What Prior Art Searchers Need to Know about the Migration from Dialog to ProQuest Dialog

Intellogist has followed the development of ProQuest Dialog from the announcement of the product to a demonstration of the new system, and we’ve been impressed with the combination of intuitive search and navigation features and broad coverage of most files available on the the Dialog and (now discontinued) DataStar platforms. ProQuest is still in the process of transferring all databases previously available on the Dialog platforms to the new ProQuest Dialog system, but the migration process for customers from Dialog to ProQuest Dialog has already begun.  ProQuest has released a number of training and information tools to get Dialog users familiar with the ProQuest Dialog platform, and a migration leadership team and Global Customer Support team have been put in place to ensure a smooth transition. Most intellectual property databases have not yet been added to ProQuest Dialog, but many important scientific databases are already accessible on the platform.  The full transition is slated to take place in 2013 (and all intellectual property databases will eventually be added to the platform), so prior art searchers should learn about the features of this important new platform that will replace all Dialog products (and has already replaced DataStar products).

After the jump, read the latest news from the migration team at ProQuest, and learn about the most important resources for ProQuest Dialog training and migration news!
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Where to Find the Latest Search News and Database Updates

Search systems are changing constantly; just look at the recent updates to Compendex, Inspec, and PatBase.  How can you stay updated on the latest changes to both free and subscription search systems  for patent and non-patent literature?  Here at Intellogist, we have to constantly check a number of blogs and websites so that we can add the most recent system changes to the “Major Recent Updates” sections of our Intellogist Reports.  We also have to learn about the newest free and subscription search systems and databases to add to the growing list of Community Reports and resources listed on the Resource Finder.

Continue reading to learn about the best blogs and websites for finding the latest database and search system news!

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The Best Patent Search Gifts of 2011

The holidays are a time to reflect on all the wonderful gifts for which we have to be thankful: family, friends, and (of course) database platform updates.  Ok, so maybe everyone isn’t excited over every new Espacenet update, but for patent searchers, a new search system update can be as exhilarating as a fresh batch of presents on Christmas morning.  A database update may add new search functions, archiving/analysis features, or new data coverage that can give the searcher new sources and methods for locating relavent prior art.  So, in honor of the holiday season, I’ll list some of the top gifts that patent searchers received in 2011.

After the jump, read about the best patent database updates, new free patent search and analysis sites, the best new non-patent literature search platform, and the best new tool for patent attorneys!
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Free Online Courses for Database Searching

You don’t need to go back to grad school to learn how to search in patent and non-patent literature (NPL) databases.  In fact, many database vendors and producers are happy to teach you how to use their products for free.  Most database vendor websites offer a wide range of free educational resources, including user manuals for for database platforms, specific database information sheets, and even live or recorded online courses (sometimes called webinars or e-seminars).  I’ve watched a lot of these webinars, and I’ll highlight a few of my favorite webinar providers in this post.

Read on to learn about the free live and recorded webinars provided by IET, Dialog, and STN!

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The Search Product Everyone Will Be Using Next Year

I was fortunate enough to see another preview of the coming ProQuest Dialog platform, which will eventually completely replace all Dialog and Datastar platforms.  This is fantastic news for me, as I’ve long wished I could dig through the extremely valuable and massive collection on Dialog without actually having to search Dialog.

First, a word on why we care about Dialog – their collection once made up a significant portion of  the world’s scientific and technical information stored electronically.  Scroll through the Dialog Bluesheets to get an idea of the legacy abstracting and indexing files that were once the major go-to source for online searching.   This data is still valuable, and I think that all searchers deserve a chance to access it quickly, easily, and without specialized training.  With the current suite of Dialog platforms, that just isn’t possible.  Read on to find out how ProQuest Dialog will open this world of content to more information professionals.

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Update from PIUG 2011

Well my first full day at PIUG 2011 in Cincinnati, OH is done.  Although I spent a good part of it eating Graeter’s ice cream, the news I learned is so interesting that I just have to share it.

I have fresh-off-the-press updates about Dialog, Innography, WIPO PATENTSCOPE®, PatBase, Derwent World Patents Index and more, so read on!

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