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WikiProteins – are a million minds listening?

A couple of days ago Barend Mons and colleagues published an article in Genome Biology about WikiProteins – a new way of asking a “million minds to annotate a million [biomedical] concepts”. On the face of it, it seems like an fine idea: combine text mining and other database trawling (Medline, GO, UniProt and others), distill some concept maps from that (Knowlets, they call them) and invite scientists to chip in via a wiki.  Read more

BASE – Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

Here’s a new scientific search engine that let’s you choose to search only freely available content: http://base.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/index_english.html. It mostly indexes material published using OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting), but it includes some standard websites too. There’s a list of the content providers — which includes a number of publishers.  Read more