A database is only as good as the data entered and the search tool being used to explore it. With that in mind, the Energy Department’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has taken steps to improve their databases by releasing a reference tool that uses semantic search techniques. This interesting news was found on GCN.com’s blog, PULSE, in a post titled, “DOE rolls out semantic search for science research.”

SciTech contains full text documents of two earlier DOE scientific reference resources, the Information Bridge and the agency’s Energy Citations database. Together, the new reference system contains 2.5 million citations and 1.4 million journal articles.

SciTech Connect achieves the search results by considering the context of a query, in lieu of using ranking algorithms as in a Google search. This produces a more relevant search result, which means findability is improved. And isn’t that really the goal?

Melody K. Smith

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