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Can we replace curation with information extraction software?

Can we use programs for automated or semi-automated information extraction from scientific texts as practical alternatives to professional curation? I show that error rates of current information extraction programs are too high to replace professional curation today. Furthermore, current IEP programs extract single narrow slivers of information, such as individual protein interactions; they cannot extract the large breadth of information extracted by professional curators for databases such as EcoCyc. They also cannot arbitrate among conflicting statements in the literature as curators can. Therefore, funding agencies should not hobble the curation efforts of existing databases on the assumption that a problem that has stymied Artificial Intelligence researchers for more than 60 years will be solved tomorrow. Semi-automated extraction techniques appear to have significantly more potential based on a review of recent tools that enhance curator productivity. But a full cost-benefit analysis for these tools is lacking. Without such analysis it is possible to expend significant effort developing information-extraction tools that automate small parts of the overall curation workflow without achieving a significant decrease in curation costs.
Gilbert C FAURE's curator insight, January 13, 4:05 AM
curation is curation and curation?
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12 Experts Share Top Curation Tips

Six steps to easy content curation.


Curation is sometimes confusing. Everyone has a different definition and it's used in many different ways as part of content and marketing strategies.


I asked 10 of my favorite curation experts for their best tips, tools, their favorite curator and suggestions on innovative uses of curation. Each is a curator on, my favorite curation tool and channel. New and experienced curators are going to learn from their advice.

Via Jeff Domansky, Ally Greer
Lee Wise's curator insight, October 7, 2013 10:54 PM

Some will enjoy this resource!

wanderingsalsero's curator insight, October 20, 2013 8:12 PM

I haven't read this yet but "panels" are always a good way to get a synopsis of any this case: curation.

Maria Richards's curator insight, March 29, 2014 4:51 PM

It seems so simple here!

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It's a group effort - the curators:

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Bwana Moses's comment, May 25, 2016 6:13 AM
Great work. Keep it going.
Bwana Moses's comment, March 7, 12:46 PM
Thank You.