COMMUNITY OF SCIENCE, INC.
Community of Science, Inc. (COS) links researchers worldwide through
information products available on the World Wide Web. The Company's
products and services are designed to meet the information needs of the
scientific R&D; community. This large and active market consists primarily
of researchers at big institutions such as universities, government
agencies, federal laboratories, foundations, and professional societies. In
support of this research, the federal government alone disburses nearly $72
billion a year in scientific research funding.
The World Wide Web serves as the common platform for COS to publish
specialized information for researchers electronically in an easy-to-access
COS operates in three business areas: COS Memberships, Bibliographic
Database Publishing, and Electronic Journal and Society Publishing.
COS offers academic, government, and corporate institutions that conduct or
fund research subscription memberships to databases of scientific expertise
and funding opportunities. Universities and laboratories provide information
about their current research to COS. This information is used to create the
common-format COS Expertise database that is available to subscribing
institutions and universities worldwide. COS also publishes a comprehensive
database of funding opportunities which helps researchers identify funding
to further their research. As a value-added service to members, COS
provides sophisticated links and alerting tools between COS Expertise and
COS Funding Opportunities.
Bibliographic Database Publishing
Research results are compiled and presented in bibliographic databases.
COS offers project, patent, and publications databases in a variety of
important disciplines, including biomedical science, agriculture,
engineering, and geology. Subscriptions to these databases are typically
sold directly to individuals or to libraries within academic and corporate
institutions. COS specializes in presentations of bibliographic data that
link intelligently between databases, giving Web users the ability to
navigate easily to related information in their area of interest.
Electronic Journal and Society Publishing
COS has created an automated, full-text publishing system that produces
sophisticated, non-PDF electronic journals "on-the-fly" directly from a
database of the electronic typesetting file that is currently used to
produce the print version of the journal. This automated system is available
to publishers and rights-holders as a low-cost, efficient tool for entering
the emerging market for electronic journals. The Company also has developed
next-generation technology that permits professional societies to conduct
business and produce editorial content in a secure Web environment,
including the ability to electronically manage the peer-review process that
underlies the production of scientific knowledge.
Huntington Williams, III, 43, the president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Williams joined the Company in December, 1993 and has been responsible
for directing its World Wide Web publishing strategy. Mr. Williams was an
independent consultant in telecommunications business policy from 1985 to
1993. From 1981 to 1985, he worked in investor relations and corporate
affairs at the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Mr. Williams is a
graduate of Yale College (1976) and Balliol College, Oxford (1980).
Daniel A. Jacobson, 31, chief technology officer, is well-known in
biological database publishing circles as the creator of the Johns Hopkins
BioInformatics Web server, one of the most comprehensive collections of
advanced biological information applications on the Internet. Mr. Jacobson
has developed Internet client-server platforms that integrate molecular
sequence data, abstracted bibliographic data, patent information, and enzyme
classification data. He has integrated homology or similarity detection
algorithms running on a mass parallel supercomputer with a World Wide Web
front end, combined with subsequent Web retrieval of the full database
entries for each similar sequence found, and was the first person to develop
World Wide Web-based field searching interfaces for molecular sequence
databases. Mr. Jacobson has worked with the Company since December, 1993.
Community of Science, Inc. is located in Baltimore, Maryland and is
privately held. The Company was founded in 1988 by Johns Hopkins University
to create an international database of scientific research. From this
foundation the Company has expanded to provide information for and about
scientists using the World Wide Web as a common platform. More information
about the Company can be obtained by visiting the home page at
http://cos.gdb.org or by calling 410-563-2378.