WorldWideScience.org 2015 Enhancements

This post was written by Darcy Katzman on July 14, 2015
Posted Under: Clients,Multilingual Search

WorldWideScience.org has received a tremendous amount of press so far in 2015. On January 8th, Microsoft published a case study on WorldWideScience.org and Deep Web Technologies:

“WorldWideScience.org is the result of years of research and innovation. Although the underlying technology itself is exciting, case-studyDeep Web Technologies and the WorldWideScience Alliance are most interested in what it enables for users. “This solution increases access to worldwide information, which is the biggest benefit,” explains Johnson. “We search approximately 100 repositories that we estimate include more than 500 million pages of science and technology information. So instead of having to go to 100 different sources to find content, WorldWideScience.org using Microsoft Translator offers the ability to search all of them with a single query.”

Then, the April/May issue of Multilingual.com Magazine published an article entitled, “Advancing Science by Overcoming Language Barriers.” The article discussed the rise of WorldWideScience.org and its role in bridging language barriers using Microsoft’s machine translation.

In late June, Deep Web Technologies updated WorldWideScience.org, just in time for the WorldWideScience Alliance meeting in Germany. Responsive design is now an integral part of the application making it much easier to add new features now and in the future. The spotlight enhancements include:

  1. Mobility: WorldWideScience.org is now mobile and can now be accessed from any device. When a user goes to the application on a mobile device, the interface will automatically adjust to their screen size, making it easier to search and view results.
  2. Localization: While WorldWideScience.org has been a multilingual application for years, allowing users to translate results into their language of choice, now, when a user chooses English, Spanish, French or Portuguese, WorldWideScience.org will automatically update the interface text to the selected language too.

There are a host of other small improvements to WorldWideScience.org. This upgrade is setting the stage for future enhancements such as MyLibrary, the ability to save results for future reference, and additional language localizations. Take a look from your smartphone or tablet and let us know what you think!

WorldWideScience.org isn’t the only application recently updated. Science.gov received a facelift recently as well.

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