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CAS Completes Scientific Century Project

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS; http://www.cas.org), a division of the American Chemical Society, announced that it has completed its Scientific Century project. Through this project, CAS has expanded the digital research environment for scientists by making the bibliographic and abstract information from the entire Chemical Abstracts (CA) collection dating back to 1907 available for searching through the STN, SciFinder, and SciFinder Scholar research tools.

CAS has made the historic literature available in the same online databases that cover the latest research. Now available in the CA and CAplus files are 3.8 million records from CA issues prior to 1967. This material, which spans 1907 to the present, brings the total number of online records to 20.5 million. About 789,000 of the earlier records are for patents, while 2.8 million are journal material. The balance of the records is for books, technical reports, conference proceedings, and dissertations.

In 1999 CAS began adding material from pre-1967 CA issues to its online databases. The massive undertaking required converting to electronic form a huge volume of information that was previously available only in print. With the completion of the project, researchers can use STN or SciFinder services to search this earlier literature via words in the abstract text and title, the publication title, author names, publication year, and more.

"Scientists always build upon the work of their predecessors, and earlier research can in many ways have immediate relevance for today," said Matthew J. Toussant, CAS director of editorial operations. "To mention just a few examples, the material we have now made available online contains pioneering studies in subjects as diverse as physics, antibiotics, and DNA. Though these records could have been found previously in the printed volumes of CA, making them immediately available for search and retrieval at the researcher's desktop can only increase their value and utility."

Source: Chemical Abstracts Service

Academic Press Articles Now Available on Scirus

Elsevier Science has announced that Academic Press journal articles hosted on the IDEAL (International Digital Electronic Access Library; http://www.idealibrary.com) platform can now be found on Scirus (http://www.scirus.com). Scirus, launched in April 2001 by Elsevier Science, is a comprehensive, science-specific search engine that is continually being enhanced with more scientific sources.

IDEAL, now an Elsevier Science online library, offers over 300 journals in scientific, technical, and medical fields, including nearly 175 journals from Academic Press. Academic Press journals are available via IDEAL site licenses, and all IDEAL journal articles are immediately available to anyone via IDEALOnDemand, a pay-per-view option.

In addition to scientific information freely available on the Web, Scirus covers proprietary databases like ScienceDirect, Beilstein on ChemWeb, MEDLINE on BioMedNet, Neuroscion, BioMed Central, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Elsevier Science is negotiating with other scientific publishing companies to make their proprietary databases searchable through Scirus. The Scirus service covers more than 60 million science-related pages and reportedly can pinpoint precise scientific information that other search engines cannot reach, including Adobe PDF files and peer-reviewed articles. Scirus is part of the ScienceDirect family of products.

Source: Elsevier Science

Dialog Rolls Out Quantum2 Program Across Europe

Dialog Corp. has announced plans for the European rollout of its Quantum2 development program for information professionals. The program, which builds on and enhances a Dialog program first introduced in 1993, provides training and tools to enhance professional development, with a special focus on strategies to develop leadership skills and demonstrate the value of professional information services within organizations.

To coincide with the launch of Quantum2, Dialog announced the appointment of Liz Blankson-Hemans to head the program in Europe. Blankson-Hemans joins Dialog from the law practice Clifford Chance, where she was manager of the firm's Central Information Services division.

The Quantum2 program will provide tools, training materials, professional development seminars, white papers on knowledge management and other key topics, and networking opportunities to information professionals. These materials will be made available through the recently launched Quantum2 Web site, a series of new Quantum2 workshop seminars, and ongoing communication to members. Quantum2 program membership is free and open to information professionals in organizations that use Dialog's products. To register, visit the Quantum2 site at http://www.quantum.dialog.com.

Source: Dialog Corp.



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