Meta Opens Doors for Research

In a move that may set a precedent for open information sharing in the future, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s philanthropy organization, recently acquired Meta – a search engine startup powered by artificial intelligence.

The tool will be free to all in the next few months, and provides full-text access to 18,000 journals and other literature sources bringing more than 26 million science research papers to users’ fingertips.

The system’s artificial intelligence brings to the surface the most relevant research instead of only articles with the best SEO by recognizing authors and citations between papers. Because of this, papers are ranked by how quickly their citations are rising in popularity – almost like a Facebook newsfeed for research. Implications of the system’s capabilities include:

  • Increased ease for funding organizations (like universities or foundations) in regards to identifying high-potential, trending areas of research that put them ahead of the curve regarding their investments and impact.
  • Students will no longer need to rely on Google’s exact-term and SEO matching and can instead find the most relevant research from established scientists with commonly cited work.
  • Scientists can find new data to investigate and avoid duplicative efforts by sifting through experiments that have already been performed.

This tool and others like it have the potential to help Blumont/IRD continue to operate as an informed organization that makes decisions based on data evidence and thorough research, and can keep us on the cutting edge.

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