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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Curated databases and data curation

"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 Blog
Since 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.

While platforms like XTractor Premium follow a unique approach by trying to adopt the best of both worlds. A hybrid approach of a first level of NLP which promises a quick turnaround and large quantum of data followed by expert curation to preserve and maintain the high quality promised by expert curated database. XTractor Premium is a specialized biomedical text mining platform with semantically enriched search (Semantic search) and analytics to that enable discovery, knowledge sharing, analysis and modelling of published biomedical facts.

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Life Science and Informatics

What is this?
is this a new industry?
or a old wine in a new bottle?

Well Life Sciences and Informatics can be anything form computational biology, all omes and omics, core bioinformatics to curation and literature mining, database creation, in the area of biology, chemistry , bio-chem space.

There are number of companies in India and bangalore is the forefront as a major bio-cluster with 20 to 30 companies in this sphere.

now how good are these companies doing?
how good are they in terms of the international markets and how profitable is their business?
what do they do?
their clients?

These are some interesting things that could be discussed in this blog page...

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