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May 3, 2006

Engineering Information Offering Open Training Sessions

.: Ei Engineering Information is offering open training sessions this month. The courses are taught by Ms Gali Halevi, Training Manager for Ei. I missed posting the first session, an intro to Engineering Village 2, held yesterday. Ms Halevi reported that many registrants participated in the May 2 sessions. The following two courses are forthcoming, and recommended for anyone interested in these Ei products and services:

  • May 9th: Ei Patents
    Times: 9:30AM, 2:00PM (EDT)
    Length: 45 minutes
    Content: This is an introductory overview of Ei patents databases. The training will cover:
    1. Patent searching on Engineering Village (unique features and search tips)
    2. Faceted searching and browsing
    3. Using patents searches for 'Technical Intelligence'.
    4. Combining bibliographic and patent searching
  • May 16th: Creating effective Competitive and Technical intelligence reports
    Times: 9:30AM, 2:00PM (EDT)
    Length: 45 minutes
    Content: This session will demonstrate how to create a competitive and technical intelligence reports on a given subject using Engineering Village 2 data sources including Compendex and Ei Patents. The session will cover:
    1. Learning how to identify major trends in industry and science by using data facets.
    2. Incorporating bibliographic information and freely accessed resources in your report.
    3. Keeping your report current by embedding alerts.
    This session will include a case study and a full example report that will be sent to all participants.

October 20, 2005

Ei Scope and Coverage Committee Blog Press Release

.: Engineering Information's Compendex Scope and Coverage Committee, of which I am co-chair, recently began using blogging technology as a project management tool. Lists of potential titles for Compendex coverage were distributed to Committee members via the blog, with concerns and questions discussed centrally from within the blog since that time. Committee members can discuss specific titles or groups of titles, and provide feedback accordingly.

Ei issued a press release this week with details on how the blog is being used to enhance the coverage in Compendex. The Compendex Scope and Coverage Committee first came into existence in 1993, and initially I was a member from that time until 1998. The new, reconstituted committee has a larger membership, and will continue to advise Ei on the editorial content of Compendex, reviewing and suggesting new titles for coverage. The blog helps to make the work a little easier on everyone involved. Steven Cohen mentioned the press release on Library Stuff.

.: I should note that I am back from NYC, where I spent a nine days on vacation. While there, I had a chance to visit with some of the Ei staff at the Reed Elsevier HQ on Park Avenue. My thanks to Rafael, Ross, Gali, Christian, and Mary for taking the time to visit with me during their busy work day.