The Elsevier Labs group is dedicated to conducting research and furthering development to improve and support the use of new technologies for improving scientific, medical, and scholarly publishing. the usage, awareness and integration of new information technologies. Specifically, Labs’ aim is to
- Identify and discover trends and innovations in technologies relevant to STM publishing
- Inform and educate Elsevier about relevant emerging technology trends and innovations
- Expedite and accelerate the adoption of strategic emerging technologies by Elsevier Technology Services
Labs is a global team of highly skilled researchers, developers, and architects who have a deep knowledge of, and experience with different aspects of information technologies pertaining to publishing, exposing, searching, and distributing scientific content. Labs members work in a highly independent, user-focused way, either in small teams, larger cross-company units, or on individual projects. Labs members mostly telecommute and travel widely, when needed. Although all Labs members have deep knowledge of publishing technologies as a whole, they each have different focal areas, specifically:
- Brad Allen, Manhattan Beach, CA, US: VP Semantic Search, head of Labs: Semantics, search, machine learning, digital libraries
- Matt Corkum, Hopkinton, MA, US: Graphics, visualization, search
- Ron Daniel, Concord, CA, US: Semantics, taxonomies, content standards
- Keith Gutfreund, Acton, MA, US: Search, mobile devices, e-readers, social networking software
- Ellen Hays, Arlington, MA, US:Natural language processing, semantic models, semantic search
- Curt Kohler, West Chester, OH, US: Big data analytics, content management, search
- Mike Lauruhn, Portland, OR, US: Digital libraries, taxonomies
- Darin McBeath, West Chester, OH, US: XML databases, analytics, content management
- Tony Scerri, Londen, UK: Semantics, search, natural language processing, data visualisation and analytics
- Mike Taylor, Oxford, UK: Scientific publishing and communications, question answering, identifier schemes
- Anita de Waard, Jericho, VT, USA: Future of research, argumentation, scientific publishing and communications
Labs projects span a wide range of topics that pertaining to scientific publishing technology; being innovation-focused, these interests and passions naturally change with the fast pace an internet economy requires. To maximize synergy and make optimal headway in a few key areas, the Labs group has identified the following three main themes to group their work around for 2012/2013:
1) Smart Content: How can we enhance our content to make it more discoverable, easier to understand, and easier to integrate with the rest of the Web?
2) Big Data: How can we scale our infrastructure and workflows to process and manage content and data on the order of petabytes?
3) Future of Research Communications: How do the Web and semantic technologies transform scholarly publishing?
Labs participates in projects within and outside of Elsevier in many interdisciplinary ways. Some of the main projects Labs is involved in in 2012 include: