ScienceDirect Expands Search Capabilities With FAST ESP™


 FAST Extends Support for Elsevier’s Online Properties Enabling a Streamlined User Experience and Superior Interoperability


Oslo, Norway and Amsterdam, the Netherlands - 16 January 2007 - Fast Search & Transfer™ (OSEAX: FAST.OL) (FAST™), the leading developer of search technologies, and ScienceDirect, Elsevier's premier full-text research resource, today announced that ScienceDirect has deployed the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP™). With FAST ESP, ScienceDirect provides a more powerful search experience enabling users to access over eight million full-text scientific, technical and medical articles. FAST ESP was recently voted 'Top Search and Retrieval Technology' in Information Today's People's Choice Awards and is a finalist for the 2007 SIIA CODiE Awards.

Leveraging the impressive capabilities of FAST ESP, ScienceDirect will enable researchers to quickly find the most relevant information in their area of interest and expertise. Due to the enormous amount of information available via ScienceDirect, accurate, reliable and rapid search is critical to enabling users to leverage the information in a timely and efficient manner. ScienceDirect recently reached a major milestone by supporting its one-billionth full article download. Through the use of FAST ESP, ScienceDirect ensures the ability to continue to support this high volume of search and download activity.

FAST works with other Elsevier products and services, including Scopus, the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality Web sources. Scopus has relied on FAST ESP for more than two years and has experienced positive response from its user community for its exceptional search experience and result relevance. By using FAST search technology, ScienceDirect and Scopus will be able to improve the interoperability of the sites and further streamline the user experience for professionals who use both resources for research.

"ScienceDirect and Scopus are dedicated to bringing researchers the high-quality information they need, when they need it," said Amanda Spiteri, marketing director, ScienceDirect. "The implementation of the FAST search platform offers users an easy to use, yet customizable way of retrieving and ranking information. The interoperability between ScienceDirect and Scopus will be enhanced greatly by using the same search technology."

"FAST works closely with forward-thinking organizations like ScienceDirect and Scopus to provide the best possible user experience for their customers," added Julie Ginches, senior director of corporate communications for FAST. "As a result, it comes as no surprise to us that these products are dominating their market sectors."

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About FAST
FAST creates the real-time search and business intelligence solutions that are behind the scenes at the world’s best known companies with the most demanding information challenges. FAST’s flexible and scalable integrated technology platform and personalized portal connects users, regardless of medium, to the relevant information 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.

About ScienceDirect
Over a quarter of the world's full text scientific, technical and medical (STM) articles - managed by renowned editors, written by respected authors and read by researchers from around the globe - are available in one place: ScienceDirect. Elsevier's extensive and unique full-text collection covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature including high impact factor titles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Over 8 million articles are available online, including Articles in Press which offer rapid access to recently accepted manuscripts. The critical mass of information available on ScienceDirect is unsurpassed. Coverage includes over 2000 journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals from approximately 350 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program of online major reference works, handbooks, book series and e-Books in all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced in journal articles.

FAST
Brian Greehan Carine Zeier (Europe)
+1 781-418-2414 +47 23 01 12 00
fast@daviesmurphy.com pr@fastsearch.com


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, 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

Media Contacts:

ScienceDirect
Gertrude Hoogendoorn
+31 20 485 2517
g.hoogendoorn@elsevier.com