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Enhancements Coming to EV2

:: The latest version of Engineering Village 2 is scheduled for release in mid-January 2005. Details of the forthcoming enhancements are available at Librarian's Corner, at Ei Update. The major change is the introduction of Faceted searching - from the "Corner":

Once you have search results, you will be able to refine your search based on facets. The facets that will be available are database, author, controlled vocabulary, classification code, document type, language, publication year and publisher. In faceted searching, the information from the search results is presented in clusters (facets) with the terms having the largest number of hits shown first for each cluster. From these clusters, you will be able to determine the most prolific authors, the most used controlled vocabulary, the most common classification codes, the number of results for each database as well as the most common document types, languages, years of publication and publishers.

With this feature, you will have new ways to look at and explore your results. The information provided in the clusters may suggest new avenues to explore. Faceted searching brings the information behind the records in front of your eyes. Used intelligently, the information provided in the clusters should bring more insights to your search area.

Faceted searching has emerged as a hot new area in the field of information technology fueled by the ever increasing power in search engines. Rather than refining a search by adding keywords or other fields, faceted searching provides a dynamic visual way to refine results and explore what is available in the database. Faceted searching builds on the value added indexing and classification of data common to bibliographic databases such as Compendex, Inspec and NTIS. The information in fields formatted by the database producers, such as author names, controlled vocabulary, publication year, publisher, etc, lends itself to faceted searches.

Another change is Easy Search - this will now consist of a single search box, allowing searching across all indexed fields of all bibliographic databases without limits.

I'm looking forward to seeing a more robust and user-friendly version of EV2. Other changes scheduled for 2005 include:

  • Limit by Year Default - Customers can set their default beginning search year to the earliest supported in the database
  • Auto-Stemming - Customers can request this default to be on or off
  • Wildcards - New multi-character wildcards will be supported
  • Database Selection Redesign - In Quick and Expert Searches, the database select pulldown will be replaced with checkfields and external content links
  • Sorting - Customers will be able to set their pre-search default to Date or Relevance via a backoffice option
  • Full Text Links at the Citation - Customers can provide text or graphical Local Holdings or OpenURL links to Ei for deployment at the citation level. This includes links to OPAC's or OpenURL link resolvers
For more information, please contact Rafael Sidi at r.sidi AT elsevier.com.

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