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New Knovel Interface

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

Publication Date

June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



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ELD Poster Session

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Engineering Libraries

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15.916.1 - 15.916.15

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Sasha Gurke Knovel Corporation

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Sasha Gurke is Sr. Vice President of Knovel Corp. He was one of the co-founders of Knovel in 1999, having joined a predecessor company in 1996 as VP Product Development. In this position, Sasha has led the development of Knovel award-winning e-book library, focusing on product development, functional design, information architecture, search logic and production.

Prior to Knovel, Sasha spent 15 years with Chemical Abstract Service/American Chemical Society in Product Development and Editorial.

Sasha is a trained Chemist and Process Engineer with years of industrial and lab experience. His major contribution to Knovel’s success was application of this experience in the development of information products for applied scientists and engineers.

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New Knovel Interface


In the past year Knovel interface has undergone several facelifts and some more serious changes. This paper discusses user centric approach to design and implementation of new graphic user interface. New features, including Knovel Lab, Data Search, autocomplete, spell checker, browse interface, My Knovel and Knovel Math are discussed. Current work and plans for the future enhancements, including expansion of content coverage, are discussed as well.

What’s New at Knovel? First a brief overview of Knovel for those who are not familiar with this award-winning, Web-based library of e-references (e-books and databases) for applied scientists and engineers.

Knovel adds value to e-books by making them interactive. Interactive book tools include tables, graphs and equations. There are several interactive tools, including:

- Graph Digitizer for digitizing graphs displayed as calibrated raster images stored in Knovel database - Graph Plotter for plotting graphs using X,Y coordinates stored in Knovel database - Equation Plotter for calculating and plotting functions F=Y(X) stored in Knovel database - Phase Diagram Viewer for determining phase composition of binary systems by digitizing diagrams displayed as calibrated raster images stored in Knovel database - Excel Spreadsheet for calculating equations programmed in Excel - Interactive Tables for sorting, filtering, etc. of tabular data stored in Knovel database - Knovel Math for calculating equations using PTC’s Mathcad software

Interactivity improves an engineer’s productivity by enhancing searchability and allowing analysis and manipulation of otherwise static data.

Starting in 2000, we have digitized over 2300 STM titles from over 30 publishers including industry leaders such as Elsevier, Wiley, McGraw-Hill and Springer, and 25 engineering societies, including ASME, IEEE and SAE. The topics range across 23 subject areas, including chemistry, mechanical engineering, electronics, oil and gas, sustainable development and construction materials. Many titles, e.g., in the chemical industry safety area, are unique to Knovel and cannot be found anywhere else.

In 2009, we introduced 3 new subject areas:

Industrial Engineering & Operation Management

Gurke, S. (2010, June), New Knovel Interface Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky.

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