Elsevier and PANGAEA Take Next Step in Connecting Research Articles to Data

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AMSTERDAM, July 29, 2010

- Elsevier Articles now Graphically Enriched With Information FromPANGAEA Data Sets

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medicalinformation products and services, and PANGAEA - Publishing Network forGeoscientific & Environmental Data - today announced their next step ininterconnecting the diverse elements of scientific research. Elsevierarticles at ScienceDirect are now enriched with graphical information linkingto associated research data sets that are deposited at PANGAEA. Thisenrichment functionality offers a blueprint of how Elsevier would like towork with data set repositories all over the world.

This next step follows the introduction, last February, of 'reciprocallinking' - automatically linking research data sets deposited at PANGAEA tocorresponding articles in Elsevier journals on its electronic platformScienceDirect and vice versa. The new feature adds a map to everyScienceDirect article that has associated research data at PANGAEA; itdisplays all geographical locations for which such data is available. Asingle click then brings the user from the ScienceDirect article to theresearch data set at PANGAEA.

"With an increasing interest in the preservation of research data, it isvery important to make those data clearly visible in the context of theformal research publications," commented IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, VicePresident Content Innovation at Elsevier. "Elsevier is committed to advancescience by investing in such collaborations with data set repositories. Thisnew feature will allow readers to easily go beyond the content of an article,and drill down to the research data sets."

Dr. Michael Diepenbroek, Managing Director of PANGAEA at the MARUM Centerfor Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen University, added: "This continuingcollaboration with Elsevier is an excellent example of an overall system ofdeeply connected data archives and publishers which offers better prospectsfor the quality and reliability of scientific information. The availabilityof scientific data in context is one of the key factors for the furtherdevelopment in empirical sciences. The realization of large scale and/orcomplex science approaches requires consistent quality assured data compiledfrom various projects and science fields. Also, the verification and thus thecredibility of scientific results relies on full transparency and explicitreference to underlying data and related methods."

The linking of data and content has the potential to streamline theresearch process, bringing relevant information to researchers with fewerclicks and through quicker searches. Judson Dunham, Senior Product Manager atScienceDirect: "This highlights the value that ScienceDirect can deliver onits platform by giving researchers the papers they need and helping them toput those papers in context, delivering unique value to the user.ScienceDirect has built the capability to quickly plug in specializedapplications like this as they are developed, so that external data orrelevant analysis tools can be integrated directly in the online article asopportunities emerge. More such integrations are planned for the near future."


PANGAEA is a data library which links primary data related to articles inearth and environmental science journals and thus may serve some hundredjournals of the Elsevier portfolio. In the first phase, more than 1,000articles from various earth science journals were linked. The data are freelyavailable from the publication's page in ScienceDirect, without a login orsubscription. PANGAEA, as a library, is open to any field of earth systemresearch, enabling a bibliographic citation of datasets with identificationvia DOI and a widespread distribution through portals, library catalogs andsearch engines, which is currently unique on the Internet. PANGAEA isoperated by the research institutions AWI and MARUM.

About the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI):

The Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, Antarcticand oceans of the temperate latitudes and covers all disciplines of earthsystem research. It coordinates polar research in Germany and provides majorinfrastructure to the international scientific community, such as thePolarstern research icebreaker and stations in the Arctic and Antarctic. AWIis one of the sixteen research centres of the Helmholtz Association, thelargest scientific organisation in Germany.


MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at Bremen University aimsat understanding the role of the oceans in the Earth's system by employingstate-of-the-art methods. It examines the significance of the oceans withinthe framework of global change, quantifies interactions between the marinegeosphere and biosphere, and provides information for sustainable use of theocean.

About ScienceDirect

Over a quarter of the world's full text scientific, technical and medical(STM) peer-reviewed articles - managed by renowned editors, written byrespected authors and read by researchers from around the globe - areavailable in one place: ScienceDirect.

Elsevier's extensive and unique full-text collection covers authoritativetitles from the core scientific literature including high impact factortitles such as THE LANCET, Cell and Tetrahedron. Over nine million articlesare available online, including Articles in Press which offer online accessto recently accepted manuscripts. The critical mass of trusted informationavailable on ScienceDirect is unsurpassed. Coverage includes over 2,500journals published by Elsevier and dynamic linking to journals fromapproximately 2,000 STM publishers through CrossRef. An expanding program ofonline major reference works, handbooks, book series and over 4,400 eBooks inall fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referencedin journal articles.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical andmedical information products and services. The company works in partnershipwith the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000journals, including The Lancet (http://www.thelancet.com) and Cell(http://www.cell.com), and close to 20,000 book titles, including majorreference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions includeScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com), Scopus (http://www.scopus.com),Reaxys (http://www.reaxys.com), MD Consult (http://www.mdconsult.com) andNursing Consult (http://www.nursingconsult.com), which enhance theproductivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite(http://www.scival.com) and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (http://www.medai.com),which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes morecost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier(http://www.elsevier.com) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is partof Reed Elsevier Group PLC (http://www.reedelsevier.com), a world-leadingpublisher and information provider, which is jointly owned by Reed ElsevierPLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam),REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).Media Contact Harald Boersma Senior Manager Corporate Relations Tel +31-20-485-2736 h.boersma@elsevier.com

SOURCE Elsevier

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