The goal of Knowledge Environments is to accelerate science through the rapid sharing, awareness, and understanding of knowledge — all of which are critical for progress. Here are some of our efforts in these areas:
In January 2018, we began a collaboration with Andrew McCallum and the Center for Data Science at the UMass Amherst to accelerate science and medicine. The goal of this project, called Computable Knowledge, is to create an intelligent and navigable map of scientific knowledge using a branch of artificial intelligence known as knowledge representation and reasoning. The Computable Knowledge project will facilitate new ways for scientists to explore, navigate, and discover potential connections between millions of new and historical scientific research articles. Once complete, the service will be accessible for free through Meta.
We are providing support to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) for their online platform, bioRxiv. This free service enables life science researchers to share drafts of their papers — known as preprints — before they appear in journals. With our support, CSHL will be able to hire additional staff to help scale up bioRxiv, and allow the conversion of author-submitted content files to machine-readable formats.
CZI is a member of the Advisory Group for ASAPbio, a scientist-driven nonprofit that promotes innovation and transparency in life sciences communication by building support for preprints. In addition, our grantmaking support will allow ASAPbio to increase awareness of preprints in the life sciences community and promote discussions around best practices regarding the use of preprints.