Finding buried treasure in shifting sand

The problem of keeping up with scientific literature is not new. In 1986, information scientist, Don R. Swanson, published an article about mining the wealth of knowledge buried in academic literature. In his article, “Undiscovered public knowledge”, Swanson investigated information that was not readily available simply because individual biomedical research papers were (and in many...
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Winner of the BioThings DBP contest!

In order to find a Driving Biological Project which would help propel the Network of BioThings forward, the Su lab had a contest with a $500 prize which ended on June 30th. The contest entries were judged by Drs. Su, Dumontier, Evelo, and Bader. Although each of the entries considered for the prize were excellent, the winning entry was posted by Mark Fortner.     All the entries were...
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NoB DBP contest end

The NoB DBP contest has ended. Thank you for your thought-provoking entries. The judges will be looking at the entries carefully and the results will be posted as soon as a winner is decided.
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NoB DBP Idea contest ends today

Prize is $500. Get your entries in before it’s too late. More details here:...
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You can lead a researcher to cash, but you can’t make them apply

One would think that a $500 prize would be sufficient to motivate a cash-strapped researcher, or a starving scientist-in-training student to put together an entry for the Network of Biothings Driving Biological Projects contest. Heck, since the contest is open to anyone with an imagination, one would think that someone somewhere would be interested in submitting an entry–especially since...
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If you could easily search through and analyze all biomedical research, what would you do?

That’s the crux of the DBP contest for the Network of BioThings, which is closing within a mere two weeks on June 30, 2014. The $500 prize has yet to be claimed. What is the goal of the Network of BioThings? The Network of BioThings aims to structure the biological knowledge found in biomedical research articles by comprehensively annotating BioThings (genes, proteins, mutations, diseases,...
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