Webinar Replay: Three Ways of Looking at the Global Engineering Landscape

Library Resources | Tim Aitken| May 12, 2020

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Inspec Analytics helps research directors, senior faculty, information professionals and researchers evaluate engineering research.

Is your university looking to understand published engineering output in order to support the research, identify research opportunities or identify collaborators? Tim Aitken, Senior Product Manager for Inspec at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET), recently presented Three Ways of Looking at the Global Engineering Landscape, a Library Journal webinar sponsored by EBSCO and The IET. Tim looks at engineering research from three perspectives:

  1. Research Directors and Senior Faculty
    Research directors and senior faculty need to look at their institution’s published engineering output for strategic planning purposes and to assess impact.
     
  2. Information Professionals
    Identifying quality resources to support the institution’s research is a perennial challenge for information professionals.
     
  3. Researchers
    The researcher is blending discovery, research and analysis and may be looking for opportunities to collaborate, surveying journals in their field, seeking authors to follow and trying to uncover funding opportunities.

The IET’s vision is to “share knowledge that helps make better sense of the world in order to solve the challenges that matter.”

The Role of Scholarly Societies

The IET has found that scholarly societies are “identified as potential partners in a changing world of discourse.” The IET’s vision is to “share knowledge that helps make better sense of the world in order to solve the challenges that matter.”

Having classified published engineering literature for fifty years, The IET was uniquely positioned to develop new ways to look at the world’s engineering literature. Inspec covers more then 28,000 organizations, 3,500 subject classifications and 9,900 control terms.

Inspec Analytics

Enter Inspec Analytics — a simple but sophisticated tool that uses the content within Inspec to enable:

  • The Research Director to identify areas of strength and weakness for the institution to a very granular level, spot collaborators and identify “white spaces” — those areas of opportunity where no one is publishing
  • The information professional to identify the best cited resources in order to develop the institution’s collection and understand areas that are trending
  • Researchers to identify top organisations & authors, publications, related subjects & keywords for more detailed document searches and subject analyses so they can match their own specialities to identify where their research would be most impactful

Watch the webinar to learn how to assess your institution’s engineering impact using Inspec and Inspec Analytics. Inspec Analytics is available to those institutions who subscribe to Inspec through EBSCO.

Watch Webinar

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Tim Aitken
Senior Product Manager for Inspec

Tim joined the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2016 as Product Manager of Inspec, having worked in scientific data management for over 15 years. Tim studied Chemistry & Computing from Brighton University, and began work as a software developer, developing algorithms and applications to model the behaviour of druglike molecules in the human body. After this, Tim worked for several scientific software and database companies, supporting and training customers working in pharmaceutical and chemical research, before moving into experimental data management and research workflow solutions, specialising in scientific data visualization and query applications.  

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