Non-Patent Search News Roundup

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As much as we would love to here on The Intellogist® Blog, we could never delve deeply into every news story in the informatics and search world. What follows is a quick hitting list of the latest news and notes that have perked our ears. You’ll read about what’s new on Inspec and MEDLINE, Google’s beef with Bing, and a new source of journal information on the horizon. Read along to keep yourself up to date with this fast-paced world of information!


Inspec is a well respected bibliographic source of literature and patents related to the fields of physics, electronics, computing, mechanical engineering, control systems and business automation. Starting in 2011, Inspec will expand the reach of its already impressive data with the inclusion of a searchable field for cited references. This feature will open Inspec up for citation searching techniques. Although common in some other non-patent/journal specific databases, this feature is an appreciated addition.

Like Inspec, MEDLINE is one of the most respected sources of journal and non-patent information in its field. MEDLINE has established itself in the medical and prior art search communities as a leading source of information because of its depth and breadth of coverage as well as its controlled vocabulary and special indexing. MEDLINE has recently undergone the beginning of its yearly reload, including changes to the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) thesaurus. Detailed vocabulary changes can be found at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) website. This constant refinement of controlled vocabulary is what makes databases such as MEDLINE (and Inspec) so valuable from the searching perspective.

You may have heard about this next news item, as Google has accused Microsoft’s upstart web search engine Bing of ripping off Google’s search results. To catch Bing’s alleged foul play, Google engineers laid a “honeypot” trap comprising a legitimate search result that would appear in Google’s rankings whenever a specific nonsensical jumble of letters was entered as a search query. When Bing started showing the same result upon entry of the letter jumble, Google claimed that Bing is aping Google results instead of creating a wholly independent search algorithm. This sting operation has damaged Bing’s reputation in many web users’ eyes, but I’ll leave it for you to decide whether this under-the-hood search scandal is enough to sway you from using one site or another.

Last, but not least, Wiley has announced the launch of Wiley Open Access, an open access journal platform for its Wiley Online Library. This platform is set to launch at least three specific journals in 2011: MicrobiologyOpen, Ecology and Evolution, and Brain and Behavior. Wiley promises the following key points to potential authors:

  • High standard, rigorous peer-review
  • Quality and reputation: supported by Wiley’s network of prestigious journals and societies
  • Rapid publication
  • Open access: freely available on Wiley Online Library and PubMed Central
  • Authors retain copyright and articles are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial License
  • Fully compliant with open access mandates – meeting the requirements of funding organizations and institutions where these apply

As an addition to the great online resource of Wiley Online Library, we’re hoping to see this initiative take off–we’re all for open access information to incorporate into our next search!

Do you have an reactions to these news stories? Excited about the product updates or angry about the Google/Bing tiff? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments below!

Patent Information from Landon IP

This post was contributed by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla. The Intellogist blog is provided for free by Intellogist’s parent company, Landon IP, a major provider of patent search, technical translation, and information services.

2 Responses

  1. i usually do all my searches based on google due to obvious reasons as
    … default google chrome user
    …. maintenance of search history in google account
    …. integrated to google docs
    … most coustomizable terms wild cards, advanced search
    …. within domain search
    …. alert features
    …. addon support
    …. google reader incorporation
    ….. and most important google patents ;-)
    bing also provide most of things but maintenace of two different accounts in sync is difficult. so my bet is with google.

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