Scitopia.org, a free, federated search portal created by science and technology societies, removed its beta label, marking the official launch of its service. The scitopia.org beta was opened in June, allowing users to test the site. During that time, libraries around the world--including the Library of Congress, Stanford University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and libraries in Australia, Ireland and Italy--have included links to scitopia.org from their websites so patrons could use the service during its development. During the beta phase, scitopia.org's cross-file searching was refined, in an attempt to increase the precision and consistency of keyword and author searches. The interface was modified according to user feedback, aligning the language and layout with searchers' expectations. The scitopia.org interface, developed by Deep Web Technologies, includes both simple and advanced search options, which allow users to find articles by title or author name, or conduct a keyword search.
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