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Hackathon, extracting meaningful, machine-interpretable data from scholarly publications

Hi all, we would like to organize a Hackathon while at the ESWC.

We want to do it on Monday, May 27 in Montpillier, France.
We are probably going to use to manage signups


The ability to extract meaningful, machine-interpretable data from
scholarly publications in PDF form is a big challenge.  Several open
source libraries exist that attempt to automate this process, but work
needs to be done on them to improve accuracy and reliability.  Some
specific and relevant  challenges include:

Ability to automatically identify and tokenize citations from the PDF
(or more accurately, from a string of text)
Ability to automatically identify those blocks of text that represent
the narrative in a PDF.
Ability to identify references within the narrative, extract their
scope, and associate them with citation information in the PDF.

Anybody interested is welcome to join us, we will announce more
presice details later on this week. Also, we are looking for someone who co-organizes the meeting, ideally
someone who is local to Montpellier or to France.


Alex Garcia-Castro

FORCE11 Member since January 25, 2012
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