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STNewsline (sm) 2/2000 - European Edition - 21 February 2000

THIS ISSUE

NEW TO STN

1. BIOTECHNO - NEW FILE ON STN

2. IMSDIRECTORY - COMING SOON TO STN:  FREE CONNECT HOUR OFFER

 

FILE UPDATES:

3. BIOSIS - CONTINUES BIOSYSTEMATIC AND CONCEPT CODES

4. DGENE - HOMOLOGY SEARCHING FOR NUCLEOTIDES

5. CAPLUS - MACHINE TRANSLATED PATENT ABSTRACTS

6. CAOLD - MORE SEARCHABLE PATENT DATA

7. ANABSTR - SDI PRICE REDUCED

8. FSTA - THESAURUS 2000

9. EMBASE - ROUTES OF DRUG ADMINISTRATION: NOW INDEXED AS DRUG LINKS

10. EMBASE - USER AIDS 2000

 

FYI:

11. STN EXPRESS WITH DISCOVER! - SUPPORT ON THE WEB

12. FREE EXPRESS MAINTENANCE UPGRADE

13. NEW CLUSTERS: ADISBASES, IMSBASES, PJBBASES

14. CAS E-SEMINARS ON THE WEB

15. Soeben erschienen: WETTBEWERBSVORTEILE DURCH PATENTINFORMATIONEN

16. WORKSHOPS, etc.

 

NEW TO STN

1. BIOTECHNOBASE NOW ON STN

BIOTECHNOBASE, a new database from Elsevier Science, is now available on STN under the file name BIOTECHNO. It is an exciting new information product in the quickly developing field of Biotechnology, covering both modern biotechnology (genetic engineering, bioreactors, industrial processes, etc.) and traditional biotechnology (breeding, fermentation, etc.). Special emphasis is placed on drug development, medicine and health care, microbial biotechnology, agriculture, food industry, environmental science, forensic science, and textiles.

BIOTECHNO provides comprehensive, international coverage of scientific, technological and professional biotechnology literature - from fundamental research to industrial applications. Items are included on a cover-to-cover basis from a core list of 280 journals devoted to biotechnology, plus there is a selective coverage of other relevant journals from related disciplines. More than 90% of the records include author abstracts. BIOTECHNO is as true current awareness resource because most new records are available in the database within just 15-20 working days of receipt of the original journal. Updated weekly, more than 100,000 records will be added to BIOTECHNO each year. Coverage begins in 1980, the current file size is about 1.25 million records.

The inclusion of Molecular Sequence Numbers, CAS Registry Numbers and other unique fields, such a drug and device trade and manufacturer names, provides powerful entry points to locate information quickly and easily. In addition, a list of terms specific to biotechnology has been developed to ensure thorough and consistent indexing across the file. See HELP SFIELDS when in the file for details of the available search fields.

For more information on BIOTECHNO, see also HELP DIRECTORY when in the file.

The Database Summary Sheet is available on the Web on our Database List.

 

2. IMSDIRECTORY - COMING on February 20: FREE CONNECT HOUR OFFER

IMSDIRECTORY from IMS Health contains profiles for the most significant pharmaceutical companies and subsidiaries of multinationals operating within the world's main health care markets.

Records contain the company's local operational profile, corporate ownership links, executives, number of representatives, and provide a sales profile of leading products and therapeutic classes. The profiles include the company name, address, E-mail address, URL's, senior executive names, IMS Health MIDAS sales data, chemical names, and CAS Registry Numbers.

The file covers 1993 to the present and has profiles for more than 5300 companies in over 70 countries.

The Database Summary Sheet is available on the Web on our Database List.

NOTE: One FREE connect hour is available per loginid in IMSDIRECTORY each month during March and April 2000. Display/print and telecommunication charges apply as usual.

 

FILE UPDATES

3. BIOSIS CONTINUES BIOSYSTEMATIC AND CONCEPT CODES

BIOSIS will continue to include Biosystematic and Concept Codes in the BIOSIS file. Individuals searching the BIOSIS file will now have a choice of using the Biosystematic and Concept Codes, or the Relational Indexing that was introduced in 1998.

For more information about BIOSIS Relational Indexing, please refer to STNote 20.
Searching Relational Indexing in BIOSIS is available on our Web site:
http://www.fiz-karlsruhe.de/stnotes.html

 

4. DGENE: HOMOLOGY SEARCHING FOR NUCLEOTIDE SEQUENCES NOW AVAILABLE

The possibility of searching for nucleotide sequences in DGENE has been enhanced considerably. The software module GETSIM, used for searching peptide sequences, has been extended to homology searching for nucleotide sequences as of February 13, 2000. Pricing for RUN GETSIM has not been altered (DM 14,79).

