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Access Innovations Teams With AIP for Semantic Enrichment

Access Innovations, Inc. is working with the American Institute of Physics (AIP) to semantically enrich AIP’s online full-text collection comprising more than 800,000 scholarly articles published in its academic journals since the 1930s. The enriched database allows users to easily search the extensive electronic collection of published articles with greater specificity and discoverability across physics.

The database is driven by AIP’s thesaurus created by Access Innovations. The thesaurus allows researchers to browse scientific articles spanning eight decades using both concept and keyword searches, with the search interface pointing to related articles based on cross-referenced research areas.

Access Innovations will also be indexing and providing metadata tags using terms from the AIP Thesaurus as new content is added. This will allow physical scientists to enjoy unprecedented pinpoint access to up-to-date information from current articles in their fields of interest.

Marjorie M.K. Hlava, president of Access Innovations, explained that standard keyword searches (such as Google) are of limited use for disciplines with rich, detailed vocabularies. “At a certain point, traditional keyword searches can’t provide the depth and accuracy of retrieval achievable with a field-specific thesaurus. A custom rule base teaches the search engine to provide results for terms and concepts even when the words don’t literally match one another. This is especially important in the sciences, as the topic of an article in a specialized journal is often understood by the community although not expressed directly in the title or abstract,” she added.

The semantic enrichment is expected to be completed by the end of August 2012. AIP plans to introduce the new database in conjunction with the launch of its new platform in fall 2012.

Source: Access Innovations, Inc.

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