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爱思唯尔推出一站式科研信息平台:SciVerse
2010-8-31 14:35
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最近参加好几个出版论坛,接受几家媒体采访,大家都让我谈谈爱思唯尔是如何实现“从传统出版商到信息解决方案提供商的转型”。其实,这个转型从十年前ScienceDirect文献平台的推出发端,到现在也还远远不能说完成了,只是一个开始。

昨天,爱思唯尔在全球发布了SciVerse平台。个人觉得,这是爱思唯尔“向信息解决方案提供商”转型的一个代表性方向。

什么是SciVerse?概括起来讲,就是海量科研信息的一个一站式集散平台。这个平台,将帮助科研人员实现“少量搜索,更多信息”,而且,这些信息都是与科研相关的信息。SciVerse的主题词也不错:Open to Accelerate Science。我觉得Open这个词用得好。

上午花了一个多小时玩SciVerse的试用版,反复搜索一些关键词,查看检索结果和应用程序的功能。有这么几个感觉:

(1)体量大。内容不仅涵盖SD上所有的全文文献,还包括40多个学会和研究机构的机构数据库(机构仓储)以及网络上的相关科研信息。

(2)整合式。ScienceDirect, Scopus, Scirus, SciTopic等工具都被整合到一起。

(3)应用程序。即那些瞄准提高科研人员效率、对科研信息进行重新利用、产生想不到的附加值的小应用程序。这次上线的三个应用程序都是免费供SD和Scopus用户使用的。下半年会开放应用程序接口和SciVerse上所有的内容,只要有兴趣有能力,谁都可以依托这些内容开发新的应用程序。

SciVerse已经开通了一个网站,大家不妨一试。http://www.info.sciverse.com/sciverse-hub

有关SciVerse的新闻稿,见下文(英文):

Elsevier Introduces SciVerse, an Innovative Platform for Accelerating Science
 
-- Integrates ScienceDirect, Scopus and Targeted Web Content;
Offers New Search and Discovery Applications –
 
-- Opening APIs to Encourage Development of Customized Solutions
 
 
Amsterdam, 30 August 2010 Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced the launch of SciVerse, an innovative platform that integrates the company’s key products and encourages the scientific community to collaborate on the development of customized search and discovery applications. Elsevier has committed to releasing the APIs (application programming interfaces) for all of the content on SciVerse and will offer application development support tools on the site.
 
“SciVerse is a start of a new journey for Elsevier where we plan to provide customized search and discovery solutions and increase interoperability within our products and third party services,” said Jay Katzen, Managing Director, Academic & Government Products, Elsevier. “We recognize that it is critical to involve the researchers and librarians in the creation of solutions as they are in the best position to identify and address their search and discovery challenges. By providing our content APIs later this year, we will empower researchers and developers to build custom applications to enhance their workflow and share these applications with the scientific community within SciVerse.”
                                                              
A multi-phased initiative aimed at accelerating science through applications targeted to specific researcher needs, at launch SciVerse will include SciVerse Hub beta, a module that integrates ScienceDirect, Scopus and targeted web content from Scirus, Elsevier’s science-specific Internet search engine. SciVerse Hub beta allows for a single search across its integrated content with results ranked by relevancy and without duplication, saving valuable researcher time.
 
Combining familiar resources with new efficiencies, SciVerse also enables interoperability among ScienceDirect, Scopus and the new SciVerse Hub beta. For example, ScienceDirect users who also subscribe to Scopus will now be able to access key author information without leaving the article, and link directly into comprehensive lists of all an author’s documents and citations in Scopus.
 
SciVerse Hub beta will include three search and discovery applications at launch:
 
  • Methods section search application – allows researchers to search only the methodology and protocol sections of full-text articles.
  • Matching Sentences application – returns search results with the query words highlighted in the full sentence where they appear.
  • Prolific Authors application – prominently displays the most prolific authors for each search result.
 
The initial applications offer an example of the possible solutions that can be built using content APIs and were developed by NextBio, a provider of a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform for life sciences researchers which includes ontology-based semantic tools. Elsevier began collaborating with NextBio in 2009.
 
Elsevier will begin rolling out its APIs on SciVerse in Q4 of this year including content APIs for ScienceDirect, Scopus, and SciVerse Hub beta. In opening up this trusted content to development by the worldwide scientific and developer communities, SciVerse will allow for collaboration on applications that meet specific researcher challenges and enable the creation of customized solutions for efficiently finding, using and re-using SciVerse content.
 
"As a physician scientist, there is vast amount of information that is available for potential discoveries which has limited my ability to find and consume the right information in the time I have available for research,” said Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford, Palmetto Health/ University of South Carolina School of Medicine. “Applications that provide more intelligent results will significantly improve my workflow. I am very excited about the first SciVerse applications and eager to see new additions as the larger community begins development.”
 
For more information about SciVerse, please visit http://www.info.sciverse.com.
 
 
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About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.
 
A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world-leading publisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).
 
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