Providing Information

The digital revolution has led to a rapidly increasing amount of immediately accessible scientific and research information. However, this does not mean that this information per se is relevant for your decisions. Only by placing this information into certain contexts and by editing it accordingly value is generated.


“Providing information” includes manifold activities that serve our goal to provide scientists and researchers with information and to develop and make available the appropriate products and services: evaluation and selection of sources; editing and indexing of content; developing and operating information services tailored to our customers’ needs, and, last but not least, providing expert advice on all questions concerning scientific information supply.


We help you find precisely the information you need to answer your research questions, and provide the tools for targeted search and analysis. We continuously complement and update this information to make sure that you always have access to the most current findings.


Many different sources, including scientific publications, international patents, and web-based publications, are used to aggregate information. Semantic linking enhances the value of the information further. In the development of a multitude of specialized information services, we collaborate with renowned partners around the globe. 


Our information services specialize in patents, chemistry, life sciences, crystallography, mathematics & informatics, energy.

Information Services


Do you want to avoid litigation? Do you want to know whether you may market your new product worldwide, without any limitations? STN International is a reliable and secure platform where you can search for patents and their legal status. STN is a professional, fee-based information service that is used by information professionals, patent examiners, patent attorneys, and scientists worldwide.


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Are you developing a new drug or other chemical product and need to know whether the chemical compound in question has already been patented by someone else? STN offers researchers in scientific organizations and enterprises access to the most important chemistry databases and allows for targeted searching for chemical structures and reactions.


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Life Sciences

Are you involved in research on antibodies in order to develop a new vaccine and want to know whether this protein has already been patented? Or, whether others are doing research on similar sequences, which might affect your own patenting activities? You will find precise and comprehensive answers on these questions in the life science databases on STN.


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Are you a material scientist in the field of photovoltaics? Do you often produce new inorganic crystal structures and want to find out whether these are already known? ICSD (Inorganic Crystal Structure Database), the world’s largest information service for fully determined inorganic crystal structures with evaluated data, helps you answer such questions. ICSD is targeted at crystallographers and materials scientists at universities and in industry.


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Mathematics & Informatics

Are you interested in the latest research findings on elliptic curves and their current application in cryptography? Are you looking for the most prolific researchers in this field? zbMATH , the world’s most comprehensive information service in mathematics, offers information on mathematical publications, authors, references, and journals, and provides links to digital libraries and information on mathematical software. It is targeted at mathematicians and librarians at universities and research institutions.


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Do you need information on efficient heating technologies for residential buildings? Are you interested in the latest research findings on heat pumps? BINE Informationsdienst provides practice-oriented results from energy research. Its mission is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and information from energy research so that it can be applied in hands-on projects. BINE’s target groups include architects, energy consultants, energy associations, decision-makers, research institutes, planners, and any other interested persons.


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