Elsevier and Wood Mackenzie to Combine Scientific and Commercial Information Into Geofacets

By Elsevier, PRNE
Sunday, April 10, 2011

Collaboration Further Helps Geoscientists Enhance Their Geological Basin Assessments and Models With More Comprehensive Insights

NEW YORK, April 11, 2011 - Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of scientific, technical
and medical information products and services, today announced a
collaboration with Wood Mackenzie (www.woodmacresearch.com/), a top
provider of research and consultancy to the energy and metals industries.
This enhancement to Geofacets brings together the collection of geological
maps and information sourced from Elsevier's peer reviewed earth sciences
journals with high level commercial information from Wood Mackenzie,
improving the customer experience and benefits of Elsevier's web-based
Geofacets (www.geofacets.com/) product.

Geofacets is a web-based database of georeferenced geological
maps that integrates seamlessly with the workflow of geoscientists who are
working in upstream exploration. Its intuitive design lets users search via
keyword or map interface, and allows users to refine results via the
geo-based search facets: map type, surface area and geological basins. With
maps sourced from Elsevier's market-leading earth science journal collection,
and map overlays that now include summary commercial information from Wood
Mackenzie, Geofacets efficiently delivers insights as geoscientists gather
information to assess a geological basin's characteristics, as well as its
potential prospect or play for oil and gas resources.

"This is one of several planned updates that ensure we
continually help our customers address their real questions and challenges,"
said Phoebe McMellon, a geologist and the product manager of Geofacets.
"Through this enhancement, Geofacets enables users to put scientific
information within a commercial context — in a way that is easy for
customers to analyze and integrate with their existing workflow."

Geofacets' maps are georeferenced and indexed according to
geological basins, enabling users to quickly find maps associated with
specific basins and countries, and letting users easily import maps into GIS
software. Wood Mackenzie's commercial information such as success rates and
fiscal regime information will be accessible through visual map overlays that
users can switch on as they view maps within Geofacets. This further enhances
Geofacets' over 125,000 geological maps sourced from more than 40,000
articles in Elsevier's earth sciences journals.

Alan Murray, Head of New Ventures Research at Wood Mackenzie
says, "This is a great opportunity to present commercial metrics alongside
scientific information. Geofacets' customers are constantly making new
investment decisions and this development will allow researchers and decision
makers to bring commercial thinking into their assessments in a more timely

The product offers web-based access to georeferenced maps and
the trusted geologic content embedded in Elsevier's journal articles. It
allows geoscientists to:

- Search and view results geographically via an interactive
geological map

- Search textually for relevant content by keyword, geographic
location, author, etc.

- Use the advanced search to build complex query strings or
conduct more target searches (i.e., caption, references, etc.)

- View detailed information about individual maps
(bibliographic info, metadata, article abstract, and image permissions)

- Refine results according to map type, map surface area
coverage, geographic location, keyword, author, etc.

- Access the full-text journal articles or copy-protected
read-only PDF

- Download relevant content as georeferenced maps (GeoTIFF and
KML) and other image formats (JPEG and TIFF)

The commercial information overlays from Wood Mackenzie will be available
to all Geofacets users on the first week of April.

About Geofacets

Geofacets is a web-based, searchable database of geological
maps that integrates with the geoscientist's workflow, delivering relevant
content from Elsevier's market-leading earth sciences journals into visual
georeferenced maps that easily integrate into GIS or other relevant software.
Built upon valuable, peer-reviewed content in Elsevier's portfolio of earth
science journals, Geofacets' unique interface enables geoscientists to search
for geologic maps and content geographically through an in­teractive map or
textually via keyword search. For more information on Geofacets, please visit

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading publisher 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 (www.thelancet.com/) and Cell
(www.cell.com/), and close to 20,000 book titles, including major
reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include
SciVerse ScienceDirect (www.sciencedirect.com/), SciVerse Scopus
(www.scopus.com/), Reaxys (www.reaxys.com/), MD Consult
(www.mdconsult.com/) and Nursing Consult (
www.nursingconsult.com/), which enhance the productivity of science
and health professionals, and the SciVal suite (www.scival.com/) and
MEDai's Pinpoint Review (www.medai.com/), which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier (
www.elsevier.com/) employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part
of Reed Elsevier Group PLC (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).

About Wood Mackenzie

Wood Mackenzie is the most comprehensive source of knowledge about the
world's energy and metals industries.

Wood Mackenzie analyses the assets, markets and companies operating
upstream and downstream; in oil, gas, coal, carbon, metals and power
generation. Having in-house teams dedicated to every sector means Wood
Mackenzie is the only provider with an integrated perspective across the
entire industry.

Wood Mackenzie's reputation has been built on the quality of its
proprietary analysis. It informs both research analysis and bespoke
consulting advice.

Wood Mackenzie's expertise gives its clients the confidence to define
their strategy, identify new opportunities, evaluate the markets they operate
in and improve their performance.

For more information on Wood Mackenzie visit: www.woodmac.com

    Media Contact

    Tom Reller
    VP, Global Corporate Relations, Elsevier

Media Contact: Tom Reller, VP, Global Corporate Relations, Elsevier, T.Reller at elsevier.com , +1-215-239-3508

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