Elsevier and Tsinghua University Department of Computer Science and Technology Create New Research Productivity Solutions

Amsterdam, January 18, 2012 – Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has collaborated with Tsinghua University Department of Computer Science and Technology in Beijing to introduce four new research productivity enhancing applications for SciVerse Applications.

  • GeneTUKit: Recognizes gene mentions in article and abstract content within SciVerse ScienceDirect or SciVerse Scopus and links the concepts to knowledge databases like NCBI.
  • Company Search: Identifies companies relevant to a SciVerse ScienceDirect search query and links to profile information on PatentMiner.
  • Patent Search: Finds patents related to a SciVerse Hub or SciVerse ScienceDirect search query, ranks results based on relevance and links to patents on PatentMiner.
  • Topic Cloud: Displays top subtopics related to a SciVerse ScienceDirect query as a word cloud.

“The applications help researchers identify the hottest topics being published, find relevant companies, patents or experts, and automatically discover genes within articles,” said Jie Tang, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University.

“Our collaboration with Tsinghua University evolved from an initial concept a year ago to the thriving relationship it is today, and it continues to yield new tools for enhancing research productivity,” said Rafael Sidi, Vice President, Application Marketplace and Developer Network at Elsevier. “We look forward to continued collaboration.”

Elsevier began collaborating in late 2010 with Associate Professor Jie Tang at the Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University to develop Expert Search, an application that identifies computer science experts through Arnetminer, followed by the development of the Company Search, Patent Search and Topic Cloud applications. Elsevier partnered with Assistant Professor Minlie Huang to create the GeneTUKit application.

The ongoing collaboration has also led to the launch of the China Science Challenge, an online competition open to university students to develop solutions that help researchers in their research tasks.

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About Tsinghua University, Department of Computer Science and Technology
Tsinghua University is one of the foremost universities in China. The Department of Computer Science and Technology at Tsinghua University ranked first place from 2006-2009 in the Disciplines Rankings for Chinese Universities published by China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center which is an administrative department directly under the Ministry of Education of P. R. China, and is evaluated as the world class discipline in the international review program at Tsinghua University in 2010. The Department of Computer Science and Technology of Tsinghua University can be traced back over half a century ago. In 1956, Tsinghua University established the computer major, one of the first in China. The department has about 100 faculty members working in research areas including computer systems, networks, information processing, computer vision & media, data and knowledge engineering, and electronic design automation. In the past five decades, the Department of Computer Science and Technology has made significant contributions to the development of computer science and technology in China, and promoted teaching, research and product development in this field.

About the Elsevier SciVerse Suite
The SciVerse® suite of search and discovery offerings provides the global research community access to a constantly expanding universe of content and solutions which can now be accessed in one platform. The suite currently includes SciVerse ScienceDirect®, the world’s largest source of peer-reviewed content containing more than 10 million articles, and SciVerse Scopus®, an abstract and citation database containing 41 million records, 70% with abstracts and nearly 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide. The platform also includes SciVerse Hub which enables researchers to perform a single search across all of the SciVerse content as well as targeted web content with results ranked by relevancy and without duplication. Applications and Developer Network allow the scientific community to build, find and use applications that enhance the SciVerse research experience.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.elsevier.com

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