I am bummed to read a recent email announcement by the Scitopia partner societies (the people who brought you the Scitopia science/technology search engine) that the Scitopia search site will be taken down after December 31, 2011. Apparently the site (created by IEEE in partnership with a number of scholarly societies) was not being used by enough people to justify the expense of upkeep, especially with the competition with other scholarly societies and the big elephant in the room, Google Scholar. So if you use the site, be forewarned that it won’t be around much longer.
While I am sad that it is going, I must admit that I hardly used it anymore, since I’m already at a university with access to Engineering Village, IEEE Xplore, Scopus, Web of Science, etc. I championed this search engine more for the researchers who do not have access to the big expensive databases, like engineers in private companies. However, these researchers do have other options, especially given that sites like Springer, ScienceDirect, IEEE, ACS, among others (not to mention Google Scholar), offer free searching of their content.