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23 Juni 2010Cobidoc Nieuwsbrief Juni 2010


Tips van de Helpdesk

Bijgevoegd bij deze nieuwsbrief treft u de eerste Tips van de Helpdesk. In deze editie bespreken we het zelf instellen van standaard displayformaten in databases en het gebruik hiervan in combinatie met de Patent Family Manager.

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WPIFV komt te vervallen

The Derwent World Patents Index First ViewSM (DWPI First ViewSM, file WPIFV) database will no longer be available after July 30, 2010. The final update (201040) will be made around June 25 and the file will then remain static until July 30, allowing users to retrieve any saved search results. During that period, users may see duplicate results between searches run on both DWPI and DWPI First View as we will no longer be removing records from DWPI First View when they are input into DWPI. Following the retirement, Thomson Reuters will continue to work on the remaining patents in the file, which will be loaded into DWPI as the value-added abstracts and indexing become available.

DWPI First View was launched in 2004 to provide faster access to data from new patents not yet available in the main DWPI database (Files WPINDEX, WPIDS and WPIX). In recent years, however, significant improvements have been made to the timeliness of DWPI. On average, records are now being loaded within 15 days of publication date. While the DWPI timeliness improvements greatly benefit users, they also impact the content and size of DWPI First View. The amount of time patent records are stored in DWPI First View has been considerably reduced, as well as the overall size of DWPI First View in terms of the number of patents in the file at any particular time. These factors have diminished the value of DWPI First View for customers.

The main DWPI database will not be affected by this change and records will continue to be produced as normal. Alert/SDI searches running in DWPI First View can be migrated to the main DWPI file to provide a continued alerting service.


Enhanced Batch Search Options in DGENE, USGENE and PCTGEN

As of June 21 2010, offline sequence searching is now available for exact sequence searches (GETSEQ) in the three sequence databases DGENE, USGENE and PCTGEN. This new search option is especially useful for nucleotide sequence searches which usually require more computational time than protein searches. Users can now run all sequence searches offline in all three sequence files using the batch search mode:

  • advanced similarity searches with RUN BLAST and RUN GETSIM
  • simple fragment and motif sequence searches with RUN GETSEQ

In addition, offline sequence searching has been enhanced with a new email notification option which allows users to see when batch search results are available for download. This is of great convenience when multiple batch searches have been initiated. Users can easily see when individual searches have been completed.

By the end of this week, the new batch search options will also be available for the sequence search assistant in STN® on the WebSM.


IPC codes toegevoegd aan INSPEC

Since January 2010 INSPEC (Information Service for Physics, Electronics, and Computing) , produced by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), has been mapping their indexing schemes to the International Patent Classification (IPC) scheme to assign IPC codes to relevant records.

The INSPEC implementation of IPC codes is a valuable tool for the prior art searcher, allowing the ready clustering of relevant non-patent literature within the same familiar code structure used for patents.

About 75% of INSPEC records contain IPC codes, and the average record with these codes has two assigned to it.

The IPC scheme and INSPEC do not cover exactly the same conceptual territory or approach. Consequently the level of precision of the IPC codes applied varies depending on the relationships between the schemes and specific subjects themselves.

Users are advised to check the available levels for their subject area of interest before a search. The list of IPC codes (including the various levels) that occur in INSPEC is available at:

IPC codes in the 2010 INSPEC data became available on STN on February 1, 2010. This has now been extended into the backfile from 1969-2009.

Please note, that IPC codes will not be mapped to the Archive data from 1898-1968.

The IPC codes are indexed and displayed in the search field /IPC. The standard STN IPC thesaurus is also available. Additionally the combinded code and text is indexed and displayed as bound phrase in the classification code (/CC) field. Single terms from the IPC text are also searchable.


Embase verrijkt met backfile data en CAS REGISTRY nummers

The EMBASE Classic backfile, covering records from 1947 through 1973, has been added to the EMBASE database on STN.

EMBASE Classic augments the 8.4 million records added to EMBASE earlier this year when the MEDLINE Uniques file segment was added to the database. The backfile contains 1.8 million records from 3,400 international biomedical and pharmacological publications from 1947 through 1973.

Get an exclusive bonus of 1.9 million CAS Registry Numbers
While other vendors' versions of EMBASE Classic provide access to substance information via CAS Registry Numbers, STN's implementation is superior. Using the Drug Descriptor Terms in EMBASE Classic records, CAS generated Registry Numbers for 480,000 records that lacked Registry Numbers altogether. Supplemental CAS Registry Numbers were supplied for another 180,000 records. Altogether, CAS added nearly 1.9 million CAS Registry Numbers to these 660,000 enhanced EMBASE Classic records!

