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News Release 11-028

A Scientific Gold Rush: Electronic Mining of Published Research

The journal Science publishes an important paper on harvesting vast amounts of "metaknowledge"

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A "Science" Perspective by Assistant Professor James Evans and Post-doctural scholar Jacob Foster, both of the University of Chicago, argues that electronically-mined research may lead to future scientific breakthroughs. The computational production and consumption of metaknowledge--the knowledge about knowledge itself--can uncover potential biases inherent in research, as well as information on the backgrounds and previous work of researchers in order to learn more about content, implications and context.

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Cover of the February 11, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

The researchers' findings are described in the February 11, 2011 issue of the journal Science.

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