SEG journals boosted with GeoScienceWorld upgrade
22 November 2011 — GeoScienceWorld (www.geoscienceworld.org) has undergone a major portal upgrade. GSW's 40 journals, including Geophysics and The Leading Edge published by SEG, are being delivered in an XML environment supported by HighWire's Open Platform technology. While the bulk of the platform changes are infrastructural and invisible to users, GSW simultaneously released its new branded look and feel for the site and a powerful new suite of user tools, including Google Maps(TM)-enabled advanced searching.
"GeoScienceWorld's look and features will continue to advance in step with our vision and desire to provide leadership to our community," says Alix Vance, GSW Executive Director. "The new site reflects GSW's enduring, cooperative commitment to advancing nonprofit earth science research and to delivering an unparalleled user experience, which is made possible by premium research content and state-of-the art technology."
"The transition of the GeoScienceWorld sites to HighWire's Open Platform is an exciting step for this important earth sciences research collection," said HighWire's Managing Director, Tom Rump. "The new platform allows the potential for innovation to match the progressive thinking of our partner, GSW. We're excited to be able to offer a vast array of flexible possibilities for their sites, which can be unleashed immediately as the publisher envisions them."
Notable improvements to the ways in which users interact with GSW's journal content:
On the front end, the new 3-column site design greatly enhances content visibility and discoverability for users. A goal of the design was to keep users in context as they conduct their research. Behind the scenes, the new HighWire infrastructure has been designed to cooperate with emerging web services and technologies, as well as to comply with proven industry standards for content delivery.
SEG Media Relations