The graph below represents a map of causal statements related to COVID-19 that were directly extracted from the scientific literature of 2020; each pair of connected nodes is a first-order causal statement extracted from one or more publications. These statements have been algorithmically structured as a dynamic and interactive knowledge graph. For instance, the red node in the center represents the concept of COVID-19 and the red edge represents a causal link between COVID-19 and Olfactory Dysfunction.
The scientific knowledge landscape is vast, complex and rapidly expanding. In 2020, an additional 2 million new peer-reviewed papers were added to the scientific literature, which is now estimated to contain over 60 million works. At this volume, it would take a single individual almost 20 years (without breaks) to perform a 5-minute review of each paper written in 2020. Even narrow subdomains of scientific investigation now produce a level of output that is intractable for a single scholar to master: over 100,000 papers about the coronavirus pandemic were published in 2020, alone.
As knowledge generation continues to outpace the ability of individual scientists to consume and integrate it, there is a critical need for technology tools that can organize, integrate, and represent the nuanced knowledge contained within the growing body of the scientific literature. BRAINWORKS is a web platform that addresses these needs by structuring the scientific literature as a dynamic and interactive knowledge graph. While development of the platform is ongoing, an alpha version of the tool is freely available online here.
The technology stack for BRAINWORKS consists of three layers: information, algorithms, visualization. Each layer was designed to function independently to maximize extensions of the technology stack for other use cases. To learn more about the technology stack, please visit the GitHub repository.
We provide tools to help you organize the knowledge graph. You can move around, zoom in and out, search keywords, rearrange concepts, and highlight connections.