Elsevier Science Launches Scirus.com

The First Comprehensive Search Engine Dedicated to Science



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Elsevier Science

    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Elsevier Science, the
 leading international publisher of scientific information, announced the
 launch of Scirus (www.scirus.com) -- a search engine dedicated to science --
 as part of the ScienceDirect(R) family of products.  Scirus is the world's
 most comprehensive search engine specifically designed for finding highly
 relevant scientific information.  Using the latest in search engine technology
 -- developed by Fast Search & Transfer, ASA (FAST) -- Scirus pinpoints both
 free and access-controlled scientific information sources that conventional,
 generic search engines cannot find.
     "We supply a tailor-made tool specifically for the scientist," said Derk
 Haank, CEO Elsevier Science.  "It really fulfills the desire of scientists to
 put important refereed research in the context of everything else that's
 available.  People don't like to search in boxes -- they want to search the
 universe.  The way I see it, Scirus is a targeted entrance to the universe."
     Scirus searches the whole world-wide-web, including access-controlled
 sites.  It currently covers more than 60 million science-related pages and is
 capable of reading non-text files in formats such as PDF and Postscript.
 Scirus yields more precise results because it indexes complete documents.  It
 can direct users to more peer-reviewed articles than any other search engine.
     Scirus is powered by the same core technology behind FAST's AllTheWeb.com,
 the world's freshest and most comprehensive search engine.  Scirus also
 leverages specialized linguistic search algorithms specifically designed to
 target scientific content.  FAST is providing hosting services for the Scirus
 search engine.
     The Internet has revolutionized the research process.  Scientists and
 researchers have a whole new set of expectations for information delivery.
 Scientists around the world tested the beta version in months preceding the
 launch of Scirus.  Their feedback was used to create a user experience
 specifically tailored to meet the needs of scientists.
     "The advantages of being able to find large amounts of information using
 general search engines are counteracted by the potential of a tremendous loss
 of precision," said Dr. Franz Guenthner, Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians
 University in Munich, Germany.  "Leveraging FAST search technology, Scirus
 bridges this gap by providing -- in a common index -- the possibility of
 querying both web documents and access controlled material through the same
 search window."
     In addition to scientific information that is freely available on the Web,
 Scirus will cover Elsevier Science's leading information resources:
 ScienceDirect, BioMedNet and Chemweb.  Elsevier Science is currently in final
 negotiations with other scientific publishing companies to make their
 proprietary databases searchable through Scirus.
     Scirus is also available as a Web search capability on ScienceDirect
 (www.sciencedirect.com), complementing both its breadth of scientific
 literature and the scientific content available via its extensive linking
 capabilities.
 
     About Fast Search & Transfer ASA
     Fast Search & Transfer ASA (FAST) powers the "information-on-demand"
 economy through a powerful platform of search and real-time filter solutions.
 FAST technology unlocks the ever-expanding volume of information on the wired
 and wireless Internet, and within enterprise networks and intranets.
 AllTheWeb.com, FAST's showcase product, is the world's most comprehensive and
 freshest Internet search engine.  Information-on-demand market leaders relying
 on FAST's highly scalable offerings include Reed Elsevier, Dell, Ericsson,
 KPNQwest, LookSmart, Lycos and TIBCO Software.  Shares in FAST are traded OTC
 in Oslo, Norway.
 
     About Elsevier Science
     Elsevier Science (www.elsevier.com) is the world's largest scientific,
 technical and medical information provider, publishing journals as well as
 books and secondary databases.  ScienceDirect offers its subscribers desktop
 access to the full text of nearly 1,200 journals, representing more than
 3 million full-text articles, published by Elsevier Science and other leading
 STM publishers.  Elsevier Science is part of the Reed Elsevier plc group
 (www.reedelsevier.com), a leading international publisher and information
 provider.  Operating in the scientific, legal and business-to-business
 industry sectors, Reed Elsevier provides information solutions to professional
 end users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a delivery method.
 
