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Scientific Information Update

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Scientific Information Update

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In November we reported that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had discontinued the PubSCIENCE site. (See http:/ www.infotoday.com/newsbreaks/wnd0211 18.htm.)Amessage on the site states: "Scientific and technical information is available at www.osti.gov. Specific links are available for journal literature at www .osti.gov/journal_sources.html." (Searchers are sent to Infotrieve and Scirus, both from commercial endeavors, and the DOE's Energy Citations Database.)

PubSCIENCE was a Web service developed by the DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), in co-- operation with publishers, to facilitate the searching and access of peer-reviewed journal literature in the physical sciences and other energy-related disciplines. PubSCIENCE allowed users to search across abstracts and citations of multiple publishers at no cost and then hyperlink to the publisher's server to obtain the full-text article. The service was opposed by some commercial database producers as being unfairly competitive.

Now, a new gateway for science information has been launched by a group of government agencies. Science.gov, which is hosted by OSTI, is being billed as the "FirstGov for Science Cross-Agency Portal. …

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