May 9, 2012
ProQuest Launches Udini for the Independent Reseacher
ProQuest is launching an inventive new research service that provides individuals with access to premium content and cutting edge tools. Instant and on-demand, Udini™ bundles an extraordinary range of information, including peer-reviewed and trade journal articles, dissertations, international newswires, newspapers, magazines and more from thousands of publishers in a comprehensive cloud-based workflow management tool designed for individual users. For knowledge workers without access to research libraries, Udini™ provides unprecedented ease for finding and using the highest quality information for professional projects. For publishers with already-strong academic distribution, Udini™ opens a trusted and compelling new channel to reach an under-served group of users who want and need their content.
Udini™ serves growing ranks of independent researchers, from freelancers, to workers in organizations without their own libraries, to unaffiliated authors. These users can search and then add desired content to the Udini™ cloud-based project organization and management tool, which also welcomes information from personal libraries and the open web, enabling them to capture their projects' whole research file in one always-accessible space. All content types share an easy-to-read display that allows note taking and highlighting. Purchase plans are flexible -- by the article, by the month or by the project -- and some content is free. There's no cost to use or store projects in Udini™.
For an overview, see Laura Hazard Owen's ProQuest's Udini is a cloud-based research tool for regular people on paidContent. [JH]