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Elsevier unveils SciVerse, a platform for the scientific community -

STM publisher Elsevier, Netherlands, has announced the launch of SciVerse, a platform that seeks to integrate the company's key products and encourage the scientific community to collaborate on the development of customised search and discovery applications. Elsevier is releasing the APIs (application programming interfaces) for all of the content on SciVerse and will offer application development support tools on the site.

SciVerse is projected as a multi-phased initiative aimed at accelerating science through applications targeted to specific researcher needs. At launch, the platform will include SciVerse Hub beta, a module that integrates ScienceDirect, Scopus and targeted web content from Scirus, Elsevier's science-specific Internet search engine. SciVerse Hub beta allows for a single search across its integrated content with results ranked by relevancy and without duplication, in a bid to save researcher time.

Combining familiar resources with new efficiencies, SciVerse is also seen to enable interoperability among ScienceDirect, Scopus and the new SciVerse Hub beta. For instance, ScienceDirect users who also subscribe to Scopus will now be able to access key author information without leaving the article, and link directly into comprehensive lists of an author's documents and citations in Scopus.

SciVerse Hub beta will include three search and discovery applications at launch. These are: Methods section search application, Matching Sentences application; and Prolific Authors application. The Methods section search application will allow researchers to search only the methodology and protocol sections of full-text articles. The Matching Sentences application returns search results with the query words highlighted in the full sentence where they appear. Prolific Authors application prominently displays the most prolific authors for each search result.

The initial applications offer an example of the possible solutions that can be built using content APIs. These were developed by NextBio, a provider of a SaaS (Software as a Service) platform for life sciences researchers which includes ontology-based semantic tools. Elsevier began collaborating with NextBio in 2009.

Elsevier will begin rolling out its APIs on SciVerse in the fourth quarter of this year including content APIs for ScienceDirect, Scopus and SciVerse Hub beta. In opening up this content to development by the worldwide scientific and developer communities, SciVerse claims to allow for collaboration on applications that meet specific researcher challenges. It also expects to enable the creation of customised solutions for efficiently finding, using and re-using SciVerse content.

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