ORLANDO, Fla., June 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ALA Annual Conference -- Yewno, a new approach to knowledge discovery aimed at enhancing human understanding by correlating concepts across vast volumes of text, today announced the launch of its first vertical offering, Yewno for Education, a unique service designed for scholars and students via academic and research libraries. Yewno recreates the way the human brain connects related yet disparate concepts to achieve deeper learning; Yewno is not based on keyword searching. It combines the most powerful components of computational linguistics, semantic analysis, neural networks and data visualization to usher in a new era of enlightened knowledge discovery.
The first in a series of vertical market offerings, Yewno for Education features a growing database currently at over 45 million articles, books, and other documents from leading academic publishers, governments and universities. Yewno analyzes content from more than two dozen publishers and content aggregators including Oxford University Press, Stanford University Press, Springer Nature, and Taylor & Francis Group, for whom Yewno makes their content discoverable in this new way. Already in use at Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Stonehill College, Yewno for Education can ingest and utilize an academic institution's existing content and subscriptions, and is complementary to existing search tools.
"Yewno mirrors the human mind's own lateral thinking by pulling together and synthesizing analogous yet unrelated concepts to achieve deeper learning," said Ruggero Gramatica, CEO and Founder, Yewno. "It generates results that evoke our natural abilities, using computational modeling to elegantly present both abstract knowledge and concrete linkage patterns in a visual matrix. The outcome is a transformation in creative capacity and critical thinking."
Despite the complex technology that drives Yewno for Education's knowledge discovery platform, discovering and engaging with topics and related information is incredibly simple. Developed for research scholars and undergraduate students alike, Yewno for Education allows users to point-and-click their way to a well-ordered landscape of correlated knowledge in the form of a content column that appears along the right-hand side of the screen, providing a summary of the given concept and links to information sources. When users have identified the concepts that interest them most, they can connect to the details using multi-hop functionality, which instantaneously reconfigures all of the relevant information to show the recalculated relationships among the selected concepts. Moreover, users can directly access the content sources from the relevant node where concepts linkages lead.
Additionally, concepts can be revealed when a user hovers over a connecting line and with one click the correlated concepts and the source documents containing them appear. This allows a user to explore spontaneously a topic by navigating through correlated ideas/sources and to delve deeper into newly revealed, yet related topics, thus making possible exploration of cross-disciplinary details and previously unsuspected or unnoticed relationships among concepts.
Content categories represented in Yewno for Education include medicine, business, humanities, engineering and technology, social sciences, education, biological sciences, creative arts and design, computer science, agriculture and related sciences, mass communications, physical sciences, legal, architecture and planning, mathematical sciences, and interdisciplinary or undecided determinants.
Yewno for Education is the first in a series of high value services for vertical markets, including financial and investment services, life sciences, and news. Each domain-specific offering will include high-quality, reputably published content contextually relevant to the needs of professional users.
A free offering for the general public is expected to launch in the near future.
University Libraries Already Using Yewno for Education
"At the library our scholars often tell us while they love the immediate access of online research, they miss the serendipitous discoveries that wandering in the stacks can provide," said Suzanne Wones, Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovation, Harvard Library. "Yewno offers a way to experience both – the delight of discovering unexpected connections and the efficiency of high-performance computing."
"At MIT we are looking to engage the community's imagination in terms of innovative ways of discovering new connections and ideas," said Chris Bourg, PhD, Director, MIT Libraries. "Yewno provides a completely different perspective on information and could be one of the key ways of doing this."
"I don't call it a search engine, I call it a discovery environment because it recurrently allows researchers and students to go back to the original concepts they started with, or supported ones, and shape and reshape their hypotheses of engagement based on ideas, not based solely on expressions," said Michael Keller, Vice Provost & University Librarian, Stanford University Libraries. "This changes the world. I've been looking all my life for ways to get around the limitations of language, and technology, and data formats that are restrictive. I believe that Yewno technology will enhance research in ways that we can only begin to imagine."
"Student motivation includes learning and meeting deadlines. When students are overwhelmed by the vast resources available to them, they sometimes choose to settle for initial research results and don't delve further into information to find the best sources," said Cheryl McGrath, Director, MacPháidín Library. "I'm excited to incorporate Yewno Education at Stonehill College and help students access and visualize how they can incorporate high-quality content as they develop their ideas. In presentations to faculty and students conducting research, they have found new connections that are helping them to learn what are the questions they need to be asking and where they can find the answers."
Founded in 2011, Yewno is sparking curiosity, passion and the thirst for knowledge by building a new category of knowledge discovery that mimics how the human mind intuitively makes conceptual connections, allowing for dynamic linkages between related yet unstructured data. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in London, Yewno comprises a team of hands-on entrepreneurs, engineers and data scientists who have experience with technology startups and publicly traded stalwarts alike. Advancing a bold vision of enhancing human understanding, Yewno is venture-funded by Pacific Capital and currently has more than two dozen partnerships across top research universities, publishers and content aggregators worldwide. For more information, visit http://corp.yewno.com/
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