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

July 29, 2010

AMSTERDAM, July 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

– Elsevier Articles now Graphically Enriched With Information From

Elsevier, a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, and PANGAEA – Publishing Network for
Geoscientific & Environmental Data – today announced their next step in
interconnecting the diverse elements of scientific research. Elsevier
articles at ScienceDirect are now enriched with graphical information linking
to associated research data sets that are deposited at PANGAEA. This
enrichment functionality offers a blueprint of how Elsevier would like to
work with data set repositories all over the world.

This next step follows the introduction, last February, of ‘reciprocal
linking’ – automatically linking research data sets deposited at PANGAEA to
corresponding articles in Elsevier journals on its electronic platform
ScienceDirect and vice versa. The new feature adds a map to every
ScienceDirect article that has associated research data at PANGAEA; it
displays all geographical locations for which such data is available. A
single click then brings the user from the ScienceDirect article to the
research data set at PANGAEA.

“With an increasing interest in the preservation of research data, it is
very important to make those data clearly visible in the context of the
formal research publications,” commented IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Vice
President Content Innovation at Elsevier. “Elsevier is committed to advance
science by investing in such collaborations with data set repositories. This
new 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 Center
for Marine Environmental Sciences, Bremen University, added: “This continuing
collaboration with Elsevier is an excellent example of an overall system of
deeply connected data archives and publishers which offers better prospects
for the quality and reliability of scientific information. The availability
of scientific data in context is one of the key factors for the further
development in empirical sciences. The realization of large scale and/or
complex science approaches requires consistent quality assured data compiled
from various projects and science fields. Also, the verification and thus the
credibility of scientific results relies on full transparency and explicit
reference to underlying data and related methods.”

The linking of data and content has the potential to streamline the
research process, bringing relevant information to researchers with fewer
clicks and through quicker searches. Judson Dunham, Senior Product Manager at
ScienceDirect: “This highlights the value that ScienceDirect can deliver on
its platform by giving researchers the papers they need and helping them to
put those papers in context, delivering unique value to the user.
ScienceDirect has built the capability to quickly plug in specialized
applications like this as they are developed, so that external data or
relevant analysis tools can be integrated directly in the online article as
opportunities emerge. More such integrations are planned for the near future.”


PANGAEA is a data library which links primary data related to articles in
earth and environmental science journals and thus may serve some hundred
journals of the Elsevier portfolio. In the first phase, more than 1,000
articles from various earth science journals were linked. The data are freely
available from the publication’s page in ScienceDirect, without a login or
subscription. PANGAEA, as a library, is open to any field of earth system
research, enabling a bibliographic citation of datasets with identification
via DOI and a widespread distribution through portals, library catalogs and
search engines, which is currently unique on the Internet. PANGAEA is
operated by the research institutions AWI and MARUM.

About the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI):

The Alfred Wegener Institute conducts research in the Arctic, Antarctic
and oceans of the temperate latitudes and covers all disciplines of earth
system research. It coordinates polar research in Germany and provides major
infrastructure to the international scientific community, such as the
Polarstern research icebreaker and stations in the Arctic and Antarctic. AWI
is one of the sixteen research centres of the Helmholtz Association, the
largest scientific organisation in Germany.


MARUM Center for Marine Environmental Sciences at Bremen University aims
at understanding the role of the oceans in the Earth’s system by employing
state-of-the-art methods. It examines the significance of the oceans within
the framework of global change, quantifies interactions between the marine
geosphere and biosphere, and provides information for sustainable use of the

About ScienceDirect

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online major reference works, handbooks, book series and over 4,400 eBooks in
all fields of science seamlessly interlinks with primary research referenced
in journal articles.

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which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more

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