Ovid Announces Portal Advantage Service; Partners with Nestlé Foundation for enLINK

May 11, 2004


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Ovid Technologies, a provider of customizable information services, has announced the availability of its Portal Advantage Service to help societies and publishing partners, independent journal publishers, foundations, and corporations to build fully customizable portals. Ovid has also announced a partnership with the Nestlé Foundation to provide electronic access to nutritional resources for researchers seeking grant funding to address malnutrition problems in developing countries.

Ovid's Portal Advantage Service includes design, hosting, and content selection from Ovid's repository of bibliographic databases, journals, and book content as well as third-party data resources (e.g. news feeds, CME, society content). In addition to specialized content, the service provides collaboration, customization, and community features that allow publishers to enhance their customer and member relationships. Ovid plans to add more author and researcher focused functionality, such as article pre-publication, which allows the publisher to provide deliver Table of Contents and select articles to users in advance of the print version.

The Portal Advantage Service includes a range of tools and templates as well as advanced features that allow organizations to provide greater value to their customers and stakeholders. Ovid is offering three platform levels of the Portal Advantage Service intended to meet each customer's content, customization, and collaboration needs: Express, Professional, and Preferred solution packages.

Express--This package represents the baseline functionality of the portal service to maintain a brand image and deliver a core set of functionality.  This service includes full text browsing, searching, viewing, and retrieval in combination with dedicated journal resource and information pages. The base package also includes eAlerts, which notify an author when a new journal issue has been released; forward linking, which establishes a relationship to successor articles; and relevance ranked search results.  

Professional--This package includes all of the features and services associated with Express, but also offers options for supplementary content and customization features:   Online peer-review tracking, membership management and financial reporting, discussion forums, and an ArticlePlus feature that allows for the posting of multi-media content and supplemental article information (e.g. editorial commentary, etc.). Other features include archival of abstract content, and custom business rules, such as archival access and referral authentication.  

Preferred--The Preferred package offers a dynamic Web presence, building upon the features and services from both the Express and Professional packages, with an enhanced selection of interactive components. Features available in this package include online CME testing, live discussion forums, classified ads, and case reports (independent from the print product).

Ovid has also announced a partnership with the Nestlé Foundation to provide electronic access to nutritional resources for researchers seeking grant funding to address malnutrition problems in developing countries. The Nestlé Foundation partnered with Ovid to develop enLINK, its electronic nutrition library initiative, which is designed to bridge the digital divide for developing countries seeking to improve conditions in nutrition and health. Ovid's Portal Advantage Service is enabling the Nestlé Foundation to provide researchers and doctors in low-income countries with access to scientific journals for use in the grant application process to fund resources to help in the fight against country-specific nutritional deficiencies. At the onset of the program, enLINK will primarily be used by 50-100 researchers and doctors in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.

(http://www.enlink.org), (http://www.ovid.com), (http://nestlefoundation.org)