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Call to unlock a treasure chest of hidden research data

The Guardian - What would happen if academics could join the dots between the huge number of research articles that have been published digitally?

Academics argue there are links waiting to be discovered that could help us tackle the most pressing questions facing society, in areas ranging from healthcare to the humanities.

Take, for example, a recent project that used text mining to discover new information about Alzheimer’s disease. Text mining is an analysis technique that involves using a computer to scan thousands of relevant articles at once to “mine’” the facts and data within them and discover connections. Using cutting-edge technology that can speed-read data on a large scale, researchers found out more about the biomarkers that help early diagnosis of the disease.