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October 15, 2012 — In addition to this week's NewsBreak(s), the editors have compiled the Weekly News Digest, featuring stories from the week just past that you should know about. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today.

CLICK HERE to view all of this week's Weekly News Digest items. Adds Multimedia, Spanish Translations, and More Search Features, the gateway to U.S. federal science hosted by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) of the Department of Energy, now includes multimedia content and additional features, including an updated interface with enhanced navigation. For the first time, R&D video from the DOE ScienceCinema is available, as well as from MedlinePLUS, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of Congress have been added to the image search, which is now integrated under a new multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format.

In addition, a Spanish version of the site has been launched. provides the same breadth and depth in scientific search as does, covering more than 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information. This includes free access to R&D results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies and more than 55 scientific databases and 2,100 selected scientific websites. Integrating Microsoft’s Translator, Spanish-language queries to initiate searches of U.S. databases and websites with results appearing in Spanish. includes key DOE R&D databases of full-text documents, citations, patents, eprints, accomplishments, multimedia, data, software, and more, all covered in the DOE Science Accelerator. OSTI conceived and helped launched in December 2002 to get DOE R&D results out to the scientific community and beyond—and to get the community’s results into DOE. Traffic to the site has grown enormously over the past 10 years; while there were some 750,000 page requests in its first year, these grew to more than 34 million in the 2012 fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. is governed by the interagency Alliance, which includes the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior, and Transportation; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Library of Congress; NASA; the National Archives and Records Administration; and NSF. These agencies represent 97% of the federal R&D budget.


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