The changing face of Elsevier Science

The last couple of days I had the pleasure to attend the Elsevier Development Partners meeting. The exact products they are working on might be of interest to some people, but that’s up to Elsevier to announce. But what was really the big surprise at this meeting -which lasted 3 days- was the tone from Elsevier. It was all about open Science. They clearly wanted to open up. There was a lot of talk about sharing information, making mash-ups possible, Application programming Interfaces (API). Elsevier Science wanted to move away from the double barred information silo to become an open solution provider in the scholarly world. If Elsevier is thinking and acting in this direction, then change will become a major issue for the entire scientific publishing industry and that is good news for libraries who want to remain a vital service in the future as well.

This change will take time. It doesn’t happen overnight. But Raphael Sidi just announced the other day on his blog the Elsevier Article API at the programmable Web. So, Elsevier is not only talking, they are acting up on it as well.

Let other publishers follow this example!

3 thoughts on “The changing face of Elsevier Science”

  1. … unfortunately, they haven’t talked too much about “open data” which is an important precondition for “open science” from my point of view. But you are right, every move into the right direction is highly appreciated.


  2. Inga,
    I was amazed about this change of direction, and I think it’s an important sign for the rest of the industry. That they’re not yet talking about open data is right. But the change in course is really the big point.

    BTW it was nice meeting you.

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