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PubTator: A PubMed-like interactive curation system for literature curation
Today's biomedical research has become heavily dependent on the access to biological knowledge encoded in expert curated biological databases. As the volume of biological literature grows rapidly, it becomes increasingly difficult for biocurators to keep up with the literature because manual curation is an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. Past research including our own has shown that (semi-)automated computer analysis can greatly improve the curation efficiency. In this talk, I will introduce PubTator, a newly developed web-based interactive curation system for assisting literature curation. PubTator features a PubMed-like interface (many biocurators find it to be familiar) and is equipped with multiple state-of-the-art text mining algorithms for facilitating two specific annotation talks: document triage and gene indexing. Through participation in BioCreative 2012, PubTator was evaluated by multiple model organism database (MOD) groups such as the Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR). Preliminary user evaluation results show that the accuracy of PubTator's computed results is comparable to that of manual curation and that PubTator-assisted human curation can significantly increase curatorial speed. A demo version is made publicly available at:

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