Project Lazarus: bringing back data from the dead


Thu Mar 10th 10:00am to 11:00am PST


Steve Pettifer


Much of the world’s primary scientific knowledge is buried in the prose, figures and reference sections of scientific articles, virtually inaccessible to the computational machinery that's needed today to search, extricate and assimilate their sequestered information. Data-sets are trapped in tables and illustrations; factual assertions are shrouded in complex narratives; and relationships between articles are entombed in convoluted reference/citation formats. Extracting and liberating this knowledge automatically - with any degree of accuracy - is hard; the hypothesis of the Lazarus project is that these artefacts are best uncovered by engaging the collective services of the scientific community.




Dr Steve Pettifer is a Reader in the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester, and a member of the Advanced Interfaces Group. His research interests are in the area of Human Computer Interaction, Visualisation, 3D Graphics and Distributed Systems.



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