If you can READ, you CAN HELP

As mentioned in Andrew’s Tedx Talk in this post, one of the grand challenges in scientific research is creating a system where all scientists can can access the knowledge embedded within the entirety of research literature. With such a system, scientists would be able to build the bridges they need to connect ideas across disparate fields of research faster. But how could such a system be...
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How Would Mark2Cure Expedite Scientific Discovery?

How would thorough annotations improve information extraction from biomedical research literature? To illustrate one of the issues Mark2Cure aims to address, we’ll start with an example drawn from history–the undiscovered public knowledge that an information scientist named Don Swanson successfully mined in the 1980’s. At that time, there were 2,000 research articles on...
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Mark2Cure to Start Beta Testing soon

Mark2Cure is a citizen science platform that enables users to make biomedical research literature more useful for scientists by annotating research abstracts. Finding the right information is a problem that’s only going to get worse unless we do something Be one of the first citizen scientists to test out our web app and provide voice your opinion on how to improve Mark2Cure. A limited...
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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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One day left to get your papers in for the Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing

The deadline has been extended to Aug 4th which is tomorrow! The 2015 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing will be held from Jan 4-8 on Kohala Coast in Hawaii! Andrew and Ben (together with collaborators Robert and Zhiyong at NCBI) are organizing the session on Crowdsourcing and Mining Crowd Data. For the session to be remotely decent, they need manuscript submissions. Submissions will be...
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