Thursday, July 19th, 2012
Finding the right research article has been made much easier thanks to a new search application developed by Brisbane-based Leximancer and piloted at the University of Queensland (UQ) using ScienceDirect - an online scientific research platform from Dutch company, Elsevier.

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, supplied the ScienceDirect content to UQ start-up company Leximancer to create Needlz for academic and commercial researchers.

UQ students and academics can access Needlz via the SciVerse hub, Scopus and ScienceDirect search results on the UQ library website. A training video is available on the library website, Leximancer website, and YouTube.

Leximancer CEO, Mac Exon-Taylor, said Needlz aimed to save researchers significant time and effort when searching for the right information from multiple sources.

“Needlz demonstrates the power of Leximancer’s proprietary technology to quickly and accurately analyse text, which helps users locate the critical themes of any kind of document much faster than reading every abstract of every title that comes up in a standard search.

“The diversity and volume of research undertaken at The University of Queensland provides an excellent scenario for piloting Needlz with ScienceDirect, which is the largest and most widely accessed database of academic journal articles in the world,” Mr Exon-Taylor said.

“Working with Elsevier and UQ’s library staff had opened up new possibilities for Leximancer-based software to improve the search experience for UQ academics as well as millions of users worldwide.”

Needlz is the latest release from Leximancer, which was established in 2005 by UniQuest, UQ’s main commercialisation company. Leximancer’s current suite of text analytics and customer insight software is used by companies around the world, including more than 100 universities.

UniQuest Managing Director, David Henderson, said that it was fitting for Leximancer to launch Needlz at UQ.

“Leximancer is a company based on technology developed at this university, so it has a keen understanding of what professional researchers need,” Mr Henderson said.

“With the Needlz application, Leximancer continues to offer practical solutions for one of its key markets, while highlighting the growing interest from global industry players in Australian university-based innovation.”

Rafael Sidi, Elsevier’s Vice President of Product Management, Applications Marketplace and Developer Network, said the application was a good example of collaboration between Elsevier, Leximancer and The University of Queensland to provide a new complement in the company’s research platform.

“We are glad that Leximancer chose to use ScienceDirect content to build this solution for The University of Queensland as it will be a valuable work flow solution for the research community,” Mr Sidi said.

While Needlz is exclusively available via the UQ library website for now, a number of other Australian and international organisations have expressed interest in the product for their research communities.

About Leximancer Pty Ltd

Leximancer Pty Ltd is an Australian company providing leading-edge text analytics technology since its beginning in 2006. The technology was created following seven years research and development at The University of Queensland by Dr Andrew Smith. The company was established by UniQuest, the University’s main commercialisation company. Leximancer's technology is now proven, with customers around the globe, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Russia, Norway, Taiwan, Germany and Italy. Leximancer is being used in market research, defence, government, management consulting, insurance, legal, intelligence, pharmaceuticals and health care.

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UniQuest Pty Limited

Established by The University of Queensland in 1984, UniQuest is widely recognised as one of Australia’s largest and most successful university commercialisation groups, benchmarking in the top tier of technology transfer worldwide. From an intellectual property portfolio of 1,500+ patents it has created over 70 companies, and since 2000 UniQuest and its start-ups have raised more than $450 million to take university technologies to market. Annual sales of products using UQ technology and licensed by UniQuest are running at $3 billion. UniQuest now commercialises innovations developed at The University of Queensland and its commercialisation partner institutions: the University of Wollongong, University of Technology Sydney, James Cook University, University of Tasmania, Mater Medical Research Institute, and Queensland Health. UniQuest also provides access to an expansive and exclusive network of independent academics to tailor a consulting or project R&D solution to meet the diverse needs of industry and government, facilitating some 500 consulting, expert opinion, testing, and contract research services each year. UniQuest is also a leading Australasian provider of international development assistance recognised for excellence in technical leadership, management and research. Working with agencies such as AusAID, NZAID, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, UniQuest has developed and implemented more than 400 projects in 60+ countries throughout the Pacific, South-East Asia, the Indian sub-continent and Africa.

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Finding the right research article has been made much easier thanks to a new search application developed by Brisbane-based Leximancer and piloted at The University of Queensland (UQ) using ScienceDirect - an online scientific research platform from Dutch



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