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Title: Biocuration: Distilling data into knowledge

Abstract

Data, including information generated from them by processing and analysis, are an asset with measurable value. The assets that biological research funding produces are the data generated, the information derived from these data, and, ultimately, the discoveries and knowledge these lead to. From the time when Henry Oldenburg published the first scientific journal in 1665 (Proceedings of the Royal Society) to the founding of the United States National Library of Medicine in 1879 to the present, there has been a sustained drive to improve how researchers can record and discover what is known. Researchers' experimental work builds upon years and (collectively) billions of dollars' worth of earlier work. Today, researchers are generating data at ever-faster rates because of advances in instrumentation and technology, coupled with decreases in production costs. Unfortunately, the ability of researchers to manage and disseminate their results has not kept pace, so their work cannot achieve its maximal impact. Strides have recently been made, but more awareness is needed of the essential role that biological data resources, including biocuration, play in maintaining and linking this ever-growing flood of data and information. The aim of this paper is to describe the nature of data as an asset, themore » role biocurators play in increasing its value, and consistent, practical means to measure effectiveness that can guide planning and justify costs in biological research information resources' development and management.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
Contributing Org.:
International Society for Biocuration
OSTI Identifier:
1559141
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
PLoS biology (Online)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Name: PLoS biology (Online); Journal Volume: 16; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 1545-7885
Publisher:
Public Library of Science
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
96 KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND PRESERVATION

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International Society for Biocuration. Biocuration: Distilling data into knowledge. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2002846.
International Society for Biocuration. Biocuration: Distilling data into knowledge. United States. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2002846.
International Society for Biocuration. Mon . "Biocuration: Distilling data into knowledge". United States. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2002846. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1559141.
@article{osti_1559141,
title = {Biocuration: Distilling data into knowledge},
author = {International Society for Biocuration},
abstractNote = {Data, including information generated from them by processing and analysis, are an asset with measurable value. The assets that biological research funding produces are the data generated, the information derived from these data, and, ultimately, the discoveries and knowledge these lead to. From the time when Henry Oldenburg published the first scientific journal in 1665 (Proceedings of the Royal Society) to the founding of the United States National Library of Medicine in 1879 to the present, there has been a sustained drive to improve how researchers can record and discover what is known. Researchers' experimental work builds upon years and (collectively) billions of dollars' worth of earlier work. Today, researchers are generating data at ever-faster rates because of advances in instrumentation and technology, coupled with decreases in production costs. Unfortunately, the ability of researchers to manage and disseminate their results has not kept pace, so their work cannot achieve its maximal impact. Strides have recently been made, but more awareness is needed of the essential role that biological data resources, including biocuration, play in maintaining and linking this ever-growing flood of data and information. The aim of this paper is to describe the nature of data as an asset, the role biocurators play in increasing its value, and consistent, practical means to measure effectiveness that can guide planning and justify costs in biological research information resources' development and management.},
doi = {10.1371/journal.pbio.2002846},
journal = {PLoS biology (Online)},
number = 4,
volume = 16,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
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