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Thomson Scientific Introduces Data Platform for Biological Researchers
Thomson Scientific announced the release of BONDplus (http://scientific.thomson.com/bondplus), an integrated, Web-based data platform for biological researchers. Compiled from 15 assembled resources including GenBank, RefSeq, Entrez Gene, and UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot, BONDplus allows researchers to move beyond the genome and leverage publicly available biological sequence data, BINDplus biomolecular interaction data, as well as GENESEQ, a value added database of patented biological sequences. The platform is designed to enable new insights into biological research including target-based discovery and rational drug design.
BONDplus provides an intuitive and value-added resource for any researcher by uniting the genomic, proteomic, and metabolomic research communities around one comprehensive platform. The subscription service provides information from the assembled resources including BINDplus and GENESEQ in addition to precomputed data sets with BLAST functionality, visualization tools, and more than 80 million public domain sequences. Thomson provides primary, secondary, and tertiary data types, ranging from proteins and small molecules to gene and protein expression and more complex data types such as toxicology/efficacy data, biomarker, interaction, and pathway information.Source: Thomson Scientific
STN announces STN AnaVist 2.0
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS; www.cas.org) and FIZ Karlsruhe announced a new version of STN AnaVist analysis and visualization software. Version 2.0 features Derwent World Patents Index (DWPI), complementing the patent content of CAplus, along with new developments in functionality that address customers’ most requested enhancements.
STN AnaVist works with STN Express, version 8.2, to analyze content from STN, the online service for science and technology. Now, in addition to analyzing search results from the multidisciplinary CAplus database and the patent databases USPATFULL and PCTFULL, the new version of STN AnaVist analyzes content from DWPI, a database from Thomson Scientific that provides information on patent publications from the 41 most important patent-issuing authorities of the world.
STN AnaVist enhancements, version 2.0, enable users to take advantage of new clustering fields, including Technology Indicators, Exemplary/First Claim, All Claims, and International Patent Classification (IPC) Codes, and customize visualization using combinations of text fields. Users can create a variety of new bar charts based on DWPI Class, DWPI Manual Codes, Labels, and Patent Country Codes/Kind Codes. It also provides new document-highlighting features, enhanced document management, and enhanced views of the research landscape with new 2-D displays with white or black backgrounds.
STN is operated jointly by CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe worldwide and is represented in Japan by JAICI (Japan Association for International Chemical Information).Source: Chemical Abstracts Service
Clickability and Inform Join Forces
Inform Technologies, LLC (www.inform.com) has entered into a partnership with Clickability (www.clickability.com), a content management system used by media properties. Clickability will introduce publishers to Inform’s technology, which automatically generates links that enhance the online content and revenue potential of established media brands. The partnership is designed to help publishers benefit from the synergies of the two services, both of which promote new revenue opportunities. The companies said that both solutions are fast and easy to implement, due to their "software as a service" design.
Inform’s artificial intelligence and natural language-based technology uses proprietary rules and algorithms to scan millions of pages of content and to identify topics and articles that are similar and relevant to each other. Based on these relationships, the Inform technology creates editorial-quality links within online articles that provide one-click access to new, automatically generated, topic-specific pages, pulling together articles, videos, blog posts, and other content on a given subject.
By providing these links and pages, Inform can help a media Web site become deeper and more compelling, engaging visitors to spend more time using it. This can result in more readers and more page views, and thus more revenue, as well as an improved ability to compete effectively with search engines and other sites.
(For background on Inform Technologies, see the NewsBreak at http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/nbReader.asp?ArticleId=17014.)Source: Inform Technologies, LLC
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