[BioNLP] Announcement of BioCreative III

Kevin B. Cohen kevin.cohen at gmail.com
Wed Oct 28 11:18:54 EDT 2009

BioCreative III: Interactive Annotation Demonstration Task

Call for Interest in Participation

Dates: September 13-15, 2010

Location: Washington, DC area

The BioCreative meetings are the premier venue for comparing the performance
of text mining tools on tasks that are of interest to biologists and
bioinformaticians, particularly those working in the areas of genomics,
proteomics and biological database curation (see Genome Biology BioCreative
special issue, 2008).  Funded by the National Science Foundation,
BioCreative III will be held on September 13-15, 2010 in the Washington, DC
area. Along with gene normalization and information extraction tasks,
BioCreative III will include a demonstration task on interactive annotation
in which curators will be teamed with text mining groups to perform
annotation tasks.  The goal is to gather requirements, discuss data exchange
standards, and create a framework for an interactive annotation evaluation
for BioCreative IV (to be held in 2012).

We are now gauging interest in taking part in this project among database
curators, bioinformaticians and text mining groups.  For this initial trial
of an interactive task in biomedical text mining, groups will have the
opportunity to demonstrate their own interfaces and have others try them
out.  Minimum requirements will be distributed along with a formal
definition of the task, which will be focused on gene and protein
normalization, since this is an annotation task that cuts across many

Text mining and curation groups that are already collaborating are welcome
to participate together.  NCBI will also host a web page, which will allow
interested parties to identify potential collaborators. If you are
interested in collaborating please send a short description of your role in
a collaboration (e.g., curator, text miner, system developer), what you
could contribute in a collaboration, and any URLs linking to further
information or resources you may want to provide, to wilbur at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov.
Once the web page has content we will send out a notice giving the URL.

Best wishes,

The BioCreative organizers
K. B. Cohen
Biomedical Text Mining Group Lead, Center for Computational Pharmacology
Lead Artificial Intelligence Engineer, The MITRE Corporation, Human Language
Technology Division
303-916-2417 (cell) 303-377-9194 (home)
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