Archive for July, 2008

Deep Indexing for tables, figures graphs, charts

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

CSA Illustrata: Technology offers deep indexing for tables, figures, graphs, charts and other illustrations from the scholarly research and technical literature.

“Deep indexing” categorizes data, variables and other content represented in tables, maps, photographs and other figures. Usually, indexing of research articles is done at a rather high, general level where only the key concepts of the work are represented by a dozen or so index terms. But by going deeper and specifically indexing the content associated with all the individual tables and figures, CSA Illustrata enables the researcher to find information that otherwise would not be retrievable in traditional, article-level and full-text indexing systems.

Search results — the objects — can be viewed along with the caption, author, and source information and additional index terms that can be used for further searching. A link is provided to the full-text documents when available, and a link back to the parent record provides a summary view of all the objects associated with that article. In most instances, the article abstract is displayed. The visualization of data and the interdisciplinary nature of CSA Illustrata: Technology can also lead to unexpected discoveries or connections between seemingly disparate findings.

sample record from CSA Illustrata database.

Excerpted from Database Factsheet.

DOE Data Explorer

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

From Jannean Elliott on OSTIBlog <>


If you’re ready to discover data, then OSTI’s newest product is ready for
you! The DOE Data Explorer (DDE) <> is a
unique tool that identifies collections of Department of Energy sponsored
numeric files, figures and data plots, multimedia and images, computer
simulations, specialized databases, and interactive data maps. Browse,
run a quick search, or advanced search, then click a link to results.
You’ll be amazed at the data you can freely see and use, the highly
specialized interfaces developed by the owners of the data that will help
you delve deeper into their collections, and the software toolkits that
allow you to manipulate, compare, visualize, download, and re-use the


The DOE Data Explorer will guide you to data collections at national
laboratories, data centers, scientific user facilities, colleges and
universities …and across all of the science areas with DOE involvement.
The DOE Data Explorer development team sifted through hundreds of these
websites so that you would not have to, selecting each collection for
inclusion according to strict criteria.


The Department of Energy has several data centers
<> that provide excellent
collections and expert services. Each of these centers specializes in
data belonging to a specific subject area or scientific discipline. The
DOE Data Explorer will help you find those centers and their collections.
However, its unique usefulness is in helping you find the collections
that are NOT in a data center. In addition, what if you want to do
cross-disciplinary research? Or what if you don’t even know what data
might be out there or what discipline it might belong to? You need a data
discovery tool that will allow you to see ALL of DOE’s data – regardless
of scientific discipline, regardless of format, and, even, regardless of
where the data collection resides. The DOE Data Explorer can do that.