Literature-based Discovery by D. R. Swanson (auth.), Peter Bruza, Marc Weeber (eds.)

By D. R. Swanson (auth.), Peter Bruza, Marc Weeber (eds.)

When Don Swanson hypothesized a connection among Raynaud’s phenomenon and nutritional fish oil, the sector of literature-based discovery (LBD) used to be born. in the course of the next 20 years a gradual circulate of researchers have released articles approximately LBD and the sector has made regular growth in laying foundations and developing an id. LBD is an inherently multi-disciplinary firm the place collaborations among the knowledge and biomedical sciences are quite simply encountered. it's the wish and goal that this quantity will plant a flag within the floor and encourage new researchers to the LBD challenge.

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Increasingly, local innovations from rural communities are being acknowledged by a global set of users. Traditional (indigenous) knowledge is being recognized for an increasing number of uses in addition to human and animal healthcare. Among them are: supporting pest control, crop diversity, soil conservation, and water management. ) and the application of indigenous knowledge, there is great potential for finding broader acceptance or even new applications. One possible means for doing so is through connections to companies and organizations in the West.

Gupta has established social systems for scouring the rural countryside to identify individuals with innovative, generative capacity. By means of these shodh yatras, or journeys of discovery, he has identified tens of thousands of rural innovations and applications of indigenous knowledge. Innovations range in size, scope, application, and degree of sophistication. Many involve applications of local knowledge for veterinary or human purposes, crop protection etc. Others involve technologies for heating, refrigeration, communication, and farming.

That position, too, will apply to the current work. Let us now consider in a conceptual sense how literature-based discovery might link Western, commercial interests with innovations at the base of the pyramid. We will suggest that West–South linkages may serve both as a source of new ideas for Western firms and as a means by which the skills and talents in the West provide advantage for the developing world. Already, Western companies realize that to compete they must innovate; and to innovate they must begin to throw out the rule book.

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