Three new search field codes have been created reflecting new and old options of a search with the GETSIM module. To initiate the desired search the following new search codes have to be specifi

  • for searching peptide sequences use /SQP (default),
  • for nucleotide sequences /SQN,
  • and for search of nucleotide sequences translated into peptides use /TSQN.

Sequences of up to 500 characters may be searched with RUN GETSIM. Searches on long sequences consume considerable system resources and may take up to 20 minutes. For a detailed description of homology (similarity) searching in DGENE, see HELP SEQUENCE, HELP SIM, and HELP QLIMITS when in the database.

Established in 1990, DGENE (Derwent Genseq) is a unique database containing nucleic acid and amino sequences which have been extracted from the original patent documents from 40 issuing authorities including the USPTO, WIPO, EPO, Japanese and German patent offices. The database currently contains more than 620,000 records and grows by more than 10,000 records per month.

DGENE provides

  • specially-written titles to cover the main developments and content of the patent,
  • full bibliographic data,
  • concise summaries detailing the pertinent points about the sequence,
  • English-language abstracts specially written for DGENE,
  • feature tables which highlight specific areas within the sequence such as promoter regions, CAAT box, coding regions etc.,
  • and searchable sequences.

 

5. CAPLUS - MACHINE-TRANSLATED PATENT ABSTRACTS

Machine-translated abstracts are now available in CAplus for Japanese patents issued starting on January 14, 2000 and for German patents starting on February 3, 2000. The machine-translated abstracts are easily identifiable - each is preceded by [Machine Translation] or [MT]. These abstracts are reviewed by CAS document analysts if and when the document is selected for abstracting and indexing. The [MT] or [Machine Translation] tag is removed after the review.

 

6. CAOLD - MORE SEARCHABLE PATENT DATA (1907-66)

CAS are happy to announce that as of February 20, all patent numbers from the CAS 1-7 Collective Indexes, (CIs)(1907-1966) and patent family data from the 6-7 CIs (1957-1966) will be easily searchable in CAOLD. Nearly 800,000 abstracted patents and over 83,000 family members are included.

Key Benefits

  • The CAOLD enhancement improves access to key patent data issued prior to 1967.
  • Searchers who do not have the print CA or who are unfamiliar with manual search techniques now have easy access to older CAS patent data at their desktop.
  • Most of this data is unique to CAS and cannot be obtained from any other online or print resource.

The Patent Indexes for the 1-7 Collective Indexes are the source of the data. The patent number and patent countries are searchable for all indexed patents and family members. The Patent Information (PI) has been added to the BIB and ALL display formats. As with all other CAOLD enhancements, the best display option is PAGE.

 

7. ANABSTR - MOVES TO WEEKLY UPDATING / SDI PRICE REDUCED

Since the third week of January 2000 Analytical Abstracts (File ANABSTR) is being updated on a weekly basis. Around 400 new records will be added each week. At the same time, automatic current awareness searches (SDIs) has also been switched to the weekly schedule. The price per SDI run has been reduced from DM 27,50 to DM 7,00 as of 1 February 2000.

 

8. FSTA - THESAURUS 2000 NOW ONLINE!

The Food Science and Technology Abstracts (FSTA) Thesaurus is under constant review to ensure that new concepts in the literature are included. A new edition of the Thesaurus is now available online to help you search on the latest hot topics!. The new FSTA Thesaurus 2000 includes approximately 600 new descriptors.

The Thesaurus is also available in print (Price £95 / US$ 160) or electronic format (ASCII text only) from

IFIS Publishing,
Lane End House,
Shinfield,
Reading RG2 9BB, UK,
Tel.: +44 118 988 3895,
Fax: +44 118 988 5065,
Email: ifis(at)ifis(dot)org
http://www.ifis.org

 

9 EMBASE - ROUTES OF DRUG ADMINISTRATION: NOW INDEXED AS DRUG LINKS

Many of you have reported that searching EMBASE for the route of administration of a drug can yield false hits when more than one drug is indexed.At last Elsevier Science can announce that, starting in January 2000, it is introducing a change in the indexing to resolve this problem: routes of drug administration will now be indexed as drug links, linked specifically to the drugs that are administered by that route. Note that all 47 new drug links are pre-existing terms, which have been indexed until now primarily as medical descriptors (minor terms). Beginning with the records indexed in the year 2000, Elsevier Science expect that this change will make it easier to retrieve these concepts.

For more information, please see the printed STNews, January/February issue.

 

10. EMBASE - USER AIDS & SERVICES FOR 2000

EMBASE user aids and services are designed to help searchers construct more cost-effective and time-efficient searches, refine search strategies, enhance precision retrieval and determine journal coverage. New editions of two resources will appear in 2000:

  • EMTREE Thesaurus 2000 - is now available
  • EMBASE List of Journals Indexed 2000 - scheduled for publication February 2000.

