PRIOR - PRepublicatIOn Radar (Round 4)

Germany Project type: prototype Science Media Center Germany gGmbH


PRIOR, the PRepublicatIOn Radar, will be an integrated tool for science journalists to keep up to date with the latest scientific research, enabling them to detect and filter potentially interesting studies in a diverse set of scientific journals. In this project the SMC Lab will work together with the Information Retrieval Group at TH Köln (University of Applied Science).

The solution

PRIOR will extract, harmonise and process new embargoed research publications to allow searching, browsing and filtering. The prototype will work with two modules: a data extraction framework as well as a web-based user interface to find new and relevant scientific publications. Journalists who report on science or fight ‘alternative facts’ need fast access to up-to-date and reliable information. One research paper is published every 13 seconds - this tool will identify which of these many publications are relevant. The aim is to increase the probability of science journalists identifying major breakthroughs of significance to the broader public.