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After much anticipation, ProQuest LLC has announced ProQuest Dialog for “Summer 2010” completing the merging of the Dialog and DataStar product lines. ProQuest Dialog is the successor to the numerous Dialog literature search systems such as DialogPRO, DialogClassic and Classic Web, as well as other iterations including Dialog1, DialogSelect, Dialog Web, and Dialog SourceOne.
Attempting to blend the best of both worlds from Dialog and DataStar, ProQuest Dialog will be first launched with pharmaceutical and biomedical content this summer and updated “later in 2010 with more scientific, technical and medical content.” The full product will be launched in 2011 with “next-generation command-based Boolean and proximity search,” in what sounds like an effort to cater to the dyed-in-the-wool Dialog searching veteran who knows the power of such an interface. This is a welcome carry-over in the merging between the two products, and it will be interesting to see how ProQuest implements the “next-generation” portion of the equation to give users greater control over their queries.
Further enhancements and features promised by ProQuest include:
- full-text content from ProQuest to strengthen the offering across subject collections
- the option to select the interface language, combined with automatic translation of key parts of documents, to simplify access for users in non-English speaking regions
- integration of analytical tools and improvements in cross-file indexing to aid retrieval and use of content from existing and new sources
a full range of pricing and contract options
Subscription migration and early flat-rate access contracts are available through your Dialog/DataStar representative.
After such a long waiting period, it will be interesting to see if ProQuest Dialog can satisfy die-hards of the respective product lines as well as move the state of prior art and literature searching forward. Do you think they can do it? What features do you think that ProQuest needs to include to either retain you as a customer or grab you as a new one? Let us know in the comments below.
This post was edited by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla.