Engineering Village and RSS

The folks who run Engineering Village sent out a press release today, announcing that Engineering Village 2 now offers customized RSS feeds to subscribers. According to the release (at this writing, not available on their web site), “Subscribers are now able to define their own searches against comprehensive engineering databases including Compendex(r) and Inspec(r), and receive results delivered directly via RSS.” This brings EI up to where many other major providers have already arrived.
However, a nice additional feature they have added is a tool to create an HTML code from an article in their database that can be inserted into a blog:

The introduction of RSS feeds to EV2 expands upon the platform’s integration of the newest technologies to support engineering researchers with effective tools not commonly offered by traditional A&I services. Recognizing the potential of weblogs or blogs in the research process Engineering Village 2 is also offering a new “Blog this” feature supporting researchers in posting references to Engineering Village 2 documents to their personal blogs. Once researchers identify article references of interest, Engineering Village 2 will automatically generate HTML code to be pasted into a blog and contains a direct link to the referenced document. “Blog this” was created to support the growing number of engineering researchers using blogs as web based communication tools.

This new too, live today, generates the necessary code to link to an article — and a small EI2 image. The URL to the article is not an OpenURL, however. That would be a nice feature to offer customers who access articles through site-licensed organizations. If they know who you are when you find the citation, they should generate the URL with that organization’s resolver in place. But a great start, nonetheless.