Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Elsevier Collaborate in New Advanced Data & Text (HEADT) Centre

Cooperative venture to explore early detection of research integrity issues and to develop tools for Text & Data Mining

Berlin, April 25, 2016

Humboldt-Innovation GmbH, the technology transfer office of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced the launch of the Humboldt Elsevier Advanced Data & Text (HEADT) Centre. The HEADT Centre brings together experts from Elsevier and researchers from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin to explore innovative ways to better serve the needs of researchers, practitioners and other members of the scientific community in order to reduce barriers to mining content and to identify research misconduct. The Centre wants to enhance basic research in these fields.

Two projects will run under the umbrella of this cooperative venture of Humboldt-Innovation and Elsevier. The first project aims to provide scalable computing infrastructures and algorithms to improve computer-aided discovery, enhancing the efficiency of text and data mining (TDM). The project is led by Johann-Christoph Freytag, Professor for Databases and Information Systems at the Humboldt-Universität with support from Dr. Flavio Villanustre, Vice President of Technology Architecture and Product for LexisNexis and leads the High Performance Computing Cluster (HPCC) Systems at Elsevier. The second project will focus on research integrity issues such as plagiarism, image manipulation, data falsification and fabrication, which pose important problems for researchers, universities and publishers alike. This project is headed by Professor Michael Seadle, Director of the School and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities I at Humboldt-Universität. He is supported by Dr. IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg, Senior Vice President of Research Integrity at Elsevier.

TDM and research integrity are important research areas for both Humboldt-Universität and Elsevier. “Our collaboration will draw on strengths in areas like digital resources, data quality, big data and research integrity”, explains Prof. Michael Seadle. “Elsevier will provide internal experts, access to its research text and data and large scale technology via text and data mining platforms including HPCC Systems and ScienceDirect. It is a great opportunity for both of us to work together on such important topics.”

To researchers, digital technologies open new ways of receiving and analyzing scientific texts and data. At the same time, managing the ever-growing volume of scholarly content requires targeted TDM and introduces the challenge of mitigating the risks of research misconduct. So far, interdisciplinary research within these research areas is missing. “At Humboldt-Universität, we are strongly committed to being the home of research excellence,” says Professor Dr. Peter A. Frensch, Vice President for Research at Humboldt-Universität. “We believe that the HEADT Centre will contribute to the research community and will support researchers and practitioners in making future scientific breakthroughs."

"Researchers of Humboldt-Universität and Elsevier are devoted to quality, technology and research excellence," adds Dr. Nick Fowler, Chief Academic Officer at Elsevier. "Both organizations embrace the great responsibility that comes with this dedication. Through the HEADT Centre, we are jointly dedicated to developing services and tools that add true value to research in order to empower knowledge creation and sharing. We are delighted to launch the HEADT Centre to develop services and tools that will help to create science that will benefit all of society."

The two projects of the HEADT Centre will run over a three-year period and will be managed by Melanie Rügenhagen. The institute plans to launch additional research projects in collaboration with partners from the international science community.

More information can be found on the HEADT Centre website:


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HEADT Official Signing: Prof. Peter A. Frensch, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Dr. Nick Fowler, Elsevier (left to right)

HEADT Official Signing: Prof. Michael Seadle, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Prof. Peter A. Frensch, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Dr. Nick Fowler, Elsevier and Prof. Johann-Christoph Freytag, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (left to right)

About Humboldt-Innovation GmbH
The Humboldt-Innovation GmbH (HI) is the company of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. As a wholly-owned subsidiary and the knowledge and technology transfer office of the university, HI acts as a liaison between university and industry – between science and business.

About Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
In June 2012 Humboldt-Universität was one of eleven German universities to be chosen as a "University of Excellence". It was successful in all three funding lines in the third round of the Excellence Initiative of the German federal and state governments and awarded for its future concept “Educating Enquiring Minds: Individuality – Openness – Guidance”. In an international comparison, Humboldt-Universität ranks among the top ten of German universities. Scientists here research socially relevant topics and challenges of the future and communicate these with the public. Humboldt-Universität invests all its energy in being a place of excellent research and teaching. Its aim is to promote young talents and to positively influence society and economy outside the university framework.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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