"There does appear to be a distinction between the way curation is used in the bio-sciences, and elsewhere. In particular, the term "curated database" tends to mean a manually constructed database that links literature to data, curated by experts who provide authority (eg see the Wikipedia definition of Biocurator). The earliest mention of the term "curated database" I can find is in the abstract (and only in the abstract) of Larsen et al (1993)." Chris Rusbridge Digital Curation BlogSince these database are hand curated by experts (manually curated), they always promise a accuracy & quality better than uncurated or NLP based databases. While NLP based databases follow a automated curation provide quick updates and tend to be large in terms of the quantum of data. While they may trade off in accuracy due to their automated curation process.
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