To order user aids, obtain a training schedule, or additional information contact:
embase-europe(at)elsevier(dot)nl

 

FYI

11. STN EXPRESS WITH DISCOVER! - SUPPORT ON THE WEB

You'll want to bookmark:
http://www.stn-international.de/stninterfaces/stnexpress/support/express.html

At this location you'll find information about

  • Connecting to STN
  • Free maintenance upgrades
  • Most frequently asked questions

And more!

 

12. FREE EXPRESS MAINTENANCE UPGRADE

A free maintenance upgrade - 5.0c is now available for STN Express 5.0 with Discover! for Windows customers. You may download this upgrade only if you are already using STN Express version 5.0. It takes only a few minutes to perform this upgrade.

If you have downloaded STN Express upgrades in the past, you may go directly to:
http://www.stn-international.de/stninterfaces/stnexpress/support/express50/win/patches/patches.html

If not, follow these instructions:
To verify that you have version 5.0, launch STN Express. Select the "Help" menu item on the toolbar. Then select "About STN Express...". If you have STN Express 5.0 (including 5.0a or 5.0b), select "Web" from the menu, then your nearest STN Service Center, and then "Free Maintenance Upgrades." Your default web browser will be launched and you will be directed to the V5.0c site.

To review the installation instructions and upgrade details, choose "V50c.tst" and print the page for future reference. Follow the printed instructions or choose "V50c.exe" to download the upgrade.

You must close the STN Express application before you can upgrade it. After exiting STN Express, launch the V5.0c upgrade and follow the instructions.

 

13. NEW CLUSTERS: ADISBASES, IMSBASES, PJBBASES

ADISBASE - Adis International Limited Database Cluster is new and contains:
ADISALERTS and ADISINSIGHT.

IMSBASES - IMS HEALTH Database Cluster is new and includes:
DRUGLAUNCH, DRUGMONOG, DRUGMONOG2
DRUGNL, DRUGPAT, DRUGUPDATES
IMSDRUGCONF, IMSPROFILES

PJBBASES - PJB Publications Ltd. Database Cluster is new and includes:
PHAR, PHIC, and PHIN.

 

14. CAS E-SEMINARS NOW ON THE WEB!

Quick and friendly instruction in the use of CAS databases and services is now easier than ever at your desktop.

CAS has introduced a new series of instructional videos on the Web called e-Seminars. Most of these movies will take less than 2 minutes to view and will discuss CAS database content and coverage in key areas of technology, plus techniques for retrieving this information. The first e-Seminar in the series, Catalysts, is now available for your viewing pleasure at
https://casevents.webex.com

You'll need the Acrobat 4 and QuickTime 4 plug-ins. Everything you need to get started is just a few clicks away!

 

15. SOEBEN ERSCHIENEN: "WETTBEWERBSVORTEILE DURCH PATENTINFORMATIONEN"

In dem vom FIZ Karlsruhe herausgegebenen Buch versteht es der Autor,  Herr Alexander J. Wurzer, in bestechender Weise, die Materie des Patentwesens anhand einer Vielzahl von Beispielen lebhaft und unterhaltsam darzustellen. Er zeigt, wie man durch die Nutzung von Patentdatenbanken technologische Entscheidungsprozesse informativ absichern und damit betriebswirtschaftliche Risiken senken kann. (237 Seiten, DM 25,-)

Ihre Bestellung richten Sie bitte an: rm(at)fiz-karlsruhe(dot)de

 

WORKSHOPS

16. FREE EMBASE training at FIZ Karlsruhe on 31 May, 20000

For registration, please contact
sue(at)fiz-karlsruhe(dot)de

 

17. SEMINARREIHE "Patentrecherche mit STN" an der Fachhochschule Hannover

Patentbank-Einführung, 17.05.2000, 13.00-17.00, DM 187,50
Grundkurs Patentdatenbanken, 18.05.2000, 9.30-17.00, DM 375,-
Aufbaukurs Patentdatenbanken, 19.05.2000, 9.30-17.00, DM 375,-

Anmeldung und weitere Informationen bei

Frau Dr. Karin FaerberSTN Vertrieb NordTel. 02 21/5 97 00 93faerber@scientificconsulting.de

For further workshops, please visit our web site (see below).

 

SEE FOR YOURSELF!

If you like to see demos and hear what's new, visit us at these STN/FIZ Karlsruhe EVENTS:

2001 Exhibits and Conferences Schedule
http://www.stn-international.de/events_stn.html

Regional Customer Updates / User Meetings
http://www.stn-international.de/user_meetings.html

STN Workshops
http://www.stn-international.de/workshops.html

 

HELP

As always, additional information or search assistance is just a click away:
http://www.stn-international.de/stn_faq.html
http://www.stn-international.de/help_desk.html

 

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