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Elsevier Enriches Articles With Research Data Sets

Elsevier and PANGAEA (Publishing Network for Geoscientific & Environmental Data) 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 (emphasis added).

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. The information system PANGAEA is operated as an open access library aimed at archiving, publishing, and distributing georeferenced data from earth system research.

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, says, "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."

Source: Elsevier



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