At the Scitopia.org launch I caught up with Abe Lederman, president and CTO of Deep Web Technologies—this is the company providing the technology that powers Scitopia.org. Deep Web worked closely with the partners on the technical design of the new site, which uses the company’s proprietary federated search software, Explorit. He feels the site is off to a good start and, just 2 months after its formation announcement, met its stated goal of launching at SLA.
I asked whether Scitopia.org provided enhancements over what is offered at Science.gov, a site powered by Deep Web and built in conjunction with the Dept. of Energy (DOE) and other government partners. He said that it did offer some additional interface features and functionality, which could show up in the next iteration of Science.gov. That site upgrades to a new version each year, usually in February.
Science.gov site is also being used as a model for Science.world, which is being developed through an alliance of DOE and The British Library. (See the NewsLink Spotlight on Science.world at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=19230.) Abe gave me a heads-up. The project’s new official name and URL are now WorldWideScience.org. It plans to start with 13 databases—the list is available now on the prototype site. DOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI; www.osti.gov) and The British Library are working closely with The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI; www.icsti.org) and they will provide a status report at the summer meeting of ICSTI in France—later in June.
In addition to its work with Scitopia.org and government agencies, Deep Web has now worked with a major corporate library client and will be working this summer with its first major academic institution. Deep Web is providing the Intel Library with a federated search solution for the library’s subscription content and internal content. The important requirement was that it be accessible as a Web service. The library then built its own user interface.
Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief, ITI