The system is built on the back of data that’s constantly streaming in from the service’s 1.8 million users. Between them, the site’s members have uploaded some 260 million documents, representing around 65 million unique research papers and studies — around 50 percent larger than any of the existing commercial databases. By mining those documents and watching activity around them, Mendeley’s able to help institutions understand the trends as they emerge… not years afterwards.
In fact, some universities see this effort as so vital that it’s already signed up its first seven partners, including the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. And plans on rolling out the product to more places soon, through a distribution partnership with Dutch library giant Swets.
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