Monday, 29th November 2010
I am packing my bags this week and heading to the Online Information Conference in London where I will be reporting on industry trends and looking for products to review. Look out for conference-related posts throughout December on the LiveWire.
We are already planning 2011 product reviews on LiveWire and at VIP - with plans for the popular two part mini-review and the comprehensive in-depth VIP versions. So, whilst at Online, I plan to visit many vendors and see what is new and improved in products specifically for reporting in VIP and LiveWire.
On my list of product vendors to visit is the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and in particular their product ‘ChemSpider’ (http://www.chemspider.com/). This is a free-to-access collection (for all) of compound data from across the Web and it aggregates chemical structures and their associated information into a single searchable repository. It provides free-text and structured search across the resource. A mobile version is also available.
I am also interested in what is coming out of Knovel (http://why.knovel.com/) – information providers in technical, aerospace, industrial equipment, oil and gas, and design and construction. Their aggregated content provision is mainly aimed at engineers and applied scientists.
This month sees the launch of Speciality Chemicals Essential from Knovel (http://why.knovel.com/industries/specialty-chemicals.html). This product offers a ‘guidance and best practice information to support efficient, faster and safer processing, production and development of specialty chemicals.’ This includes content for some of top speciality chemical companies. The product is aimed at engineers on the production and research and development side.
The product includes content and data analysis tools in the following five subject areas:
• Chemistry & Chemical Engineering
• General Engineering & Engineering Management
• Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering
• Safety, Health & Hygiene
• Plastics & Rubber
Chemistry, applied or not, is very much linked into research and development. Finding the right content and tools to integrate into your workflow is essential. Interesting to find out more about what is 'creating chemistry' for this part of the STM market.
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