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  • December 10, 2011

YANPA: Tools for Rapid Understanding of Scientific Literature

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager

Mathieu Bastian, from the Duke's Choice Award winning Gephi project, told me about yet another NetBeans Platform application (a.k.a. YANPA) this week.

Action Science Explorer, created at the University of Maryland, generates readily-consumable surveys of different scientific domains and topics, targeted to different audiences and levels. The development team created an infrastructure for automatic summarization of research domains that links bibliometric lexical link mining, summarization techniques, and visualization tools. The tool presents academic literature for a field using many different modalities: lists of articles, their full texts, automatic text summaries, and visualizations of the structure of the citation network:

That reminds me that there's about 50 screenshots to be added to the NetBeans Platform Showcase, all of which will automatically enter the 200th NetBeans Platform Screenshot competition. Have more? Let me know!

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  • Joris Monday, December 12, 2011

    This is truly an amazing project, thanks for spotting it. It was interesting to read about it. Unfortunately it is not available as open source, or even available at all, with no concrete plans of ever releasing it. It seems more intended as research project (from their site): "ASE is a research prototype meant to provide inspiration for developers: the ASE demonstrates the value of integrating reference management, statistics, citation context extraction, natural language summarization for single and multiple documents, filters to interactively select key papers, and network visualization to see citation patterns and identify clusters." I cannot imagine this kind of functionality quickly finding it's way into JabRef, Zotero or Mendeley even as non of those reference managers are based on the NetBeans platform.

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