You can use these CAS Registry Numbers to link the content of EMBASE Classic to the content of the most recent published literature covered in EMBASE and in more than 60 other STN databases containing CAS Registry Numbers.

Number of EMBASE records
The total number of records now available on STN from the three EMBASE file segments is 24 million.

File SegmentYears of CoverageNumber of Records
EMBASE1974 to present13.8 million
EMBASE MEDLINE Uniques1948 to present8.4 million
EMBASE Classic1947 to 19731.8 million
EMBASE1947 to present24.0 million total

More than 90% of EMBASE Classic records include abstracts. All records include updated index terms from EMTREE, EMBASE's unique life science thesaurus.

Why search EMBASE Classic?
You will find EMBASE Classic particularly useful when you need historical perspective on a biomedical topic, such as

  • the side effects and toxicity of a given drug reported over time
  • research on a drug whose development has resumed after a long period of abandonment
  • the investigation of new uses for old drugs
  • knowledge about diseases and disorders common in the past but rare today

STN gives you flexibility for searching each EMBASE file segment separately
CAS has introduced the following changes to EMBASE so that you can include or exclude EMBASE Classic data from your answer sets:


  • A new file segment, CLASSIC/FS, has been created for retrieving EMBASE Classic records. Use this segment in combination with other search terms:

    (e.g., search prednisone and CLASSIC/FS)
    Limits your retrieval to EMBASE Classic records

    (e.g., search poliomyelitis not CLASSIC/FS)
    Excludes EMBASE Classic data from your answer set


  • New values for SET RANGE are now available:

    Limits your retrieval to include only the EMBASE Classic subset

    Limits your retrieval to include EMBASE records (traditional records from 1974 to the present) as well as EMBASE Classic records, but not records from the recently added MEDLINE Uniques subset

    These new values for SET RANGE are available in addition to the following (recently introduced for the MEDLINE Uniques enhancement):

    Limits your retrieval to include records from the MEDLINE Uniques subset only

    Excludes records from the MEDLINE Uniques subset

    These SET RANGE values cannot be used in multifile searches and can be overridden by SET RANGE=ALL.


INPADOCDB nieuwe ICO codes en Legal status Portugese publicaties verrijkt

the EPO published a newsflash about the new Y02 ICO-codes covering patent publications in the area of sustainable energy technologies:

The EPO also informed us that the legal status coverage for Portuguese patent publications will be enhanced:



Hieronder vindt u het cursusoverzicht voor 2010. Voor meer informatie verwijzen wij u naar onze website: of klik op de links hieronder om u direct in te schrijven.

24 Jun 201010:00 - 14:00STN Intermediate
6 Sep 201010:00 - 16:00STN Basics
8 Sep 201010:00 - 14:00SciFinder Basics
23 Sep 201010:00 - 14:00STN Intermediate
6 Okt 201010:00 - 10:00STN Basics
12 Okt 201010:00 - 14:00SciFinder Basics
14 Okt 201010:00 - 14:00STN Intermediate
8 Nov 201010:00 - 14:00SciFinder Basics
16 Nov 201010:00 - 16:00STN Basics
23 Nov 201010:00 - 14:00STN Intermediate

De meer gespecialiseerde cursussen, worden op aanvraag georganiseerd. U hoeft dan bijvoorbeeld niet meer enkele maanden te wachten totdat de cursus weer aan de beurt is. U kunt een datum afspreken, die u het beste uit komt. Neemt u hiervoor contact op met de Cobidoc helpdesk (020-6880333 of Een overzicht van de gespecialiseerde cursussen vindt u hieronder.


Advanced Structure Searching in CAS REGISTRYIntroduction to DWPI
Advanced Subject Searching in CAPLUSIntroduction to INPADOCDB + INPAFAMDB
Advanced Text Searching in the CAS REGISTRY FileMarkush Searching in the Patent Literature
Analysis and Visualization with STN AnaVistMEDLINE Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
Basic Patent SearchingPatent Family and Legal Status Searching
Basic Subject Searching in CAPLUSPolymer Searching
Basic Substance SearchingProperty Searching in CAS REGISTRY
BEILSTEINReaction Searching in CASREACT
Biotechnology Searching on STNSearching Full-Text Patent Files + STN Viewer
CAS RolesSequence Searching
Citation SearchingStructure Searching in the CAS REGISTRY File
Dealing with Large Answer SetsThe Virtual File


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