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University enters collaboration to develop text mining applications
07 Nov 2011
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=7627

The University of Manchester has joined forces with Elsevier, a leading 
provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and 
services, to develop new applications for text mining, a crucial research tool.

The primary goal of text mining is to extract new information such as named 
entities, relations hidden in text and to enable scientists to systematically 
and efficiently discover, collect, interpret and curate knowledge required for 
research.

The collaborative team will develop applications for SciVerse Applications, 
which provides opportunities for researchers to collaborate with developers in 
creating and promoting new applications that improve research workflows.

The University's National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM), the first 
publicly-funded text mining centre in the world, will work with Elsevier's 
Application Marketplace and Developer Network team on the project. 

Text mining extracts semantic metadata such as terms, relationships and events, 
which enable more pertinent search. NaCTeM provides a number of text mining 
services, tools and resources for leading corporations and government agencies 
that enhance search and discovery.

Sophia Ananiadou, Professor in the University's School of Computer Science and 
Director of the National Centre for Text Mining, said: "Text mining supports 
new knowledge discovery and hypothesis generation. 

"Elsevier's SciVerse platform will enable access to sophisticated text mining 
techniques and content that can deliver more pertinent, focused search results."

"NaCTeM has developed a number of innovative, semantic-based and time-saving 
text mining tools for various organizations," said Rafael Sidi, Vice President 
Product Management, Applications Marketplace and Developer Network, Elsevier. 

"We are excited to work with the NaCTeM team to bring this expertise to the 
research community."

Notes for editors
Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical 
information products and services. The company works in partnership with the 
global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, and 
close to 20,000 book titles. A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, 
Elsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide. 

NaCTeM is the first publicly funded, text mining centre in the world providing 
resources, tools and services to academia and industry. NaCTeM collaborates 
with both academia and industry, nationally and internationally. 

The University of Manchester

The University of Manchester, a member of the Russell Group, is the most 
popular university in the UK. It has 22 academic schools and hundreds of 
specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching 
and research of worldwide significance.

According to the results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, The 
University of Manchester is now one of the country's major research 
universities, rated third in the UK in terms of 'research power'. The 
University had an annual income of £788 million in 2009/10.

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Daniel Cochlin
Media Relations Officer
The University of Manchester
0161 275 8387
daniel.coch...@manchester.ac.uk

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