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STN to Launch New Platform in 2012
The STN partners, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) in the U.S. and FIZ Karlsruhe in Germany, announced that a completely new STN will be phased into the market beginning in 2012. The new platform is designed to bring improved efficiency and usability at the expert level.
Powerful new elements will include the following:
- Project-oriented workflow
- Combined text and structure queries
- Simultaneous query and results interaction
- Real-time analysis of results
- Virtually no system limits
Teams of information technology professionals at FIZ Karlsruhe and CAS have designed and developed the new system with active guidance and insights from a global customer advisory council. “It is exciting to be part of the development process of the new STN platform,” according to Mark Harper, patent information analyst at Sanofi and member of the STN Advisory Council. “The new system will greatly improve efficiency when searching STN, resulting from improved workflow support for patent experts.”
An alpha release to the STN Advisory Council is planned for later this year, and a release to global STN fixed fee customers will follow in 2012. The initial customer release will comprise the core databases of CAS and Thomson Reuters, a number of full-text patent files, and a suite of critical features and functions. Subsequent releases will be enhanced with additional databases and functionality. The current STN system, including STN Express and STN on the Web, will continue to be available and fully supported throughout the development of the new platform.
STN is the search tool that patent experts including the world's major patent offices depend on for precision searching and comprehensive, timely, and high-quality coverage of science and intellectual property information. STN provides access to more than 170 databases and is a premier source for the world’s disclosed scientific and technical research. STN databases can be accessed through STN Express, STN on the Web, and STN Easy. STN is operated jointly by CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe worldwide and is represented in Japan by JAICI.
Paula J. Hane
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