The Obama administration has made alternative fuel research a key objective for the country. Researchers in the area of hydrogen fuel cell research therefore are faced with a plethora of peer reviewed publications that they must read to stay abreast of not only the latest publications but also historical publications that may be relevant to a current discovery.

SEMANTIC SEARCH REIGNITES HYDROGEN FUEL RESEARCH

Darrell W. Gunter

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The Obama administration has made alternative fuel research a key objective for the country. Researchers in the area of hydrogen fuel cell research therefore are faced with a plethora of peer reviewed publications that they must read to stay abreast of not only the latest publications but also historical publications that may be relevant to a current discovery.
Collexis Semantic Search Reignites Hydrogen Fuel Research

By Darrell W. Gunter, Collexis Holdings, Inc.


To achieve their multi-prong goal of being current in the research trends and to be able to access relevant articles, trends and concepts in hydrogen fuel research, researchers now require a tool that will allow them to conduct a search that is multi-dimensional and through the visualization of data, provides an enhanced view that allows them to derive knowledge and better support their research hypothesis.   

To help researchers effectively conduct multi-dimensional research, Collexis has created a new research tool for research specifically in hydrogen fuels.  Launched in February through a partnership with Thomson Reuters and The University of South Carolina, the Hydrogen Fuel Knowledge Dashboard provides the researcher with the Collexis proprietary semantic search and knowledge discovery technology.  This innovative research tool affords the researcher the capability of doing a deep dive in this area as they have a number of views and tools to enhance their search and knowledge discovery experience.   The Collexis Hydrogen Fuel Knowledge Dashboard provides the researcher access to 46,033 publications and 59,460 subject matter experts and provides users with key views such as concepts, publications, experts, institutions, journals, locations, trends and analysis.   

Using its proprietary technology, Collexis is able to aggregate large amounts of structured and unstructured data to create a digital Fingerprint that represents a visualization of weighted relevant concepts culled from the set of documents/ data.  Immediately the reader will be able to ascertain the key concepts and experts in the subject area.  Additionally the researcher is able to view Fingerprints of an institution’s experts, departments, subject areas, and other key elements. 

In other words, the Collexis Fingerprint is allowing the research community to go beyond the standard Boolean and abstract and indexing search and truly conduct a semantic knowledge discovery search to find those new areas of research that will lead to the opportunities in alternative fuels. 

How does it work?  The user conducts a view based on a key concept.  Within this view of the publication, based on the selected key concept, the user is able to determine which author is the leading expert of record based on the number of publications they have published and the number of citations their respective publications garnered.  Secondly, they can start their search based on the top experts in Hydrogen Fuels and then navigate through to determine the journals, locations, and key trends based on the experts.  They are also able to refine their search in any tab by adding or subtracting any concept, expert, journal and/or location. 

For example, if the researcher started with the concept hydrocarbon, he or she will see that it has been mentioned in 943 publications.  Further, they are provided a Fingerprint visualization of the key relevant concepts for Hydrocarbon.  From this point they can view the experts who have conducted this research.  Within the expert tab they are able to view the experts in three categories; currently active experts, experts with over 90 publications and all experts.  The researcher is then able to view the journals and locations for the publications where a specific concept, such as “hydrocarbon,” has been published. 

The researcher is also able to enhance their search and knowledge discovery experience by combining search terms to focus the search towards a specific topic.  Again, building on the search term “hydrocarbon” which is found in 943 publications, we can add in the concept solid-oxide fuel and -- by combining these two terms -- will now have narrowed the publications down to 94.  Again, the researcher is able to view the experts, journals and locations for this very specific research request. 

The journal tab provides the researcher with a view of the journals where the articles were published and it provides the user with the journal impact factor for each of the journals.  The location tab shows the researcher where the articles for the given search are generated.  This provides the researcher with a view of where the research is being conducted for a specific concept. 

The Collexis Hydrogen Fuel Knowledge Dashboard will no doubt enhance the way that researchers will conduct their daily research activities and begin to train them to use semantics to lead them to true knowledge discovery in hydrogen fuel research.  The promise of the semantic web is early but the Hydrogen Fuel Knowledge Dashboard helps researchers to take the first of many steps towards the development of the semantic web. 

To request a free trial, click on this link http://thomson.collexis.com/hydrogen/index.asp, and begin to explore the experts in Hydrogen Fuels.

The content & opinions in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent the views of AltEnergyMag

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