A new global science gateway – I’m sure they’d prefer me to display that phrase in blinking bright green text on a red background, but I won’t – has been launched by the US Department of Energy (DOE) and the British Library. The aim is in “accelerating scientific discovery and progress through a multilateral partnership to enable federated searching of national and international scientific databases.” Yeah, okay. But, isn’t this just yet another science search engine portal? Apparently, subsequent versions of WorldWideScience.org will offer access to additional sources as well as enhanced features.
That’s what they all say. I’m sure it’s a very worthy search tool and would like to hear from Chemspy visitors who have tried it out and found its results useful/useless (del. as applic.)
Incidentally, the webmaster risks a duplicate content penalty because the two canonical forms of the web address (WorldWideScience.org and www.WorldWideScience.org) both return “200 OK”. One of them should have a 301 redirect applied.