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Friday, January 18, 2008

UK search engine of human-vetted OA content

Universities' alternative to Google launched, a press release from the University of Manchester, January 16, 2008.  Excerpt:

An internet search engine rivalling the multimillion pound Google is to be launched at the end of January by The University of Manchester's national data centre Mimas.

The free service will add thousands of documents to the 'Intute' service which already allows academics, teachers, researchers and students to search for information relating specifically to their subject area....

At the end of January, researchers will be able to automatically access papers from research databases within universities and other institutions.

The £1.5 million per year collaboration between seven UK Universities and partners - enlists a team of full-time specialists who are scouring the internet.

They are backed by an army of PhD students and a range of organisations - including the massive Wellcome Trust- who have added their own information to the Intute database....

[Intute's Executive Director Caroline Williams] added: "This chimes with calls for open access across the UK....So this database is really a showcase of what the UK academic community has achieved...."

Update. Also see Hurley Goodall, U. of Manchester Adds Digital Repositories to Academic Search Engine, The Wired Campus, January 23, 2008. Excerpt:

The University of Manchester announced yesterday a reintroduction of the academic search engine Intute, slated for the end of the month.

The newest development for the relaunch is the Intute Institutional Repository Search. It will be a search engine for university digital repositories, allowing researchers to easily find academic material in one place.

Caroline Williams, Intute’s executive director, says the search engine has gathered data from 86 institutions, and that number is growing....