North Carolina Research Community Selects Collexis and Scopus

By Elsevier, PRNE
Sunday, April 11, 2010

Collexis Expert Community Will Link Over 5,000 Researchers From the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University Based on Elsevier's Scopus Database

COLUMBIA, South Carolina, April 12, 2010 - Collexis Holdings, Inc., a leading developer of semantic technology and
knowledge discovery software, announced today that they have reached an
agreement with the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State
to link their research faculty utilizing data from Elsevier's
Scopus ( database and the RAMSeS software environment
developed at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Phase I of the
project will include creating research profiles for over 5,000 faculty
researchers from both institutions and Phase II of this project will add the
remaining 15 North Carolina institutions and their 10,000 faculty
researchers. Once implemented it will be the largest statewide research
community of its kind. The web community created will have fully populated
information on publications grant data and citations from over 15,000
researchers across all research disciplines.

"We did an exhaustive review of the options available to us," said Andy
, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill
. "We built our own pre and post-award management
system, and as such, were collecting a tremendous wealth of data. We were
looking to leverage that data as well as publication data to better
characterize researcher activity, identify skills, and facilitate
collaboration. In the end, there was no combination of capability and
coverage like the Collexis Expertise platform coupled with the Scopus
repository. We feel like this will provide the best possible opportunity for
our researchers to collaborate proactively."

"We are excited to be a part of this forward-looking project as it aligns
with our goal of partnering with the research community to help highlight and
share research expertise," said Jay Katzen, Managing Director of Academic &
Government Products for Elsevier. "By tying in its repository with Scopus'
broad and deep data and then overlaying it with Collexis' semantic
technology, the University of North Carolina will be able to offer its
scientists a new way to identify, monitor and leverage relevant research
being conducted at the institution. The result will be greater collaboration
within and across disciplines."

"The strength of combining the Collexis Expert Profiling solution with
Scopus is obvious: a pre-populated statewide scientific social network with
the objective to link the best brains together and attract researchers and
science related business to North Carolina," said Christian Herzog, Managing
Director of the Collexis STM business. "It uses a premier publication
database in Scopus to constantly update the profiles. Without ever lifting a
finger, each researcher will have a robust expertise profile that will
continue to update as they write new scientific papers. The system is even
suggesting potential collaborators based on the comparison of the expert
profiles across all disciplines - implementing such a system will really
change the scientific landscape"

The North Carolina community project just kicked off in February of this
year, and the project is expected to complete the first major milestone in
mid-summer for the Beta release to the North Carolina faculty.

About The University of North Carolina

The University of North Carolina is a public, multi-campus university
dedicated to the service of North Carolina and its people. It encompasses 16
diverse university campuses, a residential high school for gifted students,
and other educational, research, and public service organizations. Each
shares in the overall mission of the University. That mission is to discover,
create, transmit, and apply knowledge to address the needs of individuals and
society. This mission is accomplished through instruction, which communicates
the knowledge and values and imparts the skills necessary for individuals to
lead responsible, productive, and personally satisfying lives; through
research, scholarship, and creative activities, which advance knowledge and
enhance the educational process; and through public service, which
contributes to the solution of societal problems and enriches the quality of
life in the State. In the fulfillment of this mission, the University shall
seek an efficient use of available resources to ensure the highest quality in
its service to the citizens of the State.

Teaching and learning constitute the primary service that the University
renders to society. Teaching, or instruction, is the primary responsibility
of each of the constituent institutions. The relative importance of research
and public service, which enhance teaching and learning, varies among the
constituent institutions, depending on their overall missions.

About Collexis Holdings, Inc.

Collexis Holdings, Inc., a leading developer of semantic technology and
knowledge discovery software is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina
(USA) with operations in Cologne, Germany and Valparaiso, Chile. Collexis
now offers the world's first pre-populated scientific social network for life
science researchers, Collexis' proprietary
technology builds conceptual profiles of text, called Fingerprints, from
documents, Websites, emails and other digitized content and matches them with
a comprehensive list of pre-defined "fingerprinted" concepts to make research
results more relevant and efficient. This matching of concepts eliminates the
ambiguity and lack of priority associated with word searches. The results are
often described as "finding needles in many haystacks." Through this novel
approach, Collexis can build unique applications to search, index and
aggregate information as well as prioritize, trend and predict data based on
sources in multiple industries without the limitations of language or
dialect. Collexis' current clients in the public, private and academic
sectors include Johns Hopkins University; Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the
University of California, San Francisco; the University of South Carolina;
Erasmus University Library; Lockheed Martin; the World Health Organization;
Wellcome Trust; the National Institutes of Health; and the U.S. Department of

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 ( and Cell
(, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major
reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions include
ScienceDirect (, Scopus
(, Reaxys (, MD Consult
( and Nursing Consult
(, which enhance the productivity of science
and health professionals, and the SciVal suite (
and MEDai's Pinpoint Review (, which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

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