CAS develops SciFinder®, the most trusted collection of chemical information used by leading pharmaceutical and chemical corporations to keep up to date on and leverage the latest advances in science. Chemisches Zentralblatt is the world’s oldest journal of German chemical abstracts from 1830 to 1969. Only available in German, the compendium was challenging to search. In 2016, CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society, introduced a new solution, ChemZentTM, developed in partnership with Iconic, unlocking 3 million abstracts of valuable, historical scientific information in English.
The original German hardback version of Chemisches Zentralblatt made it difficult to explore and identify foundational chemical information. Organisations were also missing access to the complete digital repository of the earliest chemistry history. To solve this, CAS turned to Iconic, tasking us with translation of the mammoth compendium from German into English for indexing and search.
HOW ICONIC HELPED
Iconic developed innovative machine learning technology to extend its existing Machine Translation (MT) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) solutions for the large-scale project.
Ultimately, this procured the digitisation of 800,000 pdfs, the translation of 3 million abstracts from German into English, and the extraction and fielding of abstracts by author and title.