Elsevier acquires the profiling service Parity. It is thus further expanding its existing portfolio of science management services.
Elsevier acquires the profiling service Parity
According to Elsevier’s press release Parity provides “high-accuracy entity resolution, profiling and recommendations for STM content and applications in the world of research.
Parity provides disambiguation technology for Elsevier’s abstract and indexing databases that help researchers, universities, national bodies and other stakeholders improve decision-making and answer critical questions. Resolving ambiguities in entities and relationships that appear in publications – such as author and institution names, and citations and attributions for articles, grants, and patents – lays the foundation for the analytics and decision support capabilities of Scopus.”
Expanding portfolio of science management services
Elsevier is further expanding its existing portfolio of science management services. At the same time, Elsevier is increasingly successful in marketing these tools for science management. In Hungary, a nationwide agreement was signed with scientific institutions, which not only covers access to scientific literature, but also access to the science management tool Scival and its impact database Scopus. In Elsevier’s strategic planning, the importance of the publishing business has been declining steadily for years. Instead, it positions itself as a research intelligence provider. Scival evaluates data on scientific work from a large number of different sources in order to model recommendations for steering science. However, it seems questionable to what extent these recommendations promote or hinder innovation. Here I describe the methods and dangers of data-driven science control, which manifest themselves in offers such as Scival.