Personalized RSS Feeds Available From Elsevier’s Engineering Village 2

HOBOKEN, N.J. 19 July 2005 – Elsevier Engineering Information announced today that Engineering Village 2™, the leading web discovery platform for engineering research, is now offering custom RSS feeds for users seeking premium engineering content. Subscribers are now able to define their own searches against comprehensive engineering databases including Compendex® and Inspec®, and receive results delivered directly via RSS.

RSS, also known as Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary data, is an XML-based format used for providing users with an easy, fast and automatic content updates from relevant web sources. After a successful beta release in January 2005, Engineering Village 2 is among the first subscription based abstracting and indexing (A&I) services to allow users to view, group, organize and retain references (including article titles and hyperlinks) using their preferred RSS reader (compatible with all RSS 2.0 readers). It enables users to build their own search criteria based upon their specific areas of interest and create personalized RSS feeds in accordance with their own information needs.

“As an increasingly desirable method for locating web content, RSS holds tremendous potential for engineering research,” states Rafael Sidi, Vice-President of Engineering Information. “Adding RSS alerts to Engineering Village 2 encourages our researchers to create their own feeds and have weekly updates pushed directly to them. But most importantly, it’s a personalized technology, giving our users exactly the content they’re looking for.”

The introduction of RSS feeds to EV2 expands upon the platform's integration of the newest technologies to support engineering researchers with effective tools not commonly offered by traditional A&I services. Recognizing the potential of weblogs or blogs in the research process Engineering Village 2 is also offering a new “Blog this” feature supporting researchers in posting references to Engineering Village 2 documents to their personal blogs. Once researchers identify article references of interest, Engineering Village 2 will automatically generate HTML code to be pasted into a blog and contains a direct link to the referenced document. “Blog this” was created to support the growing number of engineering researchers using blogs as web based communication tools.

"One of our goals at the UW Libraries is to offer ‘any time, any place’ access to library resources" said Linda Whang, Engineering Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Washington. “Customized RSS alerts help us to achieve this goal by pushing personalized information to our users wherever they may be. They've been very excited about getting their search results this way.”

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About Engineering Information

Engineering Information is a leading provider of information solutions and discovery tools that meet the needs of the engineering and applied physical science communities. Elsevier Engineering Information publishes six bibliographic databases including Compendex®, Chimica®, Chemical Business NewsBase® and PaperChem®, and provides the online discovery platforms Engineering Village 2™ and ChemVillage™.

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).