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Text Mining in Molecular Biology

05.03.2004

Granada - Text mining is the topic of a workshop to be held in Granada, Spain from March 28 to 31. The workshop organizers are the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the Centro Nacional de Biotecnología (CNB) in Spain, the MITRE Corporation, a charitable non-profit organization, and BioCreative (Critical Assessment of Information Extraction Systems in Biology). The later is an international group assessing text mining systems in biology, by defining a common task, common data sets and a clearly defined evaluation.
The recent progress in the automation of methods such as DNA expression arrays and mass spectrometry determination has created new opportunities and challenges for biologists but also to massive amounts of data to be analyzed. Additionally the available literature is also growing constantly (MEDLINE alone, the archive of abstracts of biomedical publications, already contains more than 11 million entries). It has become clear that there is an urgent need not only for methods for the massive analysis of experimental data. Furthermore the already existing knowledge locked in the scientific literature has to be extracted and collected for the understanding of this new kind of data.
Due to the impressive amount of available literature, this is a time-consuming task. Therefore, the development of systems for the automatic processing and analysis of scientific literature is absolutely needed, saving valuable time and resources and providing a way for identifying important data.
The workshop will allow participants in BioCreative to present their results and discuss their approaches. There will also be a considerable number of invited talks and time for open discussions.

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