CCAS - Official Report From the Spring 2010 National Meeting in San Francisco

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(Joint with Council)
The Committee on Chemical Abstracts Service (CCAS) met in executive  session on March 19 and in open session jointly with the Joint  Board-Council Committee on Publications and the Division of Chemical  Information on March 22. CAS management reported on a number of  developments including the new release of SciFinder and 2009 database  milestones.


More than 10 million small molecules were added to the CAS Registry  in 2009, for a total of 51.3 million. More than 1.2 million publications  from journals, patents, and other sources were indexed in CA/CAplus,  bringing total indexed publications to more than 28.7 million, and  CAplus now has a total of 5.5 million indexed patents. CAS now covers 60  patent authorities with the addition of the Intellectual Property  Office of the Philippines in late 2009.


The spring 2010 SciFinder release will improve the scientist's  research experience in five specific areas: query entry (draw structures  more efficiently), search (create more precise reaction searches and  access an additional 13.6 million synthetic preparations with a single  reaction query), results display (access preferred chemical supplier  information more directly), results manipulation (work more easily with  combined answer sets), and post-processing (export results for reference  management software in .ris format and print PDF).


Members discussed the committee's mission and ways to improve the  flow of information from the society's members to CAS management as well  as providing information back to the ACS membership. The committee  agreed that the chair and CCAS members will take a more active role  within the open-meeting format. Mechanisms will be put in place by the  fall 2010 ACS meeting with the objective of improving communication and  will be reported at that time.


—Spiro D. Alexandratos, Chair


Source: Chemical and Engineering News Online, May 31, 2010, Volume 88, Number 22, ACS News - Web Exclusive