The beta version of Multilingual WorldWideScience.org was launched in June in Helsinki, Finland, at the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI) annual conference. It now provides the first-ever real-time searching and translation across globally dispersed, multilingual scientific literature.
Multilingual WorldWideScience.org allows users to conduct a single query of over 70 nationally sponsored scientific databases from around the world. Results from the databases are combined, ranked by relevance, and then translated into the user's preferred language. At the time of the launch, nine languages were available (Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian), and more languages will be added in the coming months.
Since its inception in 2007, WorldWideScience.org has grown from searching 12 databases in 10 countries to searching over 70 databases in 66 countries, covering more than 400 million pages of science.