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March 14, 2008

Mtg: Research Techniques for the Consultant: Using the IEEE’s Xplore Database

by @ 3:18 pm. Filed under ALL, BioEngineering, Communications, Computers/Software, Electronics Design, Engineering Mgmt, Optics/Displays, Semiconductors

TUESDAY March 18
SCV Consultants’ Network of Silicon Valley
Speaker: Paul Wesling, VP-Publications, IEEE CPMT Society; Advisory Design Engineer, Hewlett Packard Corp (retired)
Time: Networking at 7:00 PM, followed by Presentation
Cost: none
Place: KeyPoint Credit Union, 2805 Bowers Avenue, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required

Consultants need to quickly understand previous technical developments and current difficulties associated with a proposed client project.? While some of this information can be obtained from specialists working for the client, and you may have considerable first-hand knowledge in the field, a full literature search can usually reveal details unknown to the client and lead to better recommendations and solutions.? Such facts may include which companies/labs are working on similar products, what techniques are proving suitable for production, which methods have been abandoned for reasons of cost or implementation difficulties, what IP is available for licensing, and which conferences and forums are covering details of the selected technology.

After a brief overview of IEEE’s journals in computing, communications, packaging and other technical areas, the presentation will demonstrate methods for using the IEEE’s on-line database of journal and conference papers for analysis of published results that can affect and influence the direction of development activities.? This includes how to access the 1.6 million items using XPLORE, some search and selection strategies, full-text versus abstracts searches, storing searches for re-use, and using Google Scholar. and Scitopia.? Specific recommendations for accessing the full papers will be made.?

Sharing a portfolio of relevant citations can support your work proposal and provide authority for your recommendations.? Maintaining access to IEEEĆ¢??s literature can be a key differentiating factor for your consulting business.

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