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What Is It? System Requirements? Who Can Benefit?
What Does It Do? How Does It Work?

What is VantagePoint Student Edition?

VantagePoint Student Edition is a powerful text-mining and visualization tool for discovering knowledge in search results from science literature and other field-structured text databases.

VP Student Edition can analyze up to 5,000 records from CSA, Ebscohost, EiVillage, ISI WoK, Ovid, PubMed, ScopusNSF awards, USPTO, or your own Excel or Access database.

Each annual subscription to VP Student Edition includes:

  1. Membership to VP Institute, an online community of VP Student Edition users. It is a resource for collaboration, training, tech support, and circulation of research results and case studies. Subscribers may connect to VP Institute from the links within a registered copy of VP Student Edition,or directly at www.vpinstitute.org.
  2. Access to IISC PatStat (free for a limited time), a source of EPO worldwide patent data formatted for import into VP Student Edition

VP Student Edition is a one-year license available to students and faculty of accredited academic institutions in Canada, USA, and Europe for academic use only. Appropriate academic use is defined as and is limited to use within a course curriculum and/or for research resulting in open publication of results contributing to the public research knowledge base (e.g. journal articles and conference papers).  When appropriate, acknowledgement of the use of VantagePoint is appreciated. Use of VP Student Edition outside of these conditions requires a commercial license.

Based on technology developed at a major US research university, used at leading universities globally, and cited in over 100 journal articles, VantagePoint is a market leader in text analysis software.

Inquiries as to whether VP Student Edition is available for your academic institution can be sent to student_edition@vpinstitute.org.

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What are the system requirements?

Operating Systems – VP Student Edition works on Windows XP (SP2), Vista, and Windows 7 platforms. While not a requirement, some of our Visual Basic scripts require Microsoft Excel (2003 or later) and Java. Recommended Processor – Pentium 4 or better.  The faster the processor, the better the performance. The minimum recommended operating RAM is 2 GB.

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Who can benefit from VP Student Edition?

Text-mining with visualization analyzes large volumes of text-based information to quickly find critical patterns and clarify relationships. Students in fields of Technology Management, Business Intelligence, Public Policy, Scientometrics, and Information Science among others can uncover key trends and indicators inherent in science and technology literature datasets.

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What can you do with VP Student Edition?

Mining bibliographic information can uncover many insights, including:

  • Knowledge Networkswho is doing what with whom and where.
  • Trends – scientific activity changes over time
  • Organizational Strengths Centers of excellence in a scientific field

Knowledge Networkswho is doing what with whom and where.

Trends – scientific activity changes over time

Organizational Strengths Centers of excellence in a scientific field

Present -Reduce large collections of information into integrated presentations.

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How Does It Work?

VP Student Edition has five key capabilities.

Importing– getting the raw data into VantagePoint and mining the raw data to get more data from it.

Cleaning – transforming the data into a consistent set, combining the things that you want to analyze as a group, and merging and normalizing data from diverse sources.

Analyzing – investigating and visualizing your data in a variety of ways

Reporting– preparing to communicate your results

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