Scitopia.org Celebrates SLA Centennial with New Content Partners

June 15, 2009

Site also adds convenient new browser toolbar plug-in

WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire/ — Scitopia.org, the free, federated search portal created by leading science and engineering societies, has signed three new content partners, expanding its single-search access to include the digital libraries of the Association of Facilities Engineering (AFE), Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) and Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (ICST). Further, functionality has been enhanced with a browser plug-in that enables scitopia.org searches to be launched from the user’s toolbar. The site’s enhancements were announced at the Special Libraries Association conference and centennial celebration in Washington, D.C.

AFE will contribute global journal content related to plant and facility engineering, operation and maintenance, especially for Fortune 500 manufacturers, universities, medical centers and government agencies. SEG’s content contribution focuses on expert and ethical practice of geophysics. ICST provides peer-reviewed journal articles that examine innovation and technology transfer in information technologies, their management and their applications.

With scitopia.org’s new browser plug-in, users can launch searches of scitopia.org content from their Internet browser’s toolbar, making access fast and easy. Downloading the plug-in is simple: users visit http://www.scitopia.org/scitopia/extras.html and click on scitopia.org to automatically add it to their search box.

Scitopia.org uses a unique federated search engine, developed by Deep Web Technologies, that accommodates continuously growing content without slowing the search process. Each partner uses a standardized XML gateway to handle search queries, resulting in fast, accurate results. Search efficiency and precision are essential since scitopia.org now includes more than 3.5 million documents — primarily peer-reviewed journal content and conference proceedings — spanning 350 years of scholarship.

Libraries around the world — including the Library of Congress, Stanford University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and libraries in Australia, Ireland and Italy — include links to scitopia.org from their web sites. To access scitopia.org directly, visit http://www.scitopia.org.

About Scitopia.org

The federated vertical search portal scitopia.org is the product of the imagination and collaboration of leading science and engineering societies. A single search allows users to scan the entire electronic libraries of the Acoustical Society of America (http://asa.aip.org); American Geophysical Union (http://www.agu.org); American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (http://www.aiaa.org); American Institute of Physics (http://www.aip.org); American Physical Society (http://www.aps.org); American Society of Civil Engineers (http://www.asce.org); American Society of Mechanical Engineers (http://www.asme.org); Association of Facilities Engineering (http://www.afe.org); Audio Engineering Society (http://www.aes.org); AVS Science and Technology of Materials, Interfaces and Processing (http://www.avs.org); ECS (http://www.electrochem.org); IEEE (http://www.ieee.org); Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering (http://www.icst.org); Institute of Physics Publishing (http://www.iop.org); Institution of Mechanical Engineers’ Professional Engineering Publishing (http://www.pepublishing.com); International Union of Crystallography (http://www.iucr.org); Optical Society of America (http://www.osa.org); Royal Society (http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk); Royal Society of Chemistry (http://www.rsc.org); Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (http://www.siam.org); Society of Exploration Geophysicists (http://www.seg.org); and SPIE (http://www.spie.org). Scitopia.org expects to continually add new partner societies from the science and engineering community, continuously expanding the depth and breadth of the service. Publishers who want information on becoming a partner, should contact partners@scitopia.org.

Contact: Beth Dempsey 248.349.7810 beth@bethdempsey.com

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