Scirus and CrossRef Announce Web Services Partnership

Scirus and CrossRef Announce Web Services Partnership

Amsterdam, October 24, 2006 - Elsevier today announced that Scirus, its free, science-specific search engine, has signed an agreement with CrossRef, the cross-publisher linking network with over 2200 participating publishers and societies, to become a Web Services Search Partner. The partnership allows Scirus to collect metadata from hundreds of participating publishers via CrossRef’s new Web Services protocol. This combined approach improves how researchers, academics, students, and librarians search authoritative, scientific published content.

CrossRef Web Services were developed to optimize the way in which published articles are indexed and disclosed on the Web. By making agreements with search partners to utilize a clearly defined protocol, CrossRef Web Services ensure that the indexed data are kept up to date and that the Digital Object Identifier is used to guarantee accurate and persistent links to the source articles being indexed. The Web Services protocol also ensures published articles are clearly distinguished from other versions in Web results.

“Scirus already uniquely enables the most accurate searching of authoritative scientific content through the addition of classification codes, identification of information types and bibliographic metadata,” said Joris van Rossum, Head of Scirus. “This partnership, which allows us to take advantage of the new Web Services protocol, fits perfectly with Scirus’ ambition to be the most comprehensive and trustworthy search engine for scientific published content on the Web.”

“This partnership with Scirus is exciting because we share a mutual goal – that metadata be used to help users locate authoritative versions of content published by CrossRef members,” said Amy Brand, Director of Business and Product Development for CrossRef. “Scirus is among the first search partners to sign up to the Web Services agreement and takes the Web Services approach well on the way to becoming an established industry standard.”

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About CrossRef
CrossRef is a non-profit membership association, founded and directed by publishers. Its mission is to improve access to published scholarship through collaborative technologies. CrossRef operates a cross-publisher citation linking system, and is an official DOI (Digital Object Identifier) registration agency. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Additional information can be found at www.crossref.org.

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 over 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 nearly 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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