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Exaptive can collaborate with you on design and support in building custom data applications. Our services team of developers and data scientists have backgrounds in life sciences, consumer analytics, and legal data, among other verticals. Their technical expertise includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, text analytics, advanced visualization, user experience design, and enterprise software.

We partner with our clients to support your data analysis and custom data applications that incorporate the interactivity, adaptability, and rapid iteration our platform delivers. Engaging with our services team means you get the benefit of the platform applied to your data challenge by the most experienced users of the platform, along with valuable insight into your data. Check out a sample of what can be done, and let’s talk about your next data challenge.

Customer: Cohen Veterans Bioscience
Industry: Healthcare
Services: Enterprise Application

Interactive Knowledge Map

At least 2 billion people worldwide suffer from brain disorders, of which there are more than 600 diagnosable conditions. Cohen Veterans Bioscience (CVB) works to fast-track the development of diagnostic tests and personalized therapeutics for both veterans and civilians who suffer from the devastating effects of brain trauma.

CVB asserts that new approaches to brain research and doing “science at scale” are what’s needed to make breakthroughs in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

A 501(c)3 non-profit, CVB organizes a network of public-private partners that each contribute complementary and synergistic data, capabilities, or expertise. CVB hired Exaptive to build an enterprise application that could expose connections in the vast data sources available to them, as well as to facilitate connections among the people involved in the greater PTSD/TBI research community.

Exaptive’s team used the Studio to build interactive knowledge maps for CVB‘s community of users. These visual, dynamic maps can be easily used by non-programmers in the PTSD/TBI community: to search for relationships in data, to find underlying publications and research supporting the data points, and to find the researchers involved. The data can be filtered and explored in any number of ways to benefit ongoing research or make decisions about new research directions.

The Xap (an application built in Exaptive’s Studio) also creates a cognitive network among the PTSD/TBI community, enabling members to find others with shared interests and research, or new approaches to solving seemingly unrelated problems.

Importantly, the application can be improved, expanded upon, or customized by anyone with the curiosity and a willingness to work with Exaptive’s modular computing components to build their own analytical tools. Simple drag-and- drop functionality lets users personalize analytics workflows and access data, algorithms, visualizations and other assets. Those with programming skills can extend the application by creating and sharing components that could be valuable to others.

The interactive Knowledge Map brings instant transparency to connections among the Cohen Veterans Bioscience community of researchers. Whether scientists are CVB staff or collaborators from other institutions, everyone can quickly see who team members are, how they are connected to each other, and how each member is connected to the dynamic underlying data. This empowers the team to quickly broaden, shift, and break through areas of research.

Customer: Gale Cengage
Industry: Academia/Higher Education
Services: Rapid Prototype and Enterprise Application

A “Digital Scholar Lab” for the Digital Humanities

While higher education researchers in the Humanities have a wealth of content at their disposal, they do not necessarily have the programming and coding skills to access and analyze that textual data to its fullest potential.

Tools to manipulate text data are difficult to install and configure, typically do not work together, and often require advanced programming knowledge to use. Determining which content to analyze presents another significant challenge, despite available search tools.

Gale’s (part of Cenagage Learning) Digital Scholar Lab for Digital Humanities helps academic researchers mine millions of digitally archived records to derive new insights from analyzing patterns and frequency of words and terms. Such data mining, in which software recognizes entities, relationships, and action, “helps researchers draw new conclusions among disparate data and is emerging as an important area of scholarly research,” according to Gale.

To fulfill its promise of providing textual analysis tools “to assist researchers who may not have programming experience or digital humanities programs at their institution,” Gale enlisted Exaptive’s services team to build a “Digital Scholar Lab,” that lets researchers:

  • more easily locate both Gale’s and third-party archived content
  • analyze text using state-of-the-art machine learning tools
  • share results with colleagues and collaborators around the world
  • engage the content as a more playful experience, encouraging exploration and experimentation

Using the Studio, Exaptive was able to deliver working iterations of a minimum viable product — early and often — so that features and functionality could evolve through real, hands-on use by researchers testing the application. Exaptive’s library of off-the-shelf components, which contain reusable code and styling, enabled the speed of development. Instead of having to write new code to integrate third-party sources like Google Books, the Exaptive team used a component from a prior effort, preventing re-work.

