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September 16, 2010 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Elsevier Launches Geofacets Search and Discovery Tool for Geoscientists

Elsevier announced the launch of Geofacets, a search and discovery tool that provides web-based access to more than 100,000 geological maps and 65,000 articles from Elsevier’s 31 earth sciences journals. Geofacets is designed to help geoscientists in the oil and gas industry spend less time searching and formatting content and more time on analysis and interpretation to identify and characterize potential sources of hydrocarbon resources.

The tool offers direct desktop access to reliable georeferenced maps and the trusted geologic content embedded in Elsevier’s journal articles. It allows geoscientists to:

  • Search geographically via an interactive map
  • Search textually for relevant content by keyword, geographic location, author, etc.
  • View results geographically
  • Refine a large number of search results, enabling the user to sort the results according to map type, geographic location, keyword, author, etc.
  • Download relevant content as georeferenced maps (GeoTIFF) and other image formats (JPEG or TIFF), facilitating easy integration with the geoscientist’s workflow and software
  • Access the full-text article, which provides contextual information that leads to better analysis and interpretation

Geofacets satisfies the geoscientist’s heavy reliance on maps and geographically relevant data in the early stages of exploration by automatically pulling in all of the georeferenced maps and content related to specific geographic areas of interest or subject matter (i.e., gas hydrates, salt dome). Nearly half of the maps are georeferenced and indexed according to geologic basins, enabling geoscientists to use the unique geographic search interface to quickly find maps associated with specific basins and countries.

Source: Elsevier

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