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Data integration is the process of adding differing datasets together. Some examples could include combining patent data from different search engines, or adding business/legal data into a project that contains patent data. VantagePoint has two separate processes to integrate data into the system.
The first process is called Data Fusion, accessed via Tools --> Data Fusion. Data fusion combines the records from two separate datasets into a completely new dataset. The user selects the datasets to use and the fields they wish to combine from only one or both datasets. The new dataset is an entirely new VantagePoint (.vpt) file.
Record Fusion, accessed via Tools --> Record Fusion, is the second process. While very similar to Data Fusion, Record Fusion looks to add accessory data to a master dataset, such as adding legal status information to a patent dataset. The master dataset controls the number of records for each field. Essentially, the system determines if an accessory record fits with a master record; if yes, then the accessory data is added.