SciVerse Applications Beta

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Elsevier has launched SciVerse Applications beta. This new module within the SciVerse platform promises to empower the scientific community to develop and share customised solutions that advance the search and discovery process through its marketplace and developer network. More than a dozen applications for improving researcher workflow and enhancing the value of existing content are now available to be integrated directly into the core SciVerse user experience.

The launch includes the release of content APIs from SciVerse ScienceDirect, SciVerse Scopus and SciVerse Hub beta, as well as framework APIs allowing applications to be integrated directly into SciVerse. Applications can access data from hundreds of millions of articles, abstracts and other scientific information within SciVerse, and integrate into key parts of the SciVerse user interface such as search results pages and article and record views across all SciVerse products. The APIs as well as access to the tools and documentation necessary for developing applications are available via a developer section within the module.

'Recognising the value to bring user-generated apps to the scientific landscape and responding to researcher need, the SciVerse Applications beta is another major step in our commitment to help usher in a new era in scientific search and discovery,' explained Jay Katzen, managing director of academic & government products at Elsevier. 'The current applications only begin to illustrate the possibilities. We have many more in the pipeline from the community and expect 2011 to be an exciting year. As the wider scientific community becomes involved, the potential to drive innovation and accelerate science will become exponentially greater.'

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