Europeana: A Central Portal for Millions of Historical Digital Objects

In a past post, we looked at the European Library website as a possible source for non-patent literature, since patent searchers sometimes need to scour the earth for prior art during an exhaustive search when other, more traditional resources haven’t provide the needed references. The European Library portal is the library aggregator that allows users to cross-search the collections of national and research libraries in 48 countries, and it is part of the Europeana family of services.  Europeana is a free online portal that allows users to access “millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitized throughout Europe.” The site is an initiative “endorsed by the European Commission,” and currently over 20 million objects from more than 220 institutions over 34 countries are accessible through the portal.

Europeana made a bit of a splash in the information technology word this September when it released the metadata for its dataset of over 20 million cultural objects under the Creative Commons CC0 Public Domain Dedication.  According to the Europeana press release, this means that “anyone can use the data for any purpose – creative, educational, commercial – with no restrictions.”  This data is all freely accessible through the Europeana website, so I decided to take a quick look at the search options available through the Europeana portal.

Continue reading for an overview of the Europeana search portal, where you can access descriptive data and links to millions of historically and culturally significant digital objects.
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The Latest Updates from Knovel: New Database, Subject Area, and Excel Tool

As an online subscription portal created to provide technical information for scientists and engineers, Knovel can also be harnessed by prior art searchers looking for reference information on engineering and technology topics. Knovel, originally launched in April 2001 and maintained by the Knovel Corporation, is a subscription-based online platform that provides access to more than 4,000 reference works and databases from over 90 international publishers and professional societies. Knovel focuses on engineering content, and and it currently covers 30 subject areas.  According to its website, the Knovel interface also provides access to “interactive tables and graphs to help engineers use and export relevant data.”  Through the Major Recent Updates section of the Knovel System Report on Intellogist, you can read about the latest changes to Knovel’s content coverage and interface.  The Knovel system has seen a number of updates during the month of September, including a new Titanium Alloy Database, a new subject area covering Fire Protection Engineering and Emergency Response, and an Excel Add-In which users can download to integrate the Knovel search and unit converter tools into their Excel worksheet.

After the jump, learn more about these September updates to Knovel!
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Major Updates to Non-Patent Literature Searching on Thomson Innovation

Thomson Innovation is an important subscription-based patent search system created by Thomson Reuters, and Release 3.5 of the system was recently announced in August 2012.  This system update includes a number of improvements to patent search and alert options, such as the ability to include DWPI and INPADOC family information in alerts and major enhancements to legal status searching in the Native Japanese Patent collection.  The 3.5 release also includes multiple updates to the Scientific Literature section of Thomson Innovation, which we’ll take a closer look at in this post.  The Scientific Literature collection now contains broader coverage due to the expansion of Web of Science content back to 1898. Search enhancements include new literature search fields, and stopwords are no longer blocked from queries in the non-patent literature search forms.  Result sets for the scientific literature searches now include additional sorting and filtering options, and more full-text article linking, ordering, and document delivery options are available through result sets and full record views.  Finally, enhancements were made to analysis tools for scientific literature content.

Continue reading for a full list of updates to the scientific literature coverage, search, viewing, and analysis tools on Thomson Innovation!

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Search Tool Tidbits: Scholrly, Clustify, and HQ Books

In the last few posts on the Intellogist Blog, we’ve focused on major updates to large patent search tools, such as Google Patents and TotalPatent.  Today I’ll take a step back from the big players and highlight some obscure search tools that may give you that extra boost you need to locate that one relevant piece of non-patent literature (NPL) prior art which you’d have otherwise overlooked. Scholrly is free search engine for academic papers (currently in closed beta-testing phase) that may one day rival Google Scholar, and HQ Books is a free PDF search tool which can help you locate product manuals and user guides from all over the world.  For those patent analysts who want their daily dose of obscure resources: don’t worry, I have one for you, too!  We’ll take a quick look at Clustify, document clustering software that identifies important keywords, representative documents, and a hierarchy of customized tags for almost any dataset.

Continue reading for a round-up of little-known tools for prior art searchers and data analysts!

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5 Features to Always Look for on Search System and Database Websites


Professional patent searchers utilize  many different types of search resources, including both free and subscription patent and non-patent literature databases.  These databases may be accessible through a search platform built specifically for that dataset, or the database may be accessible on a larger subscription-based platform that hosts numerous databases (like EBSCOhost, Dialog, STN, etc).  It can be difficult to decide which databases or search platforms to utilize (and subscribe to), but a good database or search system website should provide you with the information you need to make your decision, all without spending a dime.  I often need to look at database and search system websites when compiling updates for the System Reports and Community Reports on Intellogist, so I’ve seen my fair share of both excellent and not-so-stellar search system websites.  There are five features I always look for on a database or search system website that provide me with the coverage, updates, features, and pricing information that I need to write a detailed report on the product.

After the jump, learn the five main features to look for on a search system website that can help you decide whether this system or database is relevant to your user needs!
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A Central Search Portal for European Library Materials

Patent searchers  may need to scour the earth for prior art when a case is very important and the traditional channels haven’t turned up the desired results. In these case, the searcher often tries to locate a central portal that searches a wide range of non-patent literature of all publication types and languages.  WorldCat searches the holdings of over 10,000 libraries and can often return an overload of search results that takes hours to sift through.  The Library of Congress (LOC) website allows users to specifically search the library catalogs and digital holding of the LOC, but what if the user wants to search for non-US materials not included in LOC holdings?  Is there a federated search platform dedicated to a non-US region that searches across the holdings of multiple libraries? Yes, there is!

Information Today recently reported on the European Library website, the library aggregator for Europeana (which was “developed in partnership among the Conference of European National Libraries (CENL), the Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER), and the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)”).   The article describes the broad coverage and useful features of the portal:

The European Library is a new discovery service that provides access to the collections of the national libraries of 46 European countries, plus a growing number of research libraries. Content accessible from the new service includes rare books, manuscripts, images, and video. The service allows users to cross-search 200 million records, covering more than 24 million pages of full-text information and more than 7 million digital objects. Users can export records to reference management services such as Mendeley.

Continue reading to hear about all the search and display features available through European Library, and how you can register for the site for free!
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Free Scientific Journals from Latin America on SciELO


Patent searchers can locate a wide variety of international non-patent literature during global prior art searches by using open-access (OA) resources. Both DOAJ and OpenDOAR provide access to international open-access journals and repositories.  Another example of an international OA resource is SciELO, an open-access network of Latin American and Caribbean-based scientific journals.  SciELO provides users free access to Spanish and Portuguese-language journal articles that cover a broad range of scientific topics, and the contents of SciELO can be searched through an English-language interface.

Continue reading to learn the search and viewing options available on SciELO!
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