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Hypotheses, evidence and relationships: The HypER approach for representing scientific knowledge claims

By A. de Waard, S. Buckingham Shum, A. Carusi, J. Park, M. Samwald and Á. Sándor

Abstract

Biological knowledge is increasingly represented as a collection of (entity-relationship-entity) triplets. These are queried, mined, appended to papers, and published. However, this representation ignores the argumentation contained within a paper and the relationships between hypotheses, claims and evidence put forth in the article. In this paper, we propose an alternate view of the research article as a network of 'hypotheses and evidence'. Our knowledge representation focuses on scientific discourse as a rhetorical activity, which leads to a different direction in the development of tools and processes for modeling this discourse. We propose to extract knowledge from the article to allow the construction of a system where a specific scientific claim is connected, through trails of meaningful relationships, to experimental evidence. We discuss some current efforts and future plans in this area

Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:oro.open.ac.uk:18563
Provided by: Open Research Online

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