We will get a better idea in 2-3 days when we talk with people involved. At present I suggest we go with Zika. This would include:
- OpenNotebookScience - we do everything in the open and get volunteers for the knowledge
- we concentrate on collecting all published knowledge for Zika. This includes grey literature.
- the finished product will be a "knowledge toolkit" for Zika with search tools and personalisation.
The message should be that we are keeping an open mind about what Zika does, how it is spread, whether it's linked to microcephaly (and what else might be linked to microcephaly)
When we are successful with this, it's a model for other tropical diseases.
Looking for "Zika" as a keyword is not enough. We have to search for all the facets which relate to Zika. These may include:
- infective agents (viruses, parasites, bacteria)
- vectors (mosquitoes, ticks, etc.)
- ecology (forests, water, etc.)
- hosts (humans, monkeys, birds, etc.)
- public health
- chemicals (insecticides, pesticides, toxicity, dispersal, metabolism...)
- human society
(This list is incomplete)
At this stage ContentMine deliberately does NOT have hypotheses (there are enough of these already). We are gathering knowledge against which hypotheses can be tested. If we decide now that some information is not relevant, then we will never be able to include it in your testing.
We also hope that machine learning and human intuition may find patterns which generate hypotheses.