SciVerse

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Elsevier has launched SciVerse, which it describes as an innovative platform that integrates the company’s key products and encourages the scientific community to collaborate on the development of customised search and discovery applications. Elsevier has committed to 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 a start of a new journey for Elsevier where we plan to provide customised search and discovery solutions and increase interoperability within our products and third party services,' said Jay Katzen, managing director, academic & government products at Elsevier.

At launch SciVerse 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, saving valuable researcher time.

SciVerse Hub beta will include three search and discovery applications at launch: methods section search application; matching sentences application; and prolific authors application.The initial applications offer an example of the possible solutions that can be built using content APIs and 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 will begin rolling out its APIs on SciVerse in Q4 of this year including content APIs for ScienceDirect, Scopus, and SciVerse Hub beta.

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