Results tagged “databases” from SciTechNews

TRY, Initiative on Plant Traits -- database


Welcome to the TRY Initiative on Plant Traits

Quantifying and scaling global plant trait diversity

A network of vegetation scientists jointly headed by
DIVERSITAS, IGBP and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry

Main objectives:

  • Construction of a global database of plant functional traits
  • Make the data available for the ecological community
  • Support the design of a new generation of global vegetation models

There is a link to a detailed article which has just been published in Global Change Biology.

Database of Genomic Structural Variation (dbVar)


OSTI, the science & technology portal of the U.S. Government


OSTI, the Office of Science and Technology Information is worth bookmarking.  It serves as a portal for most of the federal goverment's information, reports and data for 18 agencies:

Agriculture,Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health & Human Services, Interior, Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Library of Congress, National Aeronautics & Space Administration, National Archives & Records Adminstration, National Science Foundation, and the US Government Publications Office.

Terminology and thesauri might help in your information searches.

This site is a gateway to DOE collections at, global science via, scientific research data as an open government initiative, and the OSTIblog.

Much of this, they declare, is outside Google's purview -- in the "deep web."

Free alerting service now available via "DOE Science Accelerator"


"Deep Web Technologies powers alert service in DOE Science Accelerator - 31 Mar 2010

Federated search services provider Deep Web Technologies, US, has announced that its Explorit Research Accelerator technology is powering a new alerts service for science researchers via the DOE Science Accelerator. With the new service, researchers can expect to receive information about new DOE resources relevant to them.

Users of the free service create a personalised profile of searches related to their areas of interest. The service performs these searches on users' behalf every week and e-mails the users notifications of newly published results.

Science Accelerator is projected as a gateway to DOE-related science information, including R&D results, project descriptions, accomplishments and other authoritative information, via resources made available by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI). The service searches 10 major DOE databases and portals, including hundreds of thousands of full-text documents going back to 1991 and many more citations going back to the Manhattan Project era. Science Accelerator resources are incorporated into, also hosted by OSTI. is incorporated into another product maintained by OSTI, This is expected to expose Science Accelerator resources to a global audience.

OSTI created Science Accelerator and introduced it to the public in April 2007. Explorit, Deep Web Technologies' federated search system, allows Science Accelerator users to search the 10 databases simultaneously in real-time and from a single search box. Relevant results from all sources are compared against one another, ranked for relevance, and displayed in a single search results page."

Source:  Knowledgespeak Newsletter

Scitopia now with streamlined links to RefWorks


"Federated search services provider Deep Web Technologies, US, has announced that its federated search product, Explorit Research Accelerator, now includes seamless integration with RefWorks, a web-based solution for citations management."

source: Knowledgespeak Newsletter, July 30, 2009

Scitopia was developed by 21 top technological and scientific societies.  It is a freely available database mainly in physics and engineering.  Component societies are listed on a webpage off  It lists papers going back as early as 1665, some of which are digitized.

Full text is offered on a pay-per-view basis, so currently it is better to search Princeton's subscription databases which have links to our full-text subscription resources.  INSPEC  and Compendex  cover even more resources than Scitopia.  IEEE  -- Xplore & IEL -- are other overlapping subscription databases we have, and they are completely full-text.

"The website for the Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) is sporting a fresh look with improved navigation pathways to our products and services.  Direct links to,, and are featured, as well as a listing of DOE databases by content type. Our new features, Science Showcase and From the Director, highlight exciting ideas, science information, tools and services. Our Suggested Tags cloud provides ideas on how to tag our website information and offers an easy path to users’ favorite pages. Our interactive features can be found in the Read, Listen and Share box. While we know there will be a learning curve, we hope you find the OSTI website more in tune with the needs of today’s web users."

Let us know what you think.

From Tim Byrne at OSTI, to the Science & Technology Division of SLA, via direct email.

VADLO -- a search engine for the Life Sciences


VADLO search engine, developed by 2 biologists, caters to all branches of biomedicine and life sciences. Searchers may delve within five categories: Protocols, Online Tools, Seminars, Databases and Software.

"Protocols category will let you search for methods, techniques, assays, procedures, reagent recipes, plasmid maps, etc. Online Tools will cater calculators, servers, prediction tools, sequence alignment and manipulation tools, primer design etc. Seminars are essentially powerpoint files for presentations, lectures and talks. Databases will take you to, well, databases, resources, compilations, lists etc. It is here that you can also search for your favorite genes and proteins. Software category is for bioinformatics experts who are looking for codes, scripts, algorithms, executables, downloadable programs and collaborations"

Direct to VADLO

Taken from the VADLO site, and reproduced in the latest ResourceShelf Newsletter, No. 397.

