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AIP UniPHY Offers New Networking Platform for the Physical Sciences
The American Institute of Physics (AIP; www.aip.org) launched a new website, AIP UniPHY (http://aipuniphy.org), a first-of-its-kind scientific networking platform for physical scientists. Through AIP's partnership in this venture with Collexis Holdings, Inc. (www.collexis.com), a developer of semantic technology and knowledge discovery software, the site will continue to evolve and develop.
AIP UniPHY claims to be the world's first literature-based, professional scientific networking platform that allows physical scientists to identify and connect directly with individuals whose expertise they may need in future collaborations. Utilizing Collexis' proprietary Fingerprint technology, AIP UniPHY enables fast and accurate knowledge retrieval and allows individuals to search for and locate documents, researchers, trends, and new discoveries more quickly, precisely, and thoroughly than ever before.
A unique feature of AIP UniPHY is the profiling of individual scientists based on their publication history. "By providing pre-populated profiles" said John Haynes, AIP's vice president, publishing, "we hope to facilitate the process by which researchers connect and share data. We expect that this will both increase the number of significant breakthroughs made across a range of disciplines, and decrease the time it takes to bring these innovations about."
AIP UniPHY enables researchers to see the networks that connect more than 180,000 physical scientists from more than 100 countries. They will discover the research each of these individuals has conducted and follow a web of connections showing each co-author with whom the investigator has worked. AIP UniPHY reveals with whom each of these co-authors has collaborated, as well.
The American Institute of Physics is a federation of 10 physical science societies representing more than 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators and is one of the world's largest publishers of scientific information in the physical sciences.
Source: The American Institute of Physics
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