Sunday, June 03, 2007

Scitopia


INFO:
Frederick Dylla, new AIP Pres., launched, then there were marketing language oriented remarks from Barbara Lange of IEEE then ? did a live demo for us. I agree, Christina, there is lots more for them to do!
The basic search screen is shown here. Very basic, but the cleanness is nice.

Random Notes:
  • But it is an interesting start for a cross-disciplinary when you mean engineering and physics, mostly, search.
  • Actually, I am thinking of promoting Scitopia as a basic international PATENT search engine. We learned in response to Randy's question that one cannot search by patent classes ("yet" the vendors said; and, to be fair, it is beta), but nevertheless the fact they index and link to USPTO, AND EPO and JPO, makes it attractive!
  • Also, like the OSA and SPIE additions...I can see some of our engineers could like this for cross platform (more than the physicists I am thinking)
  • The "today's clippings" has GOTTA go as the name for marked records! AND they GOTTA have a "my Scitopia" so one can save these results.
  • Of course, the societies' databases to which they link do have personalization functions, and lots of the other stuff we were all asking for....

2 Comments:

Blogger Michael White said...

Scitopia may be an interesting metasearch engine for sci-tech lit, but I would not promote it as an international patent search tool... at least not yet.

A few test searches in Scitopia retrieved some shockingly bad results compared to the national patent office and third-party database. For example, I searched semiconductor researcher "Shunpei Yamazaki" (allegedly the world's most prolific inventor) in Scitopia and several other databases. The results:

Scitopia = 14 (all EP docs from espacenet)
espacenet = 7288 (EP, US, WO, etc.)
FreePatentsOnline = 3195 (US + EP)
USPTO = 3019 (US only)

If it can run a simple name search, can you trust it in other searches?

7:02 PM  
Blogger Sara T. said...

Oh wow, thanks for checking Mike!
USEFUL precautionary test and note!

7:16 PM  

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