 

SOURCE Elsevier Science
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Elsevier Science, the
 leading international publisher of scientific information, announced the
 launch of Scirus (www.scirus.com) -- a search engine dedicated to science --
 as part of the ScienceDirect(R) family of products.  Scirus is the world's
 most comprehensive search engine specifically designed for finding highly
 relevant scientific information.  Using the latest in search engine technology
 -- developed by Fast Search & Transfer, ASA (FAST) -- Scirus pinpoints both
 free and access-controlled scientific information sources that conventional,
 generic search engines cannot find.
     "We supply a tailor-made tool specifically for the scientist," said Derk
 Haank, CEO Elsevier Science.  "It really fulfills the desire of scientists to
 put important refereed research in the context of everything else that's
 available.  People don't like to search in boxes -- they want to search the
 universe.  The way I see it, Scirus is a targeted entrance to the universe."
     Scirus searches the whole world-wide-web, including access-controlled
 sites.  It currently covers more than 60 million science-related pages and is
 capable of reading non-text files in formats such as PDF and Postscript.
 Scirus yields more precise results because it indexes complete documents.  It
 can direct users to more peer-reviewed articles than any other search engine.
     Scirus is powered by the same core technology behind FAST's AllTheWeb.com,
 the world's freshest and most comprehensive search engine.  Scirus also
 leverages specialized linguistic search algorithms specifically designed to
 target scientific content.  FAST is providing hosting services for the Scirus
 search engine.
     The Internet has revolutionized the research process.  Scientists and
 researchers have a whole new set of expectations for information delivery.
 Scientists around the world tested the beta version in months preceding the
 launch of Scirus.  Their feedback was used to create a user experience
 specifically tailored to meet the needs of scientists.
     "The advantages of being able to find large amounts of information using
 general search engines are counteracted by the potential of a tremendous loss
 of precision," said Dr. Franz Guenthner, Professor at Ludwig-Maximilians
 University in Munich, Germany.  "Leveraging FAST search technology, Scirus
 bridges this gap by providing -- in a common index -- the possibility of
 querying both web documents and access controlled material through the same
 search window."
     In addition to scientific information that is freely available on the Web,
 Scirus will cover Elsevier Science's leading information resources:
 ScienceDirect, BioMedNet and Chemweb.  Elsevier Science is currently in final
 negotiations with other scientific publishing companies to make their
 proprietary databases searchable through Scirus.
     Scirus is also available as a Web search capability on ScienceDirect
 (www.sciencedirect.com), complementing both its breadth of scientific
 literature and the scientific content available via its extensive linking
 capabilities.
 
     About Fast Search & Transfer ASA
     Fast Search & Transfer ASA (FAST) powers the "information-on-demand"
 economy through a powerful platform of search and real-time filter solutions.
 FAST technology unlocks the ever-expanding volume of information on the wired
 and wireless Internet, and within enterprise networks and intranets.
 AllTheWeb.com, FAST's showcase product, is the world's most comprehensive and
 freshest Internet search engine.  Information-on-demand market leaders relying
 on FAST's highly scalable offerings include Reed Elsevier, Dell, Ericsson,
 KPNQwest, LookSmart, Lycos and TIBCO Software.  Shares in FAST are traded OTC
 in Oslo, Norway.
 
     About Elsevier Science
     Elsevier Science (www.elsevier.com) is the world's largest scientific,
 technical and medical information provider, publishing journals as well as
 books and secondary databases.  ScienceDirect offers its subscribers desktop
 access to the full text of nearly 1,200 journals, representing more than
 3 million full-text articles, published by Elsevier Science and other leading
 STM publishers.  Elsevier Science is part of the Reed Elsevier plc group
 (www.reedelsevier.com), a leading international publisher and information
 provider.  Operating in the scientific, legal and business-to-business
 industry sectors, Reed Elsevier provides information solutions to professional
 end users, with increasing emphasis on the Internet as a delivery method.
 
 SOURCE  Elsevier Science