Document rental service brings "deep web" content to the mainstream

Document rental service brings "deep web" content to the mainstream

Summary: DeepDyve, a search engine that specializes in indexing the contents of documents published deep into a Web site, is announcing a Netflix-like service that allows users to "rent" documents such as medical journal articles on a per-use basis.

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DeepDyve, a search engine that specializes in indexing the contents of documents published deep into a Web site, is announcing a Netflix-like service that allows users to "rent" documents such as medical journal articles on a per-use basis.

The company says that there's a market of more than 50 million "sophisticated consumers and professionals" known as "knowledge workers," who use the Web for research but that some of the best information for them is only available through expensive subscriptions that traditionally serve the academic or corporate worlds.

Also see: Wozniak joins DeepDyve advisory board; is deep web the final frontier?

DeepDyve has aggregated more 30 million journal articles that it is "renting" for 99 cents for 24 hours. There are also two subscription models - a $10 plan that provides access to 20 articles per month with viewing times of seven days or a $20 unlimited plan - read as many articles as many times as you'd like.

But it's not just the search capabilities. The service also provides you with things like personalized suggestions, bookmarks, alerts and related articles. For anyone who's ever had to do serious specialized research, you know that the Google results experience is hardly ideal, especially for discovering additional information related to a specific article.

The company is offering a 14-day free trial on the subscription plans to check out its library of articles.

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  • Writers?

    Where are all of these papers coming from? Who owns and creates this
    original content, and how are they being paid for their efforts?
    SpectreWriter
  • See you later SQL2008 Full Text Indexing?

    Hi,
    If have a need to store & manage massive
    numbers of documents (docs, images, videos,
    pdfs, etc). Can I choose to host my documents
    on Amazon's S3 & "rent" indexing services from
    DeepDyve? If yes, how hard is it to integrate
    these two services into the service provider's
    portal. End user experience should not be
    ignored in the process.
    Rgds
    Uday
    udayshiva1
  • RE: Document rental service brings

    Aren't most/many researchers affiliated with universities or other institutions of higher learning? If so, they can access (to keep via PDF, not just rent) a host of journal articles and user friendly search platforms through their university library's resources. This is free for the researchers!

    I can see this "document rental" type of service having the biggest market among researchers unaffiliated with universities. Are there many out there?
    julieeve
  • Just what we need -- more parasites!

    I thought Google was a parasite to consume everyone's server resources and bandwidth to index everything -- and then use that 'content' to generate AD revenue -- but this takes it one step further...

    To actually RESELL other people's content that was published freely.

    Nothing like making a buck off content produced by others -- without giving them credit or even a single penny for it.

    In the bricks and mortar world -- that would be called 'stealing'.


    Parasites!
    Marty R. Milette
  • RE: Document rental service brings

    Deepdyve doesn't provide retrieval as a service.

    You might be more interested in the system known as SOLR. There is a really nice and simple version of SOLR that can do what you want in a few minutes. This installation package is called LucidWords and is available from Lucid Imagination. With it, you should be up and running in just a few minutes.
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