If you laid out 200 million pieces of paper in a line, you’d travel the length of 508,000 football fields – which may give you some sense of the vastness of the amount of content that was translated into Spanish from science.gov this week.
The 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information can now be accessed on ciencia.science.gov, home of the Spanish version of research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies, 55 scientific databases, and 2,100 scientific websites.
This translation of Science.gov’s data, which took place during Hispanic Heritage Month, provides a new gateway to scientific information for the Hispanic community. This is a welcome success for the inclusion of a broader scientific community and one that we can all applaud.
The Energy Department’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information conceived and helped launched Science.gov back in December 2002, sharing the Department’s research and development results with the larger scientific community, and showcasing the scientific community’s work alongside. Traffic to the site has grown enormously over the past 10 years, moving from 750,000 hits the site’s first year to over 34 million in fiscal year 2012.
Integrating Microsoft’s Translator, Spanish-language queries to Science.gov initiate searches of U.S. databases and websites with results appearing in Spanish. Science.gov includes key Energy Department databases of full-text documents, citations, patents, accomplishments, multimedia, data, software and more.
Science.gov is governed by the interagency Science.gov Alliance, made up of agencies that spend 97 percent of the federal R&D budget. As we close out Hispanic Heritage Month, may we seek to advance education and innovation opportunities for all, both in the federal and private sectors.