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Feds Launch

Fourteen scientific and technical information organizations from ten major science agencies have collaborated to create, a free Web portal providing access to science-related reports, databases and other information. Dubbed "FirstGov for Science," the site's resources include technical reports, journal citations, databases, federal web sites, and fact sheets.

Support for building the gateway came from CENDI, an interagency committee of senior managers of federal science and technology information programs. The site is aimed at the educational and library communities, as well as business people, entrepreneurs and agency scientists.

" aims to bring the substantial resources of the federal science and technology enterprise together, in one place. Working together, federal agencies have assembled countless pages of government research, data, and reports. The site is a great example of e-government in action," said Dr. John H. Marburger, director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The agencies participating in are the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, and Interior; the Environmental Protection Agency; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; and the National Science Foundation.

" provides the unique ability to search across the content within databases as well as across Web sites," said Eleanor Frierson, deputy director of the National Agricultural Library and co-chair of the Alliance, the interagency group that created "It shows that federal agencies can work together to pull off something none of them could do individually."