Status: Completed
Start Date: September 2002
End Date: March 2005

Biovista’s goal with the Esperonto project was to support literature based scientific discovery in the domain of the life sciences.

Technologies Used

Esperonto combined a number of technologies to achieve its goal:

  1. Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Information Extraction (IE): are used to extract facts (such as the effects of a compound) and complex events (such as the interaction between two proteins) from scientific articles and save them in a database for further systematic analysis.
  2. Ontologies: are used to represent and organize domain specific knowledge such as drug profiles, diseases, biological pathways and protein interactions.
  3. Co-Occurrence and Link Analysis: are used to identify hidden links and relations between entities of interest.

The project carried out applied research aimed at integrating the above technologies into a framework for systematic scientific discovery.

For more information

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