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Knovel Updates Its Platform
Knovel redesigned its platform to include feature-enhanced search capabilities and a more functional user interface. Enhancements to this new platform were made in response to ongoing research about the way engineers conduct searches and use technical information.
Knovel, part of the Elsevier product portfolio, is a technical information reference company for engineers that also offers a cloud-based application of resources from 100-plus engineering publishers and societies. In the application, users can view analytics and access the database for quick yet thorough searches. Teams can collaborate on projects and integrate third-party tools, enterprise applications, and customer knowledgebases into the platform.
“The Knovel platform was completely rebuilt from the ground up to ensure that the trusted content that we bring together is discoverable, answers are actionable and the overall experience is seamless—easily integrating into the engineer’s workflow,” says Ella Balagula, senior vice president of engineering and technology markets at Elsevier.
Specific updates to the platform include new search algorithms that allow users to search within results and filter them to a user’s preference, a user interface that puts the tools front and center and displays subscription availability, shared folders in My Knovel for team collaboration, and APIs for integration with outside tools.
Existing customers don’t need to request a shift to the enhanced platform: Now that the platform has launched commercially, Knovel plans to upgrade corporate customers on Oct. 1 and all other customers by the end of the year.
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