Creating a Knowledge Base of Biological Research Papers

Carole D. Hafner, Kenneth Baclawski, Robert P. Futrelle, Natalya Fridman, and Shobana Sampath

Intelligent text-oriented tools for representing and searching the biological research literature are being developed, which combine object-oriented databases with artificial intelligence techniques to create a richly struenned knowledge base of Materials and Methods sections of biological research papers. A knowledge model of experimental processes, biological and chemical substances, and analytical techniques is described, based on the representation techniques of taxonomic semantic nets and knowledge frames. Two approaches to populating the knowledge base with the contents of biological research papers are descried: natural language processing and an interactive knowledge definition tool.

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