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1 WorldWideEnergy: A paradigm shift in advancing energy information access Ms. Deborah Cutler International Program Manager Office of Scientific and Technical Information U.S. Department of Energy ICSTI Technical Activities Coordinating Committee Workshop 19 Jan 2015 Berlin, Germany

2 Speech Outline What is WorldWideEnergy.org? Why is it a paradigm shift? What does WWE have and how does it work? Sample screens showing functionality Conclusion

3 Federated search system modeled after WorldWideScience.org Focused on energy-related databases, portals and websites (over 1000 resources searched) Language element enables cross-lingual searching (with the aid of Microsoft® Translator). Four languages supported: English, German, Spanish, and Swedish Real-time searching for many systems; periodic index built for some, to speed search results return What is WorldWideEnergy?

4 First, understand the model on which previous information exchange took place. Country participants: funded own information collection, central exchange collected information published within their borders created standardized metadata, in English, which was then sent to central location (Vienna for INIS, Oak Ridge for ETDE) Sent full text, as copyrights permitted; paper converted to microfiche in early times, then electronic Why is it a paradigm shift?

5 Old paradigm Countries: identification of in-scope information, acquisition, translation (English titles and abstracts), metadata creation, subject analysis (based on thesaurus), and full text-related tasks: mailing paper, then scanning, PDF creation Centrally: collected and processed, error and authority checked, database updates made available Early days, database only available through large commercial systems or CD-ROM; since 1999, also directly offered on the web

6 Began in ETDE World Energy Base (ETDEWEB) debuted in 1999 Access limited to only member countries for many years Broadened to developing countries in 2008, worldwide in 2013 Contents in 2014: over 5.1 million citations and well over 500,000 pdfs directly on site, plus over a million doi links Although centralized costs declined, costs for countries steadily increased, while budget-policy makers viewed little need for such efforts, given what was already available on the web After 27 years, the ETDE agreement was not renewed for another term ETDEWEB brief history

7 Different information sharing model developed in ETDE’s final year Discussions held in 2013/2014 to ensure continued availability of the valuable information collected through ETDE’s many years of exchange, should ETDE end WorldWideEnergy.org Beta (WWE) debuted in 2014 with ETDEWEB one of the many resources searched Several countries agreed to continue efforts for WWE after ETDE ended and encourage its growth. Entities involved: USDOE’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information FIZ Karlsruhe Swedish Energy Agency New model/paradigm

8 Paradigm shifts Resources required to be a supporter greatly reduced: No acquisition costs No longer need to create metadata in common format, subject analysis, or send records (do need to identify resources to be searched) No translation requirements to create titles/abstracts Centralized functions and resources minimized Able to broaden content easily to include other energy- related information of interest to users Timeliness of information can be real time

9 WorldWideEnergy.org Featured Searches Main search Language options

10 Databases o ETDEWEB (all energy areas, all types) o INIS Collection (nuclear energy focus, all types) o (worldwide patents) o EU Bookshop (books, reports, etc.) Portals/multinational sites o Reegle (clean energy focus) o National Library of Energy (US) (all areas, types) o International Energy Agency site and international agreement websites o IRENA, UN sites (renewables, mostly) Country-identified Websites o German sites (over 900) o Swedish sites (only a few so far) o Spanish sites o Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) (see the end of the help file on the website for a more detailed list) So, what does WWE search?

11 Select resources (check boxes) Advanced Search Screen Select language

12 Search in German, multi-language results Narrowing, Filters Click to translate results Change sort order

13 Translated results Shows PDF links, if available German and English shown

14 1) Search query Wikepedia and EurekAlert When all sources complete, can choose to include or not

15 See what each resource found

16 Limit to any resource with results

17 Link to resource content

18 Resources searched may have a variety of formats and sometimes limited metadata Very specific searching not always possible across sources Searches take longer, and sometimes one or more sources are not available at search time, or time out Information has to be on the web already (many previous ETDE ‘sources’ do NOT have their information up) Model trade-offs

19 Conclusions International information exchange is evolving Still value in having an entry point to allow focused searching of energy-related content There remains a lot of energy-related content that is NOT on the web, or not so easily findable with current systems WorldWideEnergy is a good resource but could be even better with greater participation and more languages supported Feedback and/or questions are welcomed


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