R & D
Our most recent development is GLACER database - the database of ceramics and glasses, their properties and synthesis. Only substances with experimentally supported data are included into the database.
What are the registered objects for that database? They are ceramics, inorganic glasses, glass-ceramics, cermets and composites of the above mentioned substances.
For the specially-designed registration system only fully defined composition for every substance is possible, without any variable indices or variable coefficients. The additional attributes of a ceramics like space group, mineral names, crystal system, lattice centering, formula type, modification, and others are also registered. If a substance is not comprised by the single phase then phase composition is also entered.
It is well-known that the synthesis way has a great impact on the properties of the ceramic substances obtained. Therefore the special reference is created from the properties of the substance to the synthesis way if applicable.
The focus of the GLACER database are numerical data and plots of physical properties. More than 80 different types of numerical data for properties are included into the database, all of them are searchable. Every parameter has associated measurement conditions like temperature, wavelength, frequency and others. Additionally all possible other physical properties of the ceramic substances are included in qualitative manner too and being demonstrated in the search result.
Many plots from the literature are digitized and stored in the database. The digitized plots are interactive and show real values nearby the mouse cursor. Those data are fully searchable and in many cases even better readable than in the original literature version.
The flowchart model was selected for the visualization of synthesis. Starting materials are interactive on clicking. The synthesis conditions like temperature, pressure, time and pH are stored as numerical data in the database. Not only chemical but of course all physical treatment steps are described too.
The propagation feature for the new numerical data is also applied additionally in the GLACER platform. In total it is possible to have in several dozens times more data points than in the original literature source. It is also planned to enhance this function by the prediction of new data using empirical and other equations.
Among the other innovative developments we have:
- Automated Indexing System for the high- ranked journals in Material Sciences;
- Comprehensive controlled vocabulary including headings and cross-reference relationships constructed from multiple subject-specific thesauri;
- Software Tools to verify the correctness of Data Indexing;
- Software Tools to check abstracted chemical structures.
These are just a few examples of our developments which could help you to construct the technology for the reasonable solution. By placing customers at the core of our business, we have tapped their ingenuity to assist us in the developing of high quality products and services. From this prospect we continue working with our customers to identify new challenges and to combine modern information technologies with representative set of literature data to meet the information needs of academic institutions and information professionals.