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Northwestern University Joins VIVO Network with Elsevier’s SciVal Experts

August 9, 2012

NEW YORK, August 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Expertise Profiling Application Enables Researchers to Find Collaborators Throughout
Northwestern University and Across VIVO

Northwestern University [http://www.northwestern.edu ], in collaboration with Elsevier
[http://www.elsevier.com ], a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, today announced its participation in VIVO
[http://vivoweb.org ], a semantic network that enables the discovery of researchers across
institutions. By bringing its researchers together in a single hub called Northwestern
Scholars [http://www.scholars.northwestern.edu ], an implementation of Elsevier’s SciVal
Experts [http://www.info.scival.com/experts/vivo ] research networking tool, and
connecting to VIVO through SciVal, Northwestern University facilitates collaboration and
accelerates knowledge discovery within the organization and with other research
institutions throughout the United States and beyond.

Northwestern Scholars provides the Northwestern University research community, other
research organizations and the public with a networking website and searchable database to
discover Northwestern faculty members’ individual research expertise. The hub is populated
with publication data from Elsevier’s Scopus(R) database and Northwestern University’s own
grants and faculty appointment data as well as investigators’ curriculum vitae data. The
application contains profiles for nearly 3,000 researchers across Northwestern’s 12
schools, housing over 115,000 publications.

By connecting to the VIVO semantic network, Northwestern University can now share its
data with other web-based applications that support research collaboration. VIVO uses a
common data standard that allows research expertise software applications to work together
seamlessly, and provides a framework for open discovery of research networks.
VIVO-compliant software tools can now use Northwestern University’s profile data to help
scholars across the globe discover Northwestern faculty members’ expertise, and in turn
investigators at Northwestern can use the tools to find experts at other institutions.

“By adopting SciVal and participating in the VIVO network, we are making it easier for
investigators throughout Northwestern University to form research teams, find reviewers
for grant applications and become more competitive in securing funding,” said Ruth
Reingold, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Northwestern University, who has led the
implementation of the system. “We are sharing a wide range of expertise data across VIVO
so that other institutions can discover the research and scholarship at Northwestern.”

Niels Weertman, Vice President, SciVal, at Elsevier, said, “As the competitiveness of
the funding landscape continues to increase, research institutions must look for smart
tools and initiatives like SciVal Experts and VIVO that support the partnerships that can
secure collaborative extramural research funding, Elsevier is an avid supporter of VIVO
and is pleased to partner with Northwestern University to enable its research community to
become more accessible to scholars and the public.”

SciVal Experts uses the Elsevier Fingerprint Engine(TM), an advanced semantic
technology, to identify investigators’ specific areas of expertise. This makes it easier
to find collaborators and build an intellectual inventory of the university. Now available
to all institutions, SciVal Experts’ VIVO integration can save organizations the
substantial time and resources required to launch and maintain their own research
networking system.

About Northwestern University

Founded in 1851, Northwestern University is one of the country’s leading private
research and teaching universities with an enrollment of approximately 8,000 full-time
undergraduate students and approximately 8,000 full-time graduate and professional
students and approximately 2,000 part-time students on campuses in Evanston and Chicago,
Illinois, and Doha, Qatar. Northwestern combines innovative teaching and pioneering
research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic
boundaries. Northwestern provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for
intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of

About Elsevier’s SciVal Suite
Elsevier’s SciVal(R) suite [http://www.info.scival.com ] of services supports academic and
government leadership in evaluating, establishing and executing research strategies that
optimize the performance of existing assets and maximize investments to enhance near and
long-term productivity. SciVal tools leverage Scopus(R) data, Elsevier’s trusted source of
bibliometric data, to offer innovative yet authoritative solutions. Current suite
offerings include: SciVal Spotlight [http://www.info.scival.com/spotlight ], a strategic
tool that generates unique institutional and country maps of existing and emerging
research strengths based on an interdisciplinary perspective of current performance;
SciVal Funding [http://www.info.scival.com/funding ], an online solution that provides
targeted recommendations on grants to pursue based on pre-populated research profiles and
historical awards; SciVal Strata [http://www.info.scival.com/strata ], a web-based
research performance tool that offers users the flexibility to construct relevant
contextual data to evaluate research teams or individual researchers, using a range of
indicators based on Scopus data; SciVal Experts [http://www.info.scival.com/experts ], a
semantic technology-based application that enables researchers to identify and locate
sources of expertise at an individual or departmental level within and across

About VIVO

VIVO is an open source semantic web application for integrating and sharing
information about researchers and their activities and outputs at a single institution
while supporting discovery of related work and expertise across a distributed network.
VIVO is fundamentally interdisciplinary; it enables and promotes the discovery of research
and scholarship across traditional boundaries of geography, organization structure and
type, academic or clinical or applied domain, technology, language, and culture.

There is a diverse collection of activities associated with the VIVO project, across
federal agencies, academic institutions, professional societies, and data providers, as
well as a variety of efforts with the Semantic Web and ontology development communities.
Significant partners include CASRAI (Consortium Advancing Standards in Research
Administration Information), euroCRIS (Current Research Information Systems) and the ORCID
(Open Researcher and Contributor ID) Initiative.

Producers of VIVO-compliant data include: the USDA (United States Department of
Agriculture), Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Consortium institutions, the
American Psychological Association and the Publish Trust Project, Symplectic Limited, the
Australian-based ANDS VIVO project, and a growing number of institutional VIVO
implementers around the world. For more information about VIVO, please visit:


About Elsevier
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information
products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health
communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet
[http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell [http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book
titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online
solutions include ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], Scopus
[http://www.scopus.com ], Reaxys [http://www.reaxys.com ], ClinicalKey
[http://www.clinicalkey.com ] and Mosby’s Nursing Suite [http://www.confidenceconnected.com
], which enhance the productivity 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 more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ]
employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC
[http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a world-leading publisher and information provider, which
is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN
(Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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