Scirus Indexes Wageningen University and Research Centre’s Institutional Repository

Partnership in the Dutch Academic Community increases the visibility of life sciences research on the Web

Amsterdam, September 20, 2006 – Elsevier announced today that its free science-specific search engine, Scirus, has further expanded its repository search service in Europe through a partnership with Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR), to index its repository. This is the first partnership of this kind for Scirus in the Netherlands.

The Wageningen Yield database (WaY) consists of a combination of bibliographic and full text records related to agriculture, the specialization of the University. Scirus has indexed WaY’s approximately 7,100 full text documents and added this content to Scirus.com, making it available to Scirus’ user base worldwide. The majority of these documents are in English with a small number in Dutch, and their content includes theses, articles, preprints/technical reports, books and patents.

“In an effort to promote and acknowledge the outstanding academic studies that are based in the Netherlands, we selected Scirus for its optimal search engine capabilities as well as its branding features,” said Hubert Krekels, manager of the WaY repository. “Working with Scirus not only increases the visibility of our repository, it also brings attention to the ever-growing fields of nutrition, health, nature and the living environments.”

“Our partnership with Wageningen University and Research Centre is valuable, as it not only helps to stimulate the growth and visibility of Dutch repositories, but also, expands our Dutch language coverage,” said Saskia van Acker, content manager of Scirus. “Scirus continues to serve the scientific and academic communities by offering high quality content from leading institutes around the globe.”

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About Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR)
Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR) provides education and generates knowledge in the field of life sciences and natural resources. Wageningen UR aims to make a real contribution to the quality of life. To the university, quality of life means both an adequate supply of safe and healthy food and drink, on the one hand, and the chance to live, work and play in a balanced ecosystem with a large variety of plants and animals. Wageningen UR is a collaboration between Wageningen University, Van Hall Larenstein School of Higher Professional Education and the specialised research institutes (DLO) from the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture. Wageningen UR can be accessed at http://www.wur.nl

About the Wageningen Yield (WaY)
The Wageningen Yield (WaY) database contains references to all books, articles, dissertations, reports and abstracts authored by Wageningen University staff from 1976 onwards. For documents authored by the staff of the Research Institutes within Wageningen UR, the database contains publications authored from 1995 onwards. The WaY database is updated daily. WaY contains documents which are subject to copyright restrictions. These documents will not be accessible from outside Wageningen UR. The WaY repository can be accessed at http://library.wur.nl/way

About Scirus
Scirus is the most comprehensive science-focused search engine available on the Internet, supporting over one million researchers, scientists and students worldwide. Scirus offers users a unique combination of free Web information and journal content, clearly branding search results from proprietary sources, assuring users the validity of the content. Web sources searched by Scirus include research institutes, governments, scientific organizations, conferences, scientists’ homepages and company homepages worldwide. Optimized for science-related queries, Scirus uses a dictionary with over 1.6 million scientific terms, unique pattern recognition tools and linguistic analysis, to classify the content type and recognize the relevance of 250 million scientifically relevant pages. Scirus offers users unique search functionalities such as the ability to search on bibliographical information and specific content types. Scirus is the recipient of numerous International awards, including the Search Engine Watch award for Best Specialty Search Engine and the WebAward for Best Search Engine or Directory.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence,and ClinicalKey—and publishes over 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC, a world leading provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, 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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