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Finding Balance on the Spectrum Between Lone Geniuses and Team Scientists

Foreword by Jill Macchiaverna, Exaptive Media Specialist:

When we came across this podcast that so beautifully and concisely addressed many of the challenges our collaborators face, we knew we had to find a way to share it. A huge thank you to AIBS and BioScience Talks for allowing us to post their September 12, 2018, episode called “Big Data is Synergized by Team and Open Science.”

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Using Science to Build a Dynamic Collaboration Engine

“Good ideas are getting harder to find,” Exaptive CEO Dave King quotes a recent paper by MIT and Stanford researchers. He points to the skyrocketing number of researchers employed in the U.S. and contrasts it with the inverse slope on a chart monitoring efficiency of researchers along the same timeline. “Those growing number of researchers are failing to produce value that outpaces what we’re spending to innovate.”

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How Data Visualization Supports the Formation of Better Hypotheses

Since Exaptive launched in 2011, we’ve worked with many researchers, particularly in medicine and the natural sciences. PubMed®, a medical journal database, pops up repeatedly as a key tool for these researchers to develop hypotheses. It’s a tool built in a search-and-find paradigm with which we’re all familiar. Execute a keyword search. Get a list of results. Visualization can make search - and, therefore, research - much more meaningful.

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Modern Research: Faster Is Different

Faster is different. It sounds strange at first because we expect faster to be better. We expect faster to be more. If we can analyze data faster, we can analyze more data. If we can network faster, we can network with more people. Faster is more, which is better, but more is different.

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How To Use PubMed®: The New Way

The Researchers, Principal Investigators, and Science Writers we’ve talked to seem to have a love-hate relationship with PubMed. They love that a simple search can get them quick access to the latest articles but they hate the limiting interface and how much reading is required to find good articles. They told us they aren’t always sure they got all the right articles and that they want a more efficient and customized system that meets more of their needs and gets better over time as it learns from their behavior.

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