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Next! after 2collab, Elsevier has decided to discontinue SciTopics, the science wiki…
According a Elsevier statement, “the service has not provided the unique value that we had envisioned, resulting in insufficient growth and momentum”.
SciTopics is one in a series of innovations developed by Elsevier in recent years to help scientific authors increase exposure for themselves and their work and to facilitate knowledge sharing. Most of these initiatives are successful, a few aren’t. More importantly, we endeavour to learn from our less successful projects and apply that learning to new products that benefit the scientific community.
The continuously expanding realm of online social networks, wikis and collaboration platforms already provide a great deal of what SciTopics originally set out to offer. This means that we will focus on alternative strategies in our ongoing development of products and services that help researchers improve their work processes and services.
Elsevier has disabled all new activity on the SciTopics site and therefore no new content will be posted. However, the site will continue in a read-only mode allowing review of existing articles.
According several Elsevier communications to customers:
SciVerse would be launched at the end of August 2010.
It will enable an integrated search across ScienceDirect, Scopus,
Scirus, and greater interoperability across the applications.
Additional applications will provide value-added capabilities such as
search refinements and analytics leveraging the combined content.
It would combine:
- 42 millions of abstracts (Scopus)
- 10 millions of full-text (ScienceDirect)
- 10,000 ebooks
- + Scientific web (Scirus)
- + Scientific wiki (SciTopics)
- + Specific applications from SciVal (Research Performance evaluation)
New SciVerse applications such as search within experimental methods and
analysis of prolific authors will result in faster and more precise
results. Combining the three world leading STM resources under a common
SciVerse search interface, will provide an unparalleled resource for
researchers to accelerate discovery and scientific outcome.
At the end of August 2010 the SciVerse platform will be introduced FREE
OF CHARGE as an enhancement to existing ScienceDirect and/or Scopus
subscription as well as being integrated with Scirus.
www.sciverse.com (as of end of august)
A very exhaustive presentation, introducing Elsevier’s products