Elsevier and Kitware Bring 3D Visualization Tools and Techniques to ScienceDirect

     Elsevier and Kitware Bring 3D Visualization Tools and Techniques to
                                ScienceDirect

  PR Newswire

  AMSTERDAM, October 15, 2013

AMSTERDAM, October 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

ScienceDirect offers ability to view 3D datasets next to the published online
articles 

Elsevier , a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services, and Kitware , a worldwide leader in
developing advanced visualization technologies, today announced that Elsevier
journals offer the opportunity to upload 3D datasets when submitting a paper
for publication. This way, once published, readers can interactively explore
3D datasets next to the online article on ScienceDirect .

3D visualization is important for understanding complex structures, dynamic
simulations, and discoveries in various scientific disciplines such as
molecular biology, astrophysics, medical imaging and engineering. However, in
the course of publishing research papers traditionally, 3D models and data
have to be converted into static 2D images, significantly reducing the extent
of the author's analysis and the level of interpretation of the research by
readers. To address the growing demands for online 3D visualization across
various scientific disciplines, Elsevier and Kitware now work in partnership
to enable 3D visualization services for research articles available online on
ScienceDirect.

To date 23 Elsevier journals within science disciplines molecular biology ,
archaeology , neuroscience and psychiatry offer 3D visualization services to
authors and readers. The specific 3D viewers currently available are: 3D
molecular viewer, 3D archaeological viewer and 3D neuroimaging viewer. Over
the next three months the number of Elsevier journals offering the service is
expected to grow significantly.

Dr. IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, SVP Journal and Data Solutions at Elsevier said,
"The addition of advanced 3D interactivity to the online Elsevier article
empowers our authors to optimally showcase their research and enables our
ScienceDirect users to more deeply and efficiently understand the research
presented. This latest achievement stemming from Elsevier's Article of the
Future program, fully demonstrates what the program stands for: improving
optimal communication between author and reader, benefiting both of them."

"Being a part of this project, which is set to providing Elsevier's authors,
readers and other users with improved 3D visualization capabilities online on
ScienceDirect has been an exceptional opportunity for us," added Julien
Jomier, CEO of Kitware SAS in Lyon, France. "Our infrastructure provides the
much-needed resources necessary for scientists to interact with publications
and maximize their understanding of existing research."

Example articles featuring 3D viewers on ScienceDirect:

  *J.H. Cole, C.P. Boyle, A. Simmons, S. Cohen-Woods, M. Rivera, P. McGuffin,
    P.M. Thompson, C.H.Y. Fu, Body mass index, but not FTO genotype or major
    depressive disorder, influences brain structure, Neuroscience, Volume 252,
    12 November 2013, pp. 109-117,
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306452213005903
    (embedded 3D neuroimaging viewer)

  *Gerhard W. Weber, Another link between archaeology and anthropology:
    Virtual anthropology, Digital Applications in Archaeology and Cultural
    Heritage, Available online 13 April 2013,
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212054813000027
    (embedded 3D archaeology viewer)

  *Stephen S. Chen, James R. Williamson, Characterization of the Ribosome
    Biogenesis Landscape in E. coli Using Quantitative Mass Spectrometry,
    Journal of Molecular Biology, Volume 425, Issue 4, 22 February 2013, pp.
    767-779,
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022283612009138
    (embedded 3D molecular viewer)

Offering interactive visualization tools and techniques, allowing for better
and more accurate interpretation and analysis of research data is one of the
pillars of Article of the Future , Elsevier's on-going program to improve the
format of the scientific article.

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Elsevier journals currently offering 3D visualization services to their
authors and readers

Journal of Molecular Biology, Structure, Food Structure, FEBS Letters, BBA
Proteins and Proteomics, Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology,
Mutation Research Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, DNA
Repair, Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Digital Applications in
Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Zoology, NeuroImage, NeuroImage: Clinical,
Psychiatry Research Neuroimaging, Journal of Neuroscience Methods,
Neuropsychologia, Brain Research, Neuroscience, Neuron, Current Biology,
Journal of Neurolinguistics, Intelligence

About Kitware

Kitware is a leader in the creation and support of open-source software and
state-of-the-art technology, and is one of the fastest growing software
companies in the country. Kitware's mission is to develop and deliver
cutting-edge software products and services utilizing advanced software
quality methods and technologies. Since its founding in 1998, Kitware has
combined an open-source business model with state-of-the-art software
engineering and world-class imaging expertise to become the industry leader in
open-source solutions for medical computing, scientific computing, computer
vision, data management, and quality software process. The company's business
model is anchored on improving open-source platforms unfettered by
intellectual property restrictions, while generating profit by providing
consulting services to a diverse set of scientific and engineering
communities. This model has proven highly successful and resilient even in the
face of the most recent global recession.

Kitware has built a strong reputation by partnering with government, academic,
and commercial organizations to create and support large, collaborative, and
open-source communities that use, improve, and nurture a common software
platform. The company has maintained decade-long open-source collaborations
with prestigious organizations such as Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia
National Laboratories, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National
Library of Medicine (NLM). This has resulted in some of the largest and most
successful open-source, community-driven software engineering projects,
including the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and
Registration Toolkit (ITK), ParaView, and the cross-platform build tool CMake.
Kitware also provides a significant amount of software development services to
large and small commercial customers interested in leveraging and engaging
with open-source communities. This includes medical device manufacturers,
pharmaceutical companies, and the oil and gas industry.

About ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world's peer-reviewed
full-text scientific, technical and medical content. Over 15 million
researchers, health care professionals, teachers, students and information
professionals around the globe rely on ScienceDirect as a trusted source of
nearly 2,200 journals, almost 900 serials and close to 22,000 book titles.
ScienceDirect supports research and education with interactive elements in
articles such as audio, video, graphs, tables and images, and offers tools so
users can easily set alerts. Content on ScienceDirect also features embedded
links to external datasets, including earth and environmental science data
from PANGAEA , abstract and indexing data from Scopus and chemical reactions
data from Reaxys . With almost 12 million content pieces available-including
pre-publication release of articles and open access content from Elsevier
journals-ScienceDirect is a premier platform for discovering the world of
research.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider 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 , SciVal , Reaxys , ClinicalKey and Mosby's
Suite , which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals,
helping 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
provider of professional information solutions. The group employs more than
30,000 people, including more than 15,000 in North America. Reed Elsevier
Group PLC is owned equally by two parent companies, Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed
Elsevier NV. Their shares are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York
Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam:
REN; New York: RUK and ENL.

Media contact Elena Zudilova-Seinstra, PhD Elsevier +31-20-485-3197
e.zudilova-seinstra@elsevier.com
 
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