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Embase: Under the hood in 10 mins at MLA 2012

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It is a daunting task to try and explain the value of Embase and all its features in only 10 minutes, but our Product Manager, Daan De Jong, rose to the challenge and in case you missed any of his …

It is a daunting task to try and explain the value of Embase and all its features in only 10 minutes, but our Product Manager, Daan De Jong, rose to the challenge and in case you missed any of his sessions, we’d like to share them with you. This one dives in to look at content and indexing.


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  • Embase has been around for a while; Technically Embase started roughly 60 years ago, as the ExcerptaMedica Abstract Journals in 1947. - With 50 abstract journals, that contained Emtree (taxonomy) indexing; The first major milestone was back in 1974, when the database of those abstract journals was made available digitally through, what was at the time: Lockheed Dialog. Over the years many platforms that provide access to Embase have come an gone, and currently it’s available on OvidSP, Proquest Dialog, STN, Ebsco, amongst others. Roughly 11 years ago Elsevier developed it’s own platform: embase.com, which has an interface specifically tailored for the embase dbase, indexing and taxonomy, with special attention to subheadings, deduplication at the source and conferences. New developments? Increased taxonomy and Embase API; existing customers can get access to that API for free. This presentation is meant for both Embase.com users as well as vendor customers!
  • Our more international coverage is true; yes we have more European, Asian and Latin American content, but not at a cost of our North American coverage; Roughly 2700 N-American journals in Embase; 2500 in Medline.
  • Our coverage is pretty similar to Medline, percentage wise, but clearly deviates on two topic areas; Pharmacology & Toxicology and General Clinical Medicine;
  • We track our currency for a selection of journals, just to make sure that we stay ahead of the game.
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    • 1. BLITS:Getting the Bestfrom Embase: ‘UNDER THE HOOD’EMBASE.com Key insights in (less) than 10 minutes...
    • 2. Before we start...our history, heritage and future Embase has been around for a while, but still evolving... 2
    • 3. Step 1: Gathering resources...from different locations More international focus? YES, but not at the cost of our N-American coverage...! 3
    • 4. ...and from different disciplines and topic areas Where’s the difference with Medline? It’s in Pharmacology & Toxicology (+400 journals) & General Clinical Medicine (+300 journals) Other topics 28% 4
    • 5. Step 2: Adding a taxonomy (Emtree) to the mix... 5
    • 6. Step 3: Processing and indexing our records... Articles Journal issue (pre-pub) (published) (160K records) (300K records) <1 week <2 weeks update update Articles in In process Fully indexed Press (AiPs) records (IPs) <1 week records 1m records 260K records 420K records Deduplication MEDLINE + conversion (>700K records) articles <1 week single step 250K records Journal (supp.) Conference (published) abstracts 6
    • 7. Step 4: Tracking our quality and currency... We track Embase performance in terms of quality and speed... 7
    • 8. Step 5: Shipping Embase... Access Embase through any vendor, Embase.com, or our API... topics 28% Other 8
    • 9. Want to learn more...? 1. Subscribe to our Monthly newsletter at http://www.embase.com/info/newsletter! 2. Go to embase.com/info 3. Or contact us now at http://www.embase.com/info/contact-us! 9