The online tool for browsing through IEEE’s vast collection of technical resources just got a vastly improved look to make it easier to find information, with additional ways to home in on the content you’re seeking.
Launched in 2010, IEEE Technology Navigator (TechNav) lets users review IEEE’s intellectual property resources, which include more than 8600 topics. The information is organized by key terms, or tags, which are words or phrases that can be used for searching. TechNav tags are generally terms that are based on search terms from the IEEE Xplore digital library’s thesaurus. They are mapped to more than 50 IEEE societies and organizational units, as well as to industry sectors.
“This is a great research and informational resource tool, especially for those outside the United States,” says Kathy Grise, senior technology manager with the IEEE Future Directions group, in Piscataway, N.J., which manages TechNav. An analysis of the website’s traffic during the fourth quarter of 2011 showed that researchers from India were the most frequent visitors, Grise notes.
The redesigned home page presents the topic areas in a less cluttered, more streamlined way. They can be navigated by industry topic (such as education, health care, or transportation) or by IEEE organization (like the IEEE Standards Association or IEEE Member and Geographic Activities). Topics can be displayed, using a drop-down menu, by alphabetical order or related fields. A search feature that relies on key words can narrow the topic further.
You can sift through content in several new ways. Hovering your mouse over a topic area triggers a pop-up window that displays the number of tags associated with that area. For example, hovering over Artificial Intelligence shows it has 12 tags. To find what those tags are, click on the More Details link. Then, clicking on one of the tags brings you to a page with clickable tabs to related industry topics and IEEE organizations, technical societies, conferences, publications, standards, and educational information, as well as the IEEE Xplore digital library. Displayed next to each of the categories is the number of pieces of related content.
Recently, the display tabs were redesigned to help maneuver through additional informational resources. They include related patents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. You can see the individual patent’s name and number, date of filing, and a brief description. Click on the patent’s name to get more details.
Coming soon, Grise says, is a new tab listing openings from the IEEE Job Site. Also coming is a tab displaying the names of IEEE members in the IEEE Xplore digital library who have written on the topic at hand.
In addition, a mobile-friendly version of TechNav was released that works on all mobile devices including smartphones and tablet computers.