Tuesday, October 29, 2013

[visionlist] RAST for Neuroscience 2013, San Diego, Nov. 9 - 13

Dear all,

Apologies if you have received multiple copies.

I am please to announce the Related Abstract Search Tool (RAST) for
Neuroscience 2013 (SfN2013)!

The RAST was developed by the former Laboratory for Neuroinformatics at
RIKEN Brain Science Institute. The lab has been closed, but I'm glad
the tool could have been made available this year again!
The RAST for Neuroscience 2013 (SfN2013) can be accessed at


For mobile devices such as iPad,iPhone,and Android based tablets
and smartphones, a web application is available at:


Since this is a web application, all you need is a web browser.

The RAST allows you to search not only by providing keyword(s), but
also by selecting one or multiple abstracts which you are interested
in to search for its related abstracts. This feature may provide
results focused on the user's interest. That is, abstracts related
to a single abstract by means of document similarity may belong to
a different research topic. However, abstracts mutually similar to
multiple selected abstracts have higher chance in belonging to the
similar topic. RAST also suggests possible candidates of keywords
by automatically extracting major words from the list of related
abstracts. You can also use these words to refine your search.
Moreover, not all related abstracts will contain the provided
keyword(s). These abstracts cannot be searched by the ordinary
keyword search, and thus we call them "Hidden treasure". You can
create a list by clicking on Add to Cart button at each abstract,
where abstracts will be sorted by date and time. You can also
print the list with or without the abstract body from your Printing
Cart. You can restore your "Printing Cart" by saving the ID which is
displayed on the top right corner. Try and find your "hidden treasures"
with RAST! A quick guide is shown on the top page, and a detailed
guide can be accessed by clicking on "How to use".

Any comments or questions are very welcomed at:

Shiro Usui
Shiro USUI, Ph.D usui@eiiris.tut.ac.jp
EIIRIS, ToyohashiTech.(Toyohashi Univ.Tech)
Hibarigaoka, Tempaku, Toyohashi 441-8580 Japan
Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan
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