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IET announces new developments to INSPEC

27 July 2016


The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is making exciting new developments to its market leading INSPEC database which will increase discoverability of content and provide new functionality to support the research process.

INSPEC is the world’s most trusted source of physical sciences and engineering research information, used globally by the most innovative organisations that take seriously the need to give their researchers and students the best tools for their work. INSPEC gives students and researchers’ essential intelligence and unrivalled metadata connections to find the information needed to improve research productivity.

In news announced today, The IET plan to release a new generation INSPEC that will combine the same high quality indexing that users have come to expect with semantic technologies to further enrich data. New INSPEC will enable millions more data points to be connected, furthering access to vital information.

Speaking of the new developments Tim Hamer, Director of Knowledge at The IET, said: “We are very pleased to announce that we plan to release a new generation of INSPEC, enhanced by ground breaking AI, developed by the IET’s engineering, computer and physical science experts and international partners, yet continuing to be curated by its subject experts. This will allow for discovery of information with improved relevance, from across a wider range of disciplines, displaying answers to questions in visual ways to support even greater insight, and in a flexible format that can be used by our customers and partners to enrich their own data, leading to the best decision making, discovery of new ideas, connections and shortening time to innovation.”

INSPEC has long been respected as the most authoritative resource for pinpointing important literature in engineering and is the index of choice for over 95% of the world’s top engineering departments. Built on the renowned INSPEC thesaurus, the quality of the INSPEC database is assured thanks to the curation of content and detailed indexing carried out by The IET’s subject experts. New generation INSPEC will continue to leverage this expertise but will combine it with the latest in AI and semantic technologies to increase the amount of content that is indexed and made discoverable to its tens of thousands of users.

In a final comment Hamer said: “With the advent of the Google generation and the rise in usage of academic search engines and discovery solutions, market indicators seemed to point to a rapid decline in the need for abstract and indexing resources. This does not seem to be the case. Recent research suggests that A&I databases will play an even greater role in research services as they evolve into metadata engines, like INSPEC, generating better context and relevancy in the researcher workflow. From our own experience, market interest in INSPEC continues to increase and we continue to grow our customer base, demonstrating a willingness to invest in the resource. INSPEC recently indexed its 16millionth item and work is ongoing to index over 30,000 open access e-prints from the arXiv repository, more than 2,700 dissertations from the ProQuest vault and articles from over 450 open access journals. We are proud that INSPEC is the index of choice for the world’s top engineering departments and we look forward to continuing excellent service delivery to all our customers.”

Enquiries to:

Hannah Baldwin

Head of Marketing

E: HBaldwin@theiet.org

T:  +44 (0)1438 765551

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To find out more about INSPEC, please visit the IET website.