Scirus launches repository search service

Amsterdam, June 7, 2005 – Elsevier today announced that its free science-specific search engine, Scirus, has launched Scirus Repository Search, a new service developed to support institutional repositories. T-Space, the University of Toronto’s institutional repository, is Scirus´ first collaboration. Scirus has added T-Space to its index and is also providing additional search capabilities on the T-Space website at no cost. The new initiative will make the intellectual output from the University of Toronto, the leading and most distinguished university in Canada, easier to find on both T-Space and the Scirus website.

Scirus indexed the full-text of T-Space’s complete repository consisting of articles, datasets, preprints, presentations, technical reports and more. By optimizing its field capturing, Scirus allows users to search on all important bibliographical information such as author, title and keyword. As with all valuable sources, Scirus will brand the search results so that users can easily identify T-Space content in the results list. The addition of T-Space’s unique content adds to the already extensive Scirus index, maintaining Scirus’ leadership as the most comprehensive source of science-focused content on the Web.

"Elsevier understands that an increasing amount of valuable content is currently held in academic repositories and has launched Scirus Repository Search to support institutes with these initiatives,” said Ammy Vogtlander, general manager of Scirus. “Scirus is proud to work with the University of Toronto to ensure the content found in T-Space is made available to Scirus’ one million users.”

Due to lack of resources, many institutes have a difficult time making their content available and searchable to their target audience. Scirus supports T-Space by providing additional powerful and up-to-date search capabilities to facilitate searching on the T-Space website, increasing visibility for the content and offering users an excellent search experience.

The University of Toronto is an important development partner and one of the first customers of Scopus, Elsevier's recently launched single Abstract and Indexing (A&I) database. Because Scirus web content is also integrated into Scopus, the University of Toronto is collaborating with Scirus to ensure that their Scopus users can easily find T-Space content.

"We are excited to work with Scirus, which offers impressive web search service and technology for our carefully built and unique repository,” said Rea Devakos, Service Coordinator at T-Space. "Along with Scirus, we are committed to making the valuable content coming from the University of Toronto more readily available to researchers, students, scientists and faculty at the University, as well as around the world.”

About T-Space

T-Space,, is the University of Toronto’s easy-to-use, dependable institutional repository (IR) service that manages, hosts, preserves and distributes faculty materials in digital formats. T-Space runs on DSpace open source software. Originally developed by MIT and Hewlett Packard, the software is installed at more than 125 institutions worldwide. The library will provide long term managed storage and a web-based search interface for digital materials submitted by faculty. This institutional repository can store a wide range of digital documents, such as learning objects, data sets and images in many formats, including text, graphical, audio and video. Library staff will launch a custom T-Space portal for each

About University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is Canada’s leading teaching and research university. Nearly two centuries of growth have yielded spectacular results. With campuses in downtown Toronto, Mississauga and Scarborough, U of T has over 9,000 faculty and staff, and more than 60,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The library has over 15 million holdings and is one of the top 4 academic research libraries in North America

U of T has been the birthplace of major research achievements such as the discovery of insulin, the creation of the first electronic heart pacemaker, the single lung transplant and the discovery of the gene responsible for the most severe form of Alzheimer's disease. Recent advances include the discovery of the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis, cloning of the T-cell gene, and the world's first nerve transplant.

About Scirus

Scirus is the most comprehensive science-focused search engine available on the Internet. Driven by the latest search engine technology and searching over 200 million science-specific pages, Scirus gives users the ability to pinpoint scientific, technical, scholarly and medical information on the Internet. Scirus supports over one million researchers, scientists and students worldwide, offering them a unique combination of free Web information and journal content, patent databases, digital archives and libraries, repositories and preprint servers. Scirus has won several 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 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.

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Rea Devakos, University of Toronto Libraries

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