What is the purpose of Technology Navigator?
Technology Navigator is an online tool, developed by IEEE volunteers, which enables students, faculty and professionals in engineering, IT, and the sciences to discover engineering and IT content and events relevant to them, including conferences, publications, standards, education, and published articles.
What is its value?
The value of Technology Navigator provides users a single entry point for navigation to many IEEE resources that otherwise must be found in separate locations on the IEEE web site. This tool is of greatest value for anyone needing an orientation to the vast scope of IEEE resources.
What is the value of Tech Navigator to IEEE volunteers?
IEEE volunteers have the responsibility of planning and promoting technical activities, including conferences, publications, standards, and education. The Technology Navigator tool allows them to see the connections among specialty areas across the IEEE Technical Societies. Those planning programs can use the tool to identify new opportunities and foster collaboration across the various organization units throughout IEEE.
Why was this tool developed?
It provides a coordinated, easy, and user-friendly way for non-expert users to quickly find technical resources that could not be easily located through the IEEE web site or through IEEE Xplore.
How is the Technology Navigator organized?
The IEEE Technology Navigator contains tags and related tags that can be filtered across 14 industry sectors and across the disciplines represented by 48 IEEE Technical Societies, Councils and other organizations. The tags lead users to conferences, standards, periodicals, and Technical Societies. Users can also use tags to pull down citations of individual articles through IEEE Xplore.
Is the Technology Navigator a search tool?
The Technology Navigator is designed to allow users to browse in selecting key terms and finding IEEE resources. Although it allows users to pull down articles through an XML gateway to IEEE Xplore, it does not have the search functionality of IEEE Xplore and other databases available through the IEEE. At present, the Technology Navigator uses discrete tags for searching. Boolean searches are presently not possible.
What is the difference between searching and navigation?
When users search, they generally have an idea of what they are looking for and have search terms in mind. But when they are unsure or just want to explore, they can explore various resources to help them identify and define key terms. They can use contextual information to pinpoint what they seek.
Who developed this tool?
The IEEE Technical Activities Strategic Planning allocated funding for a tool that would enable IEEE volunteers to create tags and related tags, and to map these to IEEE resources. The tool was developed by Aptus Collaborative, a team of developers located in Providence, Rhode Island.
What kind of software was used to develop Technology Navigator?
Who populated the Technology Navigator
Many volunteers and staff members have been involved in developing and mapping tags.