists understand the problems encountered in the dispersion of scientific information and knowledge between countries. The vast majority of works written are in the English language, but there is a great deal of exciting science being published in non-English languages as well. Additionally, there are a large number of non-English speaking scientists who would greatly benefit from the large body of English-only works. In an effort to respond to this problem, the WorldWide Science Alliance has released a beta version of a website that allows the user to search for scientific literature in databases from many countries and have the resulting citations (some with abstracts) translated into one of nine languages.
With the new multilingual approach of the WorldWideScience.org search, the user has the capability of real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed collections of scientific literature. Deep Web Technologies is combined with the translation technology of Microsoft Research, along with the WorldWide Science Alliance databases to provide this exciting and interesting new resource. WorldWide Science allows federated searching of databases in 65 countries. For the full press release go to the U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI).