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Powerful New Ways to Electronically Mine Research May Lead to Scientific Breakthroughs
February 10, 2011
The Internet has become not only a tool for disseminating knowledge through scientific publications, but also has the potential to shape scientific research through expanding the field of metaknowledge--the study of knowledge itself. The new possibilities for metaknowledge include developing a better understanding of science's social context and the biases that can affect research findings and choices of research topic.
University of Chicago
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