Last Friday blog sponsor Deep Web Technologies released its beta version of multilingual federated search, available at WorldWideScience.org. Deep Web Technologies and several government agencies key to the effort acknowledged the great accomplishment via press releases.

Deep Web Technologies

HELSINKI, June 11 /PRNewswire/ — Deep Web Technologies unveiled multilingual translation capability today for the WorldWideScience Alliance using its federated search application. WorldWideScience.org, the international science portal, is the first application to be deployed with this unique capability. Abe Lederman, President and CTO of Deep Web Technologies, demonstrated the new technology at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information’s (ICSTI) 2010 Summer Conference in Helsinki. ICSTI is a primary sponsor of the WorldWideScience.org Alliance, whose purpose is to provide “a geographically diverse, governance structure to promote and build upon the original vision of a global science gateway.”

Multilingual federated search translates a user’s search query into the native languages of the collections being searched, aggregates and ranks these results according to relevance, and translates result titles and snippets back to the user’s original language. The translation, powered by Microsoft, makes it simple to search collections in multiple languages from a single search box in the user’s native language. The Conference will include a keynote address by Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President of the External Research Division of Microsoft Research, as well as a presentation by Dr. Walter Warnick, Director of the Office of Scientific and Technical Information of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. (More)

US Department of Energy Office of Science

Washington, D.C.—Scientific language barriers were broken today in Helsinki with the launch of Multilingual WorldWideScience.org. While a large share of scientific literature is published in English, vast quantities of high-quality science are not, and the pace of non-English scientific publishing is increasing. WorldWideScience.org will now enable the first-ever real-time searching and translation across globally-dispersed, multilingual scientific literature using complex translations technology.

“In an increasingly interconnected world, resolving the global challenges of science requires rapid communication of scientific knowledge,” said Dr. William F. Brinkman, Director of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy. “Breaking the language barrier through WorldWideScience.org will help erode borders and build research networks across DOE, the nation, and around the globe.” (More)

DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information

OAK RIDGE, TN - Now you can find non-English scientific literature from databases in China, Russia, France, and several Latin American countries and have your search results translated into one of nine languages. With the beta launch today (view the Office of Science announcement) of Multilingual WorldWideScience.org, real-time searching and translation of globally-dispersed collections of scientific literature is possible. This new capability is the result of an international public-private partnership between the WorldWideScience.org Alliance and Microsoft Research, whose translation technology has been paired with the federated searching technology of Deep Web Technologies.

Microsoft Research Corporate Vice-President Tony Hey said, “We are extremely pleased to have our Microsoft Translator technology used with WorldWideScience. Built at Microsoft Research, this translation technology already provides translations to millions of users. Partnering with WorldWideScience is an opportunity to advance science across language barriers and improve scientific discovery.” (More)

British Library

World Wide Science Alliance broadens access to global research with the launch of a new multilingual tool, enabling scientists to simultaneously search and translate over 400 million pages of scientific research published in 65 countries from around the world.

Although most scientific literature continues to be published in English, the pace of non-English scientific publishing is increasing rapidly, with vast quantities of high-quality science now being produced every year. Launched today at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) annual conference in Helsinki, Finland, a new beta version of WorldWideScience.org will enable scientists to break down the language barrier, facilitating greater global cooperation with regards to the pursuit of scientific research. (More)

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