Inspec’s Database for Nano Will Continue to Grow
Inspec, after the merger of its parent with another scientific group, continues to increase its commitment to expand nanoscience content within its world-class multidisciplinary database for physics, electrical and electronic engineering, and computing and control engineering.
Inspec became one of the first scientific databases to specifically address nanoscience topics in 1993, and now regularly monitors some 6400 publications for nanotechnology and nanoscience materials, including books, conference proceedings and scientific publications (Inspec updates its database weekly).
Just last year, in May 2006, Inspec’s founding organization, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE), merged with the Institution of Incorporate Engineers. Under this newly-named Institution of Engineering Technology, Inspec’s focus on nanotechnology will accelerate, observers say.
Mr. Howard M. Dess, the Physical Sciences Resource Librarian at Rutgers University (New Jersey), writing in Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, predicts Inspec’s nanotechnology data additions will grow from 400,000 new records per year to more than 550,000 records per year, driven largely by increased interest in nanotechnology and computational items.
Inspec - the premier source for Nanotechnology
One of the many benefits of nanoscience and nanotechnology is the prospect of reducing the quantity of raw materials needed in the manufacturing of goods. Current commercial applications include such diverse areas as scratch resistant paints, self- sterilising surfaces and high-performance hard drives for computers. Applications in development include miniature diagnostic medical devices, quantum dots and quantum wells for solid-state lasers.
The Inspec database introduced a specific Thesaurus term for nanotechnology in 1993 and since then over 11000 records have been indexed under this broad term alone! Figure 1 shows the 2005 Inspec Thesaurus entry for nanotechnology with details of available narrower terms, related terms and suggested Inspec Classification Codes. Inspec staff always index and classify a document at the most specific level. Many Inspec Vendor systems with an online version of the Inspec Thesaurus offer an “explode” feature whereby all of the narrower terms to the “exploded” thesaurus term are automatically searched without the searcher needing to key in each term separately or needing to check each in turn.
A reclassified Inspec database is available to Inspec Vendors with all relevant records back to 1969 automatically classified with manufacturing and production engineering codes, known as Section E Inspec Classification Code E3644T can be used to search for Nanotechnology Industry, and E1520P for Nanofabrication. However, there are many specific classification codes in the other four sections of the Inspec database such as:
|A6146||Structure of solid clusters, nanoparticles & nanostructure materials|
|A8116||Scanning tunneling microscopy & related techniques|
|A8783||Nanotechnology applications in medicine|
|B2550N||Nanometre-scale semiconductor fabrication technology.|
- APPLIED SURFACE SCIENCE
- CARBON CERAMIC ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE PROCEEDINGS
- CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS
- CHEMISTRY OF MATERIALS
- DIAMOND AND RELATED MATERIALS
- DIFFUSION AND DEFECT DATA PART B
- IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MAGNETICS
- IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON NANOTECHNOLOGY
- JAPANESE JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS
- JOURNAL OF ALLOYS AND COMPOUNDS
- JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE
- JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS
- JOURNAL OF MATERIALS RESEARCH
- JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE
- JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY
- JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B
- JOURNAL OF PHYSICS: CONDENSED MATTER
- JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CERAMIC SOCIETY
- JOURNAL OF THE EUROPEAN CERAMIC SOCIETY
- JOURNAL OF VACUUM SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY B
- KEY ENGINEERING MATERIALS
- MATERIALS CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS
- MATERIALS LETTERS
- MATERIALS RESEARCH BULLETIN
- MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING A
- MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING B
- MATERIALS SCIENCE FORUM
- MATERIALS TRANSACTIONS
- MICROELECTRONIC ENGINEERING
- MICRONANOELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY
- MICROSCOPY AND MICROANALYSIS
- NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH
- PHYSICA B
- PHYSICA E
- PHYSICA STATUS SOLIDI A
- PHYSICA STATUS SOLIDI C
- PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS
- SCRIPTA MATERIALIA
- SOLID STATE COMMUNICATIONS
- IEE PROCEEDINGS - NANOBIOTECHNOLOGY
Inspec records are currently selected from over 3400 journal titles plus over 3000 other publications. These “other” publications include conference proceedings and the individual conference papers, books plus book chapters, reports plus report sections and dissertations. Figure 2 shows a list of the most relevant journal titles abstracted by Inspec on Nanotechnology or Nanostructured Materials.
Current Awareness Searches
Finally, to keep abreast of all the new developments and issues surrounding nanoscience and nanotechnology, set up a Current Awareness search (an Alert, saved search or SDI (selective dissemination of Information)) within Inspec to monitor new materials or new applications, risk analysis or government policies, and use the Inspec Vendor’s statistical analysis feature to identify key nanotechnology organisations and individuals that produce the greatest number of publications in the subject.
- The European Commission’s Nanotechnology website:
- European Commission Communication Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology:
- The Institute of Physics Nanoweb site:
- The IEE Professional Network for Microsystems & Nanotechnology:
- Nanoscience and Nanotechnologies: Opportunities and Uncertainties July 2004 p5 Report published by The Royal Society & The Royal Academy of Engineering:
- The future of nanotechnology. August 2004: