Chemical Safety Research Portal available to test-drive " looking for feedback
For the past six months Deep Web Technologies has worked closely with Grace Baysinger, Head Librarian and Bibliographer of the Swain Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library at Stanford University, to develop a research portal that provides access to a wide collection of information sources focused on chemical safety. This portal uses federated search technology, the ability to search multiple sources at one time, which helps users find the information they need more effectively and efficiently. It is possible to view results visually, move to a particular resource in the search results, and to set up an alert to be notified when new information was published on a topic.
Moving soon from prototype to production, the Stanford University version of the chemical safety portal will be a collaborative effort between the Stanford University Libraries and Stanford Environmental Health and Safety. This portal has 60+ information sources that includes SDS/MSDS, safety data, syntheses and reactions databases, citation databases, full-text eBooks and eJournals, plus a number of Health & Environmental Safety (EH&S) websites. While the SDS/MSDS and safety data resources form the core of this collection, curated databases such as Organic Syntheses, Organic Reactions, Science of Synthesis, and the e-EROS (Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis) include protocols and safety information that is useful to bench chemists. eBooks and eJournals are full-text searchable, allowing researchers to find property and safety information in handbooks and methods and protocols in journal articles. EH&S websites from selected universities plus websites for the!
ACS Committee on Chemical Safety, ACS Division of Chemical Health and Safety, and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board will help users discover information such as training materials, standard operating procedures, and lessons learned.
At the ACS National Spring 2016 Meeting held in San Diego, Grace gave a presentation that was co-authored by colleagues from Stanford EH&S Unit on Using a chemical inventory system to optimize safe laboratory research in a Division of Chemical Health and Safety symposium. The first part of Grace"s presentation covers ChemTracker and the latter part (starting on slide 23) shows screen shots of the Stanford Chemical Safety Research Portal. Slide 24 has a list of the resources being searched in the Stanford portal.
A public version of the Chemical Safety Research Portal is available to test-drive at:
This public site searches a subset of the sources that are searched at the Stanford site as we are not able to search subscription sources through our public site. Please note that it is easy to customize our Chemical Safety Research Portal to search the specific sources, public and subscription that are needed by an organization that subscribes to Deep Web Technologies" Chemical Safety service.
Please test-drive our Explorit Everywhere! Chemical Safety Research Portal and give us feedback as to how useful you it is to be able to search a broad set of chemical safety resources at the same time. Be sure to register (not required to search) to use the Alerts and MyLibrary features. Did you find that the portal returned relevant results? What sources (subscription or public) would you add to make this portal even better? Do you have any other suggestions for improving the portal?
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