Dian Schaffhauser of Campus Technology recently wrote, "A startup that offers a cloud-based biomedical search and profiling platform is teaming up with a major publisher of scientific and technical texts to create customized research portals for academic organizations and scientific societies. Knode will be working with John Wiley & Sons to set up searchable research networks to help users locate research expertise. Currently, Knode's focus is on life sciences, but the company expects to expand to other fields 'soon,' according to an interview with CEO David Steinberg posted on the Wiley Web site."
Shaffhauser continues, "Knode works by extracting data from public sources, including United States patents, PubMed abstracts, and NIH grants, and clinicaltrials.gov. By using semantic mining and data extraction algorithms, the technology creates profiles of researchers based on data about them such as publication history, patents, clinical trials and grants. Portal users can search by field of research, name, or affiliation; custom filters help identify influential people and 'rising stars.' The expectation is that researchers use the application to find other experts, identify and connect with collaborators and promote their expertise."
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