The Next Google Scholar? Scholrly’s Potential for Locating Non-Patent Literature

Scholrly is a free search engine for academic writing that we first heard about back in the summer of 2012, and the public Beta version of this site was recently released in early January 2013, after six months of private beta testing. The service currently covers the field of computer science, but the creators plan to eventually expand the coverage of the service. Back in 2012, I wondered if Scholrly may one day replace Google Scholar as the easiest free search tool for quickly locating academic writing that may be used as non-patent literature (NPL) prior art by professional patent searchers.  I’ve finally gotten the chance to test the Scholrly search interface, and the hit list and full record views for both article and author results offer some unique data formatted in very useful displays for quickly locating related articles and authors. The quick and advanced search options on Scholrly are very run-of-the-mill, though, and no secondary filtering options are offered in the hit list.

After the jump, learn about the search and display features for the new Scholrly search engine, and see how it measures up to Google Scholar!
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Will cloud computing radically change patent search products?

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First, let me say that I think “patents on the cloud” is a radical idea, and something that may create some changes in patent information products.  Read on for a summary of Alexandria, a new product that provides “patents on the cloud,” and my analysis of this new approach!

I recently spoke to Mike Baycroft of Fairview Research, Inc., the company that has lately acquired IFI and launched a new patent information product, Alexandria, billing the service as “Patents on the Cloud.”  Alexandria is a database of patent information hosted on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, ready to license.   For those who haven’t followed the jargon, the “cloud” refers to cloud computing, and it basically means that you can get a lot of stuff, like data and software, directly from the delocalized network (or “cloud”) of sources that make up the internet, rather than having to load it on your own local servers.

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