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Photographs and images from the government

Government “documents” come in all shapes and sizes and formats. I have never delved much into images available from government agencies, but there are a lot and it is increasingly easy to find collections of them. The current (April 4, 2014 — Volume 20, Number 13) edition of The Scout Report, for example, describes the Public Health Image Library (PHIL) as offering an “organized, universal electronic gateway to the Center for Disease Control’s pictures.” (Note: the site cautions that it “includes subject matter that might be unsuitable for children. Viewing discretion is advised.”)

Even better, the PHIL web site “links” page lists many United States Federal Government “Photo Repositories.” Here is a copy of that list:

Hat tip to The Scout Report.

“Enhancements To WorldWideScience.org Include Arabic Translation, Mobile Capability, and Multimedia Results”

From the OSTI:

Arabic has been added to the suite of translated languages at WorldWideScience.org, bringing the total number of translated languages to 10.

At WorldWideScience.org, your query can be translated into the languages of the search engine’s 80-plus databases and the results can be translated into your preferred language.

In addition, WorldWideScience.org has added a new multimedia search capability, including search of speech-indexed scientific videos from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and CERN. Speech-indexing is provided by the Microsoft Research Audio Video Indexing System (MAVIS).

Also, a mobile version of WorldWideScience.org (http://m.worldwidescience.org) has been launched, which will mark another first in the field of federated search.