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Elsevier’s illumin8 Is Now “Smarter” and Faster

Elsevier (, a publisher of scientific, medical, and technical products and services, announced the newest upgrade to illumin8 (, a web-based semantic text-mining solution designed to help corporate research professionals answer complex R&D questions with greater speed and effectiveness. The product is part of Elsevier’s portfolio of information retrieval tools, which are designed to transform the company’s high-value content into actionable knowledge to improve ROI for corporate R&D and drive innovation.

For end users, illumin8 is now even "smarter" in that users do not need to remember search parameters or syntax. Instead, users can simply enter the phrases they are interested in and the system figures out how to interpret it. This built-out search logic is able to ferret out very relevant, specific information to answer tough questions for R&D professionals working in innovation, technology intelligence, and related areas.

Enhanced technology landscaping capabilities provide R&D users with new result types that can prove valuable for research projects on specific technology categories. With this upgrade researchers will gain the following benefits: 

  • Richer results providing a technology overview or landscape including organizations, products, approaches, benefits, and people associated with a technology or product category 
  • Smarter search logic that relieves the user of having to enter specialized syntax or parameters 
  • Explicit display of result types showing the semantic relationship of the result to the search input 
  • Addition of nearly half a million predefined technology terms to the search guide

Source: Elsevier

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