Posts Tagged 'Government' Announces Spanish Version

Washington D.C – Science agencies across the U.S. federal government announced today the launch of the Spanish version of, provides the same breadth and depth in science search as does, covering over 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results from 17 organizations within 13 federal science agencies. Free access is provided to over 55 scientific databases and more than 2,100 selected scientific web sites. Integrating Microsoft’s Translator, Spanish-language queries to initiate searches of U.S. databases and web sites with results appearing in Spanish. This represents an innovative use of existing commercial technology to broaden public access to federal science information.

In addition to offering expanded access to the Spanish-speaking public, now includes new multimedia content and additional features to help users find the science information they need. For the first time, R&D video is available from the Department of Energy (DOE), MedlinePLUS (NIH), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (NASA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Images from the Library of Congress have been added to the image search that is now integrated under a new multimedia tab on the results page. Search enhancements include visual representations of topical information in an easy-to-use touch and dial format.

Reports from the Congressional Research Service

The following is reposted from the Scout Report for December 4, 2009:

Open Congressional Research Reports for the People

 Each year, the American taxpayers provide $100 million for the operating costs of the Congressional Research Service. The Service crafts hundreds of timely research papers and reports, but they can be hard to locate. The Open Congressional Research Reports (OPEN CRS) initiative makes this process much easier. The initiative is a project of the Center for Democracy & Technology, and they work with partner organizations such as the National Library for the Environment and the Thurgood Marshall Law Library. On their homepage, visitors can view the “Recent Reports”, which include reports dealing with federal employee’s retirement system and Medicaid. Visitors can also use the search engine to look for reports of particular interest, and they may also sign up for their RSS feed as well. Finally, visitors can also look through their “Featured Report Collections” area. 

You can visit the OPEN CRS site at  Searching for “engineering” as a report keyword should turn up many reports dealing with engineering topics.  You can, of course, search for other topics as well.

By the Numbers

The National Science Foundation’s Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) fulfills the legislative mandate of the National Science Foundation Act to “provide a central clearinghouse for the collection, interpretation, and analysis of data on scientific and engineering resources…”  This site aggregates data and information from more than 30 publications that deal with research and development, science and engineering indicators, personnel and related issues.  If you’re looking for statistical information about science and technology in America, this is a good place to start.

The purpose of is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the U.S. Federal Government. includes searchable data catalogs providing access to data in three ways: through the “raw” data catalog, the tool catalog and the geodata catalog.  The site provides links to several hundred data sets in all subject areas, including science and technology.  The “Raw” Data Catalog provides an instant download of machine readable, platform-independent datasets, while the Tools Catalog provides hyperlinks to tools that allow you to mine datasets.

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