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Knowledge Graph based Representation, Augmentation and Exploration of Scholarly Communication

Project description

New approach for scholarly communication

Access to scientific publications has been improving since the introduction of digital technology and artificial intelligence. Unfortunately, the traditional procedures in scholarly communication, based on document-oriented workflows, can’t respond to the rapid increase of academic literature. With the help of subject matter experts, data interlinking and machine learning algorithms, a new knowledge graph is under development. The EU-funded ScienceGraph project will develop a state-of-the-art formula for representing, analysing, augmenting and exploiting scholarly communication in a knowledge-based way. It will express and link scientific outcomes through interlinked, semantically rich knowledge graphs enabling the representation of complex interdisciplinary scientific information, tracing of its whole evolution, connected discourse and concept drift.


Despite an improved digital access to scientific publications in the last decades, the fundamental principles of scholarly communication remain unchanged and continue to be largely document-based. The document-oriented workflows in science have reached the limits of adequacy as highlighted by recent discussions on the increasing proliferation of scientific literature, the deficiency of peer-review and the reproducibility crisis.
In ScienceGRAPH we aim to develop a novel model for representing, analysing, augmenting and exploiting scholarly communication in a knowledge-based way by expressing and linking scientific contributions and related artefacts through semantically rich, interlinked knowledge graphs. The model is based on deep semantic representation of scientific contributions, their manual, crowd-sourced and automatic augmentation and finally the intuitive exploration and interaction employing question answering on the resulting ScienceGRAPH base.
Currently, knowledge graphs are still confined to representing encyclopaedic, factual information. ScienceGRAPH advances the state-of-the-art by enabling to represent complex interdisciplinary scientific information including fine-grained provenance preservation, discourse capture, evolution tracing and concept drift. Also, we will demonstrate that we can synergistically combine automated extraction and augmentation techniques, with large-scale collaboration to reach an unprecedented level of knowledge graph breadth and depth.
As a result, we expect a paradigm shift in the methods of academic discourse towards knowledge-based information flows, which facilitate completely new ways of search and exploration. The efficiency and effectiveness of scholarly communication will significant increase, since ambiguities are reduced, reproducibility is facilitated, redundancy is avoided, provenance and contributions can be better traced and the interconnections of research contributions are made more explicit and transparent.



Net EU contribution
€ 1 381 750,00
Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover

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Niedersachsen Hannover Region Hannover
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00

Beneficiaries (3)