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André Santos
Centre of Biological Engineering
Portugal
Regina Nogueira
Centre of Biological Engineering
Portugal
Anália Lourenço
Centre of Biological Engineering
Portugal
Vol. 1 No. 1 (2012), Articles, pages 1-8
DOI: https://doi.org/10.14201/ADCAIJ20121118
Accepted: Jul 1, 2013
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Abstract

Scientific publications are the main vehicle to disseminate information in the field of biotechnology for wastewater treatment. Indeed, the new research paradigms and the application of high-throughput technologies have increased the rate of publication considerably. The problem is that manual curation becomes harder, prone-to-errors and time-consuming, leading to a probable loss of information and inefficient knowledge acquisition. As a result, research outputs are hardly reaching engineers, hampering the calibration of mathematical models used to optimize the stability and performance of biotechnological systems. In this context, we have developed a data curation workflow, based on text mining techniques, to extract numerical parameters from scientific literature, and applied it to the biotechnology domain. A workflow was built to process wastewater-related articles with the main goal of identifying physico-chemical parameters mentioned in the text. This work describes the implementation of the workflow, identifies achievements and current limitations in the overall process, and presents the results obtained for a corpus of 50 full-text documents.

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