[open-bibliography] Message from the Scitopia partner societies
krichel at openlib.org
Fri Nov 4 21:06:07 UTC 2011
T.Schoch at ieee.org writes
> Following is a response to recent postings regarding the Scitopia
> federated search tool. The Scitopia society partners had planned to
> release a formal announcement about the future of the service in the next
> few days but thought it important to move the timing up to explain what is
> happening and dispel any misunderstandings.
> The Scitopia partners regret to announce that the Scitopia free federated
> search portal will be discontinued after 31 December 2011. The federated
> search service will go offline and all links from partner sites to
> Scitopia will be deactivated.
> Scitopia.org was created through the imagination and collaboration of
> leading science and engineering societies. Seeking a better way to help
> researchers quickly discover the quality content they need, these society
> publishers developed a gateway to the research most cited in scholarly
> work and patents. Over the past few years, Scitopia.org was able to build
> up a quality reputation for search efficiency and precision that has been
> adopted by many researchers around the world.
> Why is the portal coming to an end? While traffic to the site initially
> was healthy, it has proved a challenge for a free service such as Scitopia
> to maintain or expand usage given the size, scope, and resources of
> competitive search engines. At our current level of usage, the cost of
> maintaining the service could no longer be justified by the society
Can you make the data freely available in bulk, say on an oai-pmh
repository, or an ftp site, for others to use in search engines or
other value-added services hat they may build?
Thomas Krichel http://openlib.org/home/krichel
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