Not a big smile from CSA’s Diane Hoffman as the shutter clicked, but a lot of excitement in her voice as she gave me a preview of CSA Illustrata, which is due to launch early in 2007.
Illustrata will provide researchers with the ability to do something they could never do before with scientific papers, namely, search the figures, illustrations, and pictures for information and data of interest.
Carol Tenopir (University of Tennessee) has published a paper (free for registration) on the initial beta test conducted among researchers. Based on that test, said Hoffman, the service has been redesigned and is now being tested by information professionals.
Illustrata will feature full search capabilities, retrieval of abstracts and index terms, and, thumbnail pictures of all the figures and photos. Click on a figure and it displays as a full image. Each image will be linked to the full text so that it can be considered in the proper context of the research article.
Diane called it "the first new innovation in indexing since ISI’s development of science citation indexing."
I was dazzled by the demo I saw. Watch for the public release of Illustrata in 1Q07 and see for yourself.
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