Online community for engineers, technical buyers allies with publishers to offer access to technical proprietary research and reference content
Troy, NY — September 30, 2005 — GlobalSpec, a search engine and online community for engineers and technical buyers, has announced it is further expanding its content offering to users by indexing a range of proprietary research and reference content from some of the world's leading technical publishers. The initiative, according to GlobalSpec, is meant to enhance The Engineering Web, which is GlobalSpec's vertical search engine consisting of more than 200 million pages of technical information.
Content being indexed includes documents from organizations such as publishing company John Wiley & Sons Inc., the IEEE and Knovel, among others. The indexing is expected to enable the engineers and technical professionals who visit GlobalSpec each month to find appropriate resources and conduct searches of editorial content, including conference proceedings, reference materials, research papers and magazine articles.
"By giving our user communities immediate access to these important research and reference materials, GlobalSpec has created a more purposeful site," said Scott Virkler, Vice President of Business Development for GlobalSpec. "The expansion of our content offering to include these materials satisfies a collective need among GlobalSpec's users for very specific technical research."
The agreement between GlobalSpec and Wiley allows for the indexing of journals and major reference works, including technical encyclopedias and handbooks, with future plans for technical books.
Through its relationship with the IEEE, GlobalSpec is currently indexing a proprietary feed of over one million technical documents, including journal articles and conference proceedings. The non-profit association publishes over 120 journals and nearly 400 annual conference proceedings in the areas of electrical and electronics engineering and computer science.
Additionally, more than 700 interactive and keyword-rich engineering reference books will be indexed through GlobalSpec's agreement with Knovel.
"This indexing of important research and reference works further illustrates the power of vertical search in bringing targeted information resources to the engineering community," said Leigh Watson Healy, Chief Analyst for Outsell, a research and advisory firm for the information industry. "Accessing research and reference materials on a given topic is a necessary part of the day-to-day activities of engineers and other technical users. With mounting competitive pressures within the research and design community, it is even more important that these professionals have a resource like GlobalSpec where they can access content that specifically meets their career-related needs, without having to waste their time pouring through the information clutter on consumer-centric search engines."