Knowledge Environments

We believe we can accelerate the sharing and awareness of scientific knowledge by funding strong existing programs and building tools to advance the field. Here are some of our efforts in these areas:

Computable Knowledge

In January 2018, we announced 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.


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