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New STN? AnaVist Provides Unique Insights into Trends and Patterns in Scientific and Patent information

Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) and FIZ Karlsruhe announce new, powerful A&V software to analyze and visualize online search results for better decision making.

CAS and FIZ Karlsruhe have announced the release of new software, STN® AnaVist, that will give information professionals a variety of ways to analyze and view information found in scientific literature and patents, giving them greater value from search results and better support for critical business decisions. The co-operators of the STN network made the announcement during the DGI-Online meeting in Frankfurt/Main, Germany (May 23 - May 25) and the PIUG annual meeting in Alexandria, VA (May 21 - May 26). STN InternationalSM is the premier online service for science and technology, offering a collection of more than 220 high-quality online databases. STN is currently used by thousands of organizations worldwide. Capabilities available in STN® AnaVist, to be released this summer, were developed in response to the expressed needs of information professionals for advanced tools to help them analyze search results from scientific literature and patent databases and visualize patterns and trends in the research landscape. Now, searchers will be able to assimilate and present information more effectively to support competitive intelligence, research & development strategy and management decision-making. "STN® AnaVist creates an interactive workspace to interpret patent and research data in new and innovative ways. It allows users to identify relationships between the data. The features enhance views on developments in research and technology thus providing most valuable information for business critical decisions, says Sabine Brünger-Weilandt, Managing Director and CEO of FIZ Karlsruhe. "Through pictures and landscapes, based on the traditional research results, our users will gain exciting new perspectives and insights a new vista of scientific knowledge. "The information challenge of the 21st century is not information access, but information utilization. STN AnaVist is an important first step from the STN partnership to bring new technologies to bear on this challenge, said CAS President Robert J. Massie. "Using results from CAS databases and others on STN, information users will now be able to view the competitive landscape, visualize where research is headingreceive a much greater return on their investment in information. Key features of STN AnaVist include:,- Analysis of information from three leading scientific resources: CAS' CAplus database of scientific literature and patent information and the USPATFULL and PCTFULL patent databases containing the full text of U.S. and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patents;,- An interactive workspace displaying a range of data visualizations, dynamically integrated, including cluster and contour maps, histograms, and co-occurrence matrices;,- Harmonization and standardization of data prior to visualization using algorithms based on intellectual data analysis; ,- A data grouping feature that helps to minimize scattering of results by permitting editing and customizing data elements across the databases;,- Flexible tools for deeper analysis of data subsets;,- Two options for creating results for analysis:,- Integrated concept search capability within STN® AnaVist,- Import of search results into STN AnaVist from the popular , STN Express® software. All of these powerful options for data analysis are available in a modern, easy-to-use interface. For further information please contact: FIZ Karlsruhe, STN Europe, P.O. Box 2465, 76012 Karlsruhe, Germany,Phone: +49-7247-808-555,Fax: ,+49-7247-808-259,E-mail:, Press contact:,FIZ Karlsruhe: Rüdiger Mack ,Phone: +49-7247-808-513,Fax: +49-7247-808-136,E-mail:,CAS: Eric Shively, Tel: +1 614 447 3847,E-mail: Eshively@cas.orgSTN International is the premier online service for science and technology, offering a collection of more than 220 databases. The service is provided jointly through a North American service center, operated by CAS in Columbus, Ohio; a European service center, operated by FIZ Karlsruhe in Karlsruhe, Germany; and a Japanese service center, operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency in Tokyo. An international scientific service institution, FIZ Karlsruhe is dedicated to providing information services and solutions for both information management and scholarly communication. For almost three decades, FIZ Karlsruhe has been offering its high-quality, value-added information services to scientists from all over the world involved in academic and industrial R&D, as well as to decision makers in business and administration. In cooperation with national and international institutions, FIZ Karlsruhe produces and provides databases in various fields of science and technology, including the most distinguished patent files. Its main business area is STN International (The Scientific & Technical Information Network). The FIZ Karlsruhe Web site is at CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, is an organization of scientists creating and delivering the most complete and effective digital information environment for scientific research and discovery. CAS provides pathways to published research in the world's journal and patent literaturevirtually everything relevant to chemistry plus a wealth of information in the life sciences and a wide range of other scientific disciplinesback to the beginning of the twentieth century. In addition to offering STN? in North America, CAS publishes the print version of Chemical Abstracts (CA), related publications and CD-ROM services; operates the CAS Chemical Registry; produces a family of online databases; and offers the SciFinder? desktop research tool. The CAS Web site is at