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Expert Publishing Adds dtSearch to Comprehensive Chemical Data Resource for the EH&S Community

“We really liked the speed of indexing and searching. The flexibility that dtSearch provides with respect to incremental index updates was critical in light of the very large volume of data we maintain, and the speed at which we integrate new information.”
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“With dtSearch, we were able to maintain the same data security in our portable media applications as we were on the Web.”
Expert Publishing, LLC (ExPub) provides comprehensive chemical hazard information for the global environmental, health, and safety (EH&S) community. With a database including nearly half a million unique chemical substances, ExPub products are a valuable resource for EH&S professionals seeking comprehensive chemical information needed to manage the impact of chemicals in the workplace and in the environment.

“Fast, reliable access is key to our user base,” explains Matt Timberlake, president, ExPub. “Our users include Hazmat/Emergency Response Personnel, toxicologists, industrial hygienists, physicians, product stewards, safety managers, and other risk assessment professionals. Customers rely on our databases for emergencies like responding to fires, spills, or chemical explosions, as well as more day-to-day needs like creating and maintaining healthy and compliant workplaces, MSDS authoring, product labeling, regulatory submissions, and developing site safety plans.”

To achieve the comprehensive search access that its customer base requires, ExPub chose dtSearch developer products to embed in its applications. “A chemical like benzene can have 30 different identifiers or synonyms,” says Mr. Timberlake. “What we've done is use dtSearch to expand searching so that all benzene documents are found using not only the exact word ‘benzene,’ but also all 30 synonyms as well.”

ExPub originally chose dtSearch Web with Spider for searching on the Web. “We really liked the speed of indexing and searching,” says Mr. Timberlake. “The flexibility that dtSearch provides with respect to incremental index updates was critical in light of the very large volume of data we maintain, and the speed at which we integrate new information.”

After trying dtSearch Web with Spider, ExPub then decided to try dtSearch Publish for publishing different segments of its data on portable media for customers requiring offline access. “Data security was critical to us in moving to portable media,” explains Mr. Timberlake. “With dtSearch, we were able to maintain the same data security in our portable media applications as we were on the Web.” ExPub also liked the fact that dtSearch could support medium-neutral user functionality. “With dtSearch, it was easy to integrate our Internet search functionality on portable media.” Adds Mr. Timberlake: “Our technical team appreciated the very high level of responsiveness we received from dtSearch developer support.”

For more information on ExPub’s chemical hazard information product line, pleaes call 1-866-MY-EXPUB or (720) 529-9366, or visit ExPub online at www.expub.com.
 
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