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Scientific Information Company Expands into Europe

[London, ENGLAND] Scientific research information provider TheScientificWorld, Inc. announced Friday a substantial expansion of its services in Europe.

TheScientificWorld, which is headquartered in Florida and which bases it whole business on the Internet, said it has already opened corporate offices in Hounslow, U.K., and has plans to open shortly in Oxford.

Services offered to members by TheScientificWorld include immediate, free online access to massive databases of information in such fields as the life sciences, chemistry, physics and environmental sciences. To use them, members create their own Personal User Profile for access to what the firm calls "unique and powerful search and data linking tools."

Anita Crafts-Lighty, Ph.D., commercial director, Europe, for TheScientificWorld, said the company is currently expanding its field sales force to serve the rapidly expanding European market for scientific information.

"The establishment of our European offices is an important step in our global development in support of the company's international user base," said Dr. Crafts-Lighty.

As head of the commercial activities of TheScientificWorld throughout Europe, Dr. Crafts-Lighty is experienced in both online and offline publishing. She was founded business directory publisher BioCommerce Data Ltd. in 1985 and promoted the development of its news-abstracting database.

In the European expansion of TheScientificWorld, Dr. Crafts-Lighty is helped by Editorial Director Anne Allen who guides the European division of the firm's online scientific publishing venture. Anne Allen was formerly publishing editor at Pergamon Press, now an Elsevier Science company, and was instrumental in developing new titles such as Deep-Sea Research, Part II and the multimedia/print project Atlas of the Oceans.

Reachable on the Internet at www.thescientificworld.com, TheScientificWorld is addressing a world market for research information said to be worth US $6.5 billion.

Among the many services offered by TheScientificWorld are its core information-retrieval service sciBASE, which consists of articles drawn from over 20,000 journals; its online publishing venture i-PUBLISH; its searchable worldMEET database of 3,500 upcoming scientific conferences; and PuP ALERT, a news service that is free-of-charge to users.

However, not all of TheScientificWorld's services consist of "bits" (as MIT's Professor Negroponte would say) because there are lots of "atoms" involved as well. The company enables scientists to purchase supplies and equipment online via scienceWAREHOUSE, a service made possible by an arrangement with Fisher Scientific International Inc.