SLA2007: Scitopia Launch Lunch
This is a new federated search created by 15 scientific societies. Give it a try and give feedback. My notes follow.
- Geared toward researchers to compete with Google Scholar (or, rather, to help researchers who are stuck with GS now).
- Federated search of 15 society publishers (more to come)
- For the moment sci-tech emphasis not biomed, which is covered well elsewhere (hallelujah)
- Fast (w/in microseconds of postings), authoritative copy.
- All backfiles (works with your sub so solution exists, but access through institutional
- Patents (USPTO, Japan, and ?)
- ( I have yet to attend an IEEE event where they fail to mention the patent – literature links… and of course was not disappointed )
- Deep Web Technologies (worldwidescience.org??)
- Goes out live in the background – doesn’t search a cache
- Science, patent, gov’t lit on different tabs and aggregated,
- Advanced search, default is goole-like box
- Gov docs are from DOE info bridge (includes energy citation… nasa and dtic?)
Patent class codes? No
Access to structure (thesauri, etc) from underlying pubs via facets or ? No
Controlled author names? No
Cited reference searching? No
- Clippings section (sounds good – but wait, not what I thought – actually all it is is a marked list)
- No citation export feature (they are looking at that … eek!!!)
Beta released today.
- aggregated RSS (now just jump to society RSS feeds)
From the demo:
- Can search on affiliation.
- Thermometer to show how many sources it has searched – results move around and rank after all of the results com back
- some standards are included (IEEE, Acoustical Society of America, SAE, others eventually).
Use of RSS feeds on Scitation has grown by about 70% every 6 months.
A lot of not yet…but I want to stress that I’m very happy that they’re talking to us now and it is in beta and it is an interesting first step. I, for one, will stress the databases like Inspec and Compendex, first, but this is interesting, too. I definitely will try it and see – I like the idea that it’s a federated search over a cached spider thingy – it will get new articles a lot sooner.
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