Deep Web Tech in the News: WorldWideScience.org

This post was written by Darcy Katzman on February 11, 2011
Posted Under: Federated Search,Marketing Announcements,Reviews

Sometimes when I lie in bed with the dream of federating 1,000,000,000 sources dancing around in my mind, I often wonder, “What’s the best search engine?”. I suppose that depends on who (or what) you seek. The Internet is the largest collection of information that has ever been amassed, leading us to need better search engines.

I use Google a lot when I want to search for the answer to a simple question, a tasty recipe, or I want a good laugh (it gets me every time). I also find that using a wide variety of search tools is essential if you’re serious about getting the best possible search results. For all of the individuals out there that understand the need for specialized search engines, this next part will be a gem.

WorldWideScience.org, a premier scientific search engine has received some recent attention.   Walter L. Warnick, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) for the U.S. Department of Energy, demonstrated  WorldWideScience.org in front of multiple observers including those from the scientific community. According to openbiomed.info, “WorldWideScience.org is federated full-text, public, database of scientific and technical research information published from at least 70 cooperative countries”.  With only about 4% duplication with general search engines (that means Google), WorldWideScience.org   provides access to millions of deep web documents using a single, multi-language search query. One user wrote:

I decided to assess the biomedical research coverage by trying to find information on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and procedures to isolate patients with this infection.  I searched the keyword phrase “MRSA isolation protocol“: 892 documents were located, and when the result was sorted by date, open access resources such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)UK PubMed Central, and LENUS (Irish Health Repository) present very recent research.   In comparison, the SCIRUS database searched for MRSA isolation protocol finds quantitatively more research, but when sorted by date, all of the recent literature identified is available in Science Direct via subscription-only access or for purchase US $ 31.50.

If you haven’t tried out the WorldWideScience, and you like having a mind-blowing amount of relevant information from all over the world at your finger tips, I suggest you give it a spin; you won’t be sorry you did. We understand the need for collecting information that’s not for answering the simple questions, or for cute cats (he is really cute though, check the laugh link above).

Still need convincing? Here is a simple demonstration and a shout-out to whomever made a pretty good video about a search engine, even with the 80’s cartoon-like sounds and “rad” guitar background music, I find it quite entertaining, there’s a special place in my heart for you.

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