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Elsevier Upgrades illumin8 Semantic Search Tool

Elsevier announced the expansion of illumin8, its semantic search tool first launched in 2008. illumin8, which indexes scientific, patent, news and web content from Elsevier and other trusted sources, now offers new features, including an improved ability to explore technology trends and white space opportunities, evaluate potential new technologies and product applications, and compare organizations, products, people, and approaches.

“The early stage of the innovation process is often referred to as the fuzzy front-end. At this point in our customers’ workflow, using regular search can feel like reaching around in the dark, especially when they are dealing with unfamiliar markets or emerging technologies or products,” said Robbertjan Kalff, VP for product development for engineering and technology and alternative energy at Elsevier. “Users say that this is the time where they don’t know what they don’t know, but at the same time they need a way to get on the right track faster. This is the need that illumin8 addresses.”

The functionality of illumin8 is further enhanced by the introduction of illumin8 Reports—customizable documents that users can create to share their findings and analysis of a research topic. The new functionality was developed based on customer requests and testing with a representative group drawn from the thousands of illumin8 users worldwide—including innovation leaders and R&D scientists and engineers from leading Fortune 500 companies. illumin8 customers come from across industries such as automotive, chemicals, and consumer packaged goods, and the web-based tool has been enhanced to closely align with its users’ workflow and the questions they need to answer at the front-end of innovation.

illumin8 supports an organization’s innovation platform by helping identify new technologies and applications for product development, supporting risk assessment of entering new market space, uncovering competitor activity and helping identify potential new partners or suppliers. Unlike regular search platforms, illumin8 is able to easily identify and show relationships between concepts and entities such as technologies, organizations, products, and scientific approaches—which is often buried in document text and could take many hours or weeks to capture and assess.

Source: Elsevier



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