Elsevier Announces Partnership with FAST to Deliver Topic Pages for Scientific Communication on the Web
Innovative Resource will Encourage Communication, Collaboration by Creating Topic-focused web pages
Amsterdam, June 25, 2007– Elsevier, a world-leading scientific, technical and medical (STM) publisher, today announced a partnership with Fast Search & Transfer (FAST™) to create a new free online resource for the scientific community. Hosted on Scirus, Elsevier’s free search engine for scientific information, Topic Pages will pull together a variety of highly relevant academic information on a particular scientific topic of interest to researchers on a single web page. The Topic Pages will utilize intelligent search capabilities from the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (ESP).
"We are pleased that FAST is working with us on this exciting project that will offer an easy, and flexible communication and collaboration tool for scientists around the world," said Joris van Rossum, head of Scirus. "FAST's search capabilities, coupled with Elsevier’s network of editors, authors and online scientific resources will provide researchers a very useful resource for a specified topic."
Topic Pages are an innovative way for scientists to communicate in an informal and flexible way. Each Topic Page will provide researchers with summaries of a specific topic written by an authority in the particular subject area, with direct links to relevant scholarly papers, abstracts and citations, supplemented with relevant websites and other online resources from Scirus. In the initial phase, authors for Topic Pages are invited through an editorial process facilitated through Elsevier publishing staff. As more pages are developed, additional authoring options will be considered.
"By combining information retrieval and analysis, FAST ESP will help Topic Pages provide researchers with faster and more accurate results, leading to higher productivity, and faster discovery times," said Sven Arne Gylterud, senior vice president of products for FAST.
At the official Topic Page launch later this year, the functionality of the Topic Pages will allow scientists and researchers to alter the content and provide feedback, allowing each topic to be shaped by the suggestions made by the research community. Based on this community approach, Topic Pages might be expanded to include capabilities such as the ability for researchers to link to their bibliographies and comment on other researchers' works. In addition, the Topic Pages will serve as a place to find peers, communicate with other scientists, upload and rate a wide variety of relevant sources and help to shape and influence the tools and information provided on the Topic Pages themselves.
For more information on Scirus, visit www.scirus.com.
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FAST is recognized as the leading provider of search technologies to Global 500 enterprises. FAST’s flexible and scalable integrated technology platform and personalized portal connects users, regardless of medium, to the information, products, services and experts they need.
FAST is headquartered in Norway and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol 'FAST' on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The FAST Group operates globally with presence in Europe, the United States, Asia, Australia, the Americas, and the Middle East. For further information about FAST, please visit www.fastsearch.com.
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 each document. Searching both the full-text and metadata of over 400 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.
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, Research Intelligence and ClinicalKey— and publishes over 2,500 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and more than 35,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a world-leading provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.elsevier.com
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