With a successful rapid prototype in hand, Gale made the decision to have Exaptive build a live production enterprise application that would serve as a one-stop-shop for conducting Digital Humanities research. From rapid prototype to enterprise application took just months, at a price that makes the application affordable for Gale’s academic customers.

Today, researchers can use Gale’s powerful machine learning tools without needing to separately set up and configure development environments. Exaptive’s application walks users through the process of configuring algorithm parameters — a useful aid for those not well-versed in these algorithms.

Customer: Large NGO
Industry: Healthcare/Public Policy
Services: Data Analytics

Delivering Answers Based on Advanced Analytics

When you’re a non-profit trying to tackle some of the world’s most entrenched – but solvable – health, education, or development problems, stopping to build analytical tools is out of the question. For that, you outsource.

Exaptive was asked to help this non-governmental organization (NGO) figure out how to use the large amount of data at its disposal to make better aid decisions. The group wanted to understand which interventions would work best, based on past experience, so that its aid would be applied in the most efficient, effective manner.

Using the Studio as a rapid development platform, Exaptive then built a series of tools to facilitate data exploration and discovery. User Experience designers brought advanced machine learning techniques to the solution.

Given the immediacy of the need, Exaptive’s data scientists did the analytical work on the organization’s behalf. They analyzed a large collection of country-by-country historical data to identify which ones had similar “fingerprints” based on demographic, economic, environmental, and other factors.

The Exaptive services team’s on-demand data analytics produced actionable insights quickly — within weeks, not months. The NGO now makes data-driven decisions so their limited resources can do the most good.

Customer: Osher Center of Integrative Medicine
Industry: Healthcare
Services: Enterprise Application

Interactive Network Maps Facilitate Serendipity

The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, a collaboration between Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was determined to be a “Center without Walls.” Facilitating introductions and collaborations among its many research and clinical practitioners is critical to its mission of enhancing human health, resilience, and quality of life.

Integrative medicine (IM) professionals span many disciplines across the hospital, medical school, and other affiliated institutions. They often collaborate and jointly publish their research.

Yet finding a way - other than personal networks and serendipity - to connect people who could benefit from each other’s knowledge, experience, research, and data was challenging for the center. There was no easy way for researchers to know who in the network may be pursuing similar ideas. Or who has already collaborated with whom across the network. Or to find clinicians who specialize in different aspects of integrative medicine.

The Osher Center brought in Exaptive’s services team to help solve this collaboration challenge.

Exaptive rapidly prototyped and built an enterprise application of interactive network maps that were deployed in weeks, not months. These maps “represent connections between individuals and across institutions in both research and clinical practice related to integrative medicine,” the Center states.

The Research Map uses source data from Harvard’s Catalyst Profiles, an internal database on organizational data, and the publicly accessible PubMed ®. It connects people through their publications and to institutions through known affiliations as identified in the Harvard profiles. It helps users to identify those researchers who focus on aspects of IM of shared interest. Users can find their collaborators, the research papers they have published, and affiliated institutions.

The Clinical Map connects a network of academically-affiliated IM clinical service providers in the Boston area. Both clinical centers and clinicians are represented, searchable via institution and by the services they provide — from acupuncture to yoga.

Published on the Osher Center’s website, the interactive IM network maps advance the Center’s mission by helping its researchers and clinicians more easily and quickly search for and find new thought leaders and collaborators. In addition, patients can find clinicians and clinical centers that specialize in their treatment options, and explore areas of research relevant to conditions of interest.