|Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases (ESBD) has announced the forthcoming
release of BIOTECHNOBASE.com, the second of its bibliographic databases
available via an intelligent Web gateway implementation.
Because biotechnology is by its very nature multidisciplinary, articles
are scattered throughout thousands of publications across dozens of disciplines,
according to the announcement. BIOTECHNOBASE.com collects these citations
and abstracts into a single bibliographic database and brings all of this
information directly to the searcher's desktop.
"We recognize that speed of development in biotechnology is crucial
for achieving and maintaining a competitive advantage," said Rob van der
Meer, BIOTECHNOBASE.com's product manager. "BIOTECHNOBASE.com is specifically
designed to provide end-user searchers withfast, easy access to the new,
relevant biotechnology literature they need to compete successfully in
the biotechnology arena. This gateway will offer extensive linking to full-text
and other information sources as well as innovative functionality. The
intelligent search engine will enable even novice users to carry out highly
sophisticated, yet intuitive searches. The automatic e-mail alerting service
for preferred search profiles will give end-users powerful tools to create
their own personal virtual journal."
BIOTECHNOBASE.com provides direct access to the core of international
scientific literature in biotechnology and the life sciences. Its features
include the following:
According to the announcement, users from emerging biobusinesses (companies
that apply biotechnology), universities, and research institutes will find
in BIOTECHNOBASE.com application-oriented information as well as significant,
fundamental research results. Sectors covered include human and animal
healthcare (biomedical developments, functional genomics and gene analyses,
proteomics, diagnosis and diagnostics, molecular cellular monitoring, medical
microbiology), biopharmaceutics (novel therapeutics, vaccines, gene therapy),
foods and beverages (novel foods, nutriceuticals, functional foods), agriculture
and horticulture (plant and animal breeding, plant resistance and tolerance,
biopesticides, bio-insecticides), and environmental protection and control
(bioremediation and biodegradation, biomonitoring and control, air pollution
treatment, ecological risks, hazards assessment).
Weekly updates of about 2,000 new records
A sophisticated, yet easy-to-use interface
Efficient record access via indexed terms and keywords, authors, and journals
Complete coverage of 280 core journals, plus selective coverage from more
than 4,000 journals in relevant fields
Approximately 1.5 million bibliographic records from 1980 to the present,
most with author abstracts
Links to full text
Inclusion of Molecular Sequence Numbers and CAS Registry Numbers
An automatic e-mail alerting service
During the final stages of BIOTECHNOBASE.com's development, Elsevier
Science Bibliographic Databases is offering users the opportunity to provide
feedback on functionality and content by participating in free beta trials.
To set up a trial, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A BIOTECHNOBASE.com demo is available at http://www.biotechnobase.com.
Source: Elsevier Science Bibliographic Databases, Amsterdam, Netherlands,