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Bioinformatics. 2013 Aug 1;29(15):1915-6. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btt317. Epub 2013 Jun 4.

BeCAS: biomedical concept recognition services and visualization.

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  • 1DETI/IEETA, University of Aveiro, Campus Universit├írio de Santiago, 3810 - 193 Aveiro, Portugal.



The continuous growth of the biomedical scientific literature has been motivating the development of text-mining tools able to efficiently process all this information. Although numerous domain-specific solutions are available, there is no web-based concept-recognition system that combines the ability to select multiple concept types to annotate, to reference external databases and to automatically annotate nested and intercepted concepts. BeCAS, the Biomedical Concept Annotation System, is an API for biomedical concept identification and a web-based tool that addresses these limitations. MEDLINE abstracts or free text can be annotated directly in the web interface, where identified concepts are enriched with links to reference databases. Using its customizable widget, it can also be used to augment external web pages with concept highlighting features. Furthermore, all text-processing and annotation features are made available through an HTTP REST API, allowing integration in any text-processing pipeline.


BeCAS is freely available for non-commercial use at


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