Online Searching on Your Blackberry!

In recognition of the growing trend towards retrieval of information anytime, anywhere, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) today announced CAS Mobile, allowing searching of their massive database of chemical information from handheld devices. This is a significant move because CAS is one of the “traditional” information retrieval services and as far as I know, it is the first one to move into mobile information retrieval.

Users of CAS Mobile can search not only bibliographic data, but chemical substructures as well. In the photo below, Eileen Shanbrom of CAS introduces the product. Two sample results screens on a Blackberry are also shown. I asked Eileen who the target market for CAS Mobile is and what devices are supported. Here, live from the exhibit hall floor, is what she said.

This is an exciting development, and I look forward to further information services moving into this space.

Don Hawkins
Columnist, Information Today

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