Thursday, December 10, 2009

DCM or dichloromethane? Ask OSCAR

Demo#2 comes courtesy of the OSCAR project who were exhibiting at the OMII-UK stand.

OSCAR helps scientists to identify scientific terms in research papers. Many biologists and chemists, for example, are interested in the same research but find it hard to identify and understand terms that are relevant to them. What's more, chemists don't always agree so what's called DCM in one paper might be written as dichloromethane in another or methylene chloride in a third.

OSCAR takes all of these into account, making it easier for researchers to search the literature for papers of interest to them. Peter Murray-Rust and Daniel Lowe explain more below.

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