Technical Report & Image Library - TRAIL


I just learned of this database of technical reports housed at Manoa, Univ. of Hawaii, via the Chemical Information Listserv -- from the Univ. of Arkansas' Engineering and Math Librarian.

"TRAIL-Technical Report Archive and Image Library: a collaborative project to digitize, archive, and provide persistent and unrestricted access to federal technical reports issued prior to 1975."

Actually, they have reports from much later than 1975.  Browsing is available, as well as detailed search functionality.


  • Total reports in database: 1052
  • Total fulltexts in database: 330
  • Total images in database: 946

Organizations Involved:
The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA - and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL - are collaborating on a pilot project.

These are picked up by Google, not (necessarily?)  Google Scholar, and not by Scirus. Scopus and  U.S. Government databases will pick up (index) the reports, but probably won't link to the full texts.

NTIS offers RSS feeds by subject categories


Currently the National Technical Information Service Bibliographic Database includes records on over 2.8 million scientific and technical reports arranged by major subject categories. The NTIS  has now made available RSS Feeds by Subject Category: Follow the RSS Feeds link at to get started. Energy is one of the categories, for example.

“NTIS values its recognition by the technical information community, libraries, and participating Federal Government agencies as the leader in providing must-have U.S. Government technical content. To this end, NTIS will always strive to acquire, index, abstract, and archive the largest collection of Government-sponsored technical reports in existence.”

The October 2008 issue of the NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter is now available online from  To subscribe to the free Newsletter, just send an email with your name and email address to

Source, the October NTIS Technical Reports Newsletter

Free Patent Databases


In response to a question put to the Engineering Division of the Special Libraries Association, Mike White at Queen's University in Ontario, writes:

"For teaching and research purposes, the public patent databases are excellent resources. The quality and currency of the data is as good as the commercial sites. The patent office databases are updated weekly and most of the independent databases (FreePatentsOnline, Patent Lens, etc.) are current or no more than a week behind. My favorite is the EPO's esp@cenet system. It's user friendly, has tremendous content (60 million patents from 72+ jurisdictions) and an excellent classification search tool. I understand that they will be rolling out major enhancements to it sometime this fall. You might be interested in a comparison of free patent databases I posted recently on my blog."

PUL's Patent Resources guide is linkable from the "Articles and Databases" cluster, under "P" or "patent".  ("Articles and Databases") is on the Library's homepage.

Mike also notes that Thomson Reuters is rumored to have a powerful new patent searching database coming -- for professional patent searchers.

World Wide Science database


From Knowledgespeak Newsletter, June 18th:

"US DoE expands global science gateway - 18 Jun 2008

The US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information has announced that international science portal has expanded its scope to include connections to databases and scientific web sites from over 44 nations. allows users to question over 200 million science and technology documents not indexed by popular search engines. The portal linked to 12 databases from 10 countries when it debuted in June 2007. The lately expanded service includes 32 national scientific databases and links to portals from 44 countries.

DOE and the British Library along with eight other participating countries first struck an agreement to establish the portal in January 2007. gives science information consumers a single entry point for searching far-reaching science portals in parallel, with only one query, saving time and effort."


IF YOU WANT A CERTAIN ARTICLE, FIRST CHECK THE PRINCETON ONLINE CATALOG FOR THE AVAILABILITY HERE.  (Then you may (1)download or print, (2) request via document delivery ,or (3)order directly on your own.)

As great as this service is, I must point out that you will be invited to purchase papers to which the Princeton University Library has already purchased subscriptions.   You will want to re -search for the full text article by article, probably most reliably via the online catalog.  (Alternatives would be the e-journals listing or the e-journal finder.)  Additionally, I must say that not all articles/papers are missed by the popular search  engines. 

Introducing New Series & Databases in Science & Technology


Welcome to a resource for announcing new -- and improved -- series, databases and  search engines -- all dealing especially with STM (scientific, technological and medical) resources and publications.  New journals, especially multi-  and interdisciplinary titles, are being created at a steady pace it seems, and opportunities to publish in Open Access (OA) modes are also increasing.  With databases and search engines such as WorldCat and Google Scholar creating access across multiple publishers and vendors I wanted to make note of specific new titles.  Also reported here will be inprovements to existing databases and search engines.  Many journal changes will be reported, but not all.

Please make comments, ask questions, or start discussions.  You may also utilize this blog to make comments to the Science Library on holdings or subscriptions, and the notion of Open Access.

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