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November 18, 2002 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Department of Energy Discontinues PubSCIENCE

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has discontinued the PubSCIENCE site as of Nov. 4. A message 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." The agency had solicited comments about the possible elimination of the site (with a deadline of Sept. 8), but did not provide advance notice of the closure. PubSCIENCE was a Web service developed by the DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) to facilitate searching and accessing peer-reviewed journal literature in the physical sciences and other energy-related disciplines.

The ALA's Washington office reports that "While there were only 7 comments in favor of ending PubSCIENCE, there were nearly 240 public comments, many from librarians and other PubSCIENCE users, pressing for continuance of the indexing service." ALA had lobbied hard to keep the service operating and continues to urge supporters to write letters asking to have it reinstated.

The Software and Information Industry Association had lobbied against PubSCIENCE on the grounds that it duplicated and competed with databases from private-sector publishers.

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. PubSCIENCE was modeled after PubMed, which covers medical sciences and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. (For more information, see the NewsBreak by Marydee Ojala at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbreader.asp?ArticleID=17110.)

Sources: U.S. Department of Energy, ALA, SIIA



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