Well-Timed Scirus Announcements

Just last Friday, Elsevier announced that Joris van Rossum had been appointed as managing director of Scirus, its free science-specific search engine. The new exec had quite a debut at Internet Librarian, speaking on the Tuesday evening panel with the guys from Google and Microsoft.

Scirus also made news with the announcement this week of a new partnership with CrossRef. The partnership allows Scirus to collect metadata from hundreds of participating publishers via CrossRef’s new Web Services protocol. Joris said the initiative is designed to ensure high quality, authoritative content, accurate and up-to-date links, and clearly distinguished versions. He said it fits with Scirus’ ambition “to be the most comprehensive and trustworthy search engine for scientific published content on the Web.”

As for the future, Joris said Scirus plans to expand its content, increase coverage of institutional repositories to about 50 (currently it has about 10), and provide more library linking integration. Scirus currently has some 1 million regular users.

Paula J. Hane
News Bureau Chief
Information Today, Inc.

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