Microsoft Is First CrossRef Web Services Search Partner
CrossRef (http://www.crossref.org), the cross-publisher linking network with more than 1,600 participating publishers, announced that it had reached an agreement with Microsoft Corp., which will become the first official CrossRef Web Services Search Partner. CrossRef will provide Microsoft with a bulk feed of metadata from hundreds of participating CrossRef member publishers. Microsoft is using CrossRef Web Services to assist in the indexing of scholarly content for Windows Live Academic Search, a beta of which launched in April 2006 (http://academic.live.com).
CrossRef Web Services offers an easy-to-use tool for authorized search partners to collect metadata on a cross-publisher basis to streamline Web crawling. The program also provides standard terms and conditions for search engines using the cross-publisher metadata available through CrossRef. Just as the core CrossRef linking service removes the need for bilateral linking agreements among publishers, the Search Partner Program removes the need for bilateral agreements covering use of metadata between publishers and search providers. Participation in CrossRef Web Services is optional for CrossRef member-publishers.