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Software pipeline for automated extraction and annotation of image datasets from science journals

In a Patterns paper, scientists present a toolkit for automatic extraction and annotation of images from the scientific literature by use of rule-based natural language processing and image recognition.

Scientific Achievement

The EXSCLAIM! toolkit was developed for automatic extraction and annotation of images from the scientific literature employing natural language processing and image recognition. This tool was used for the creation of a large electron microscopy dataset with keyword annotations.

Significance and Impact

While EXSCLAIM! is designed for extraction and self-labelling of electron microscopy images of materials, its methodology is transferable to diverse scientific domains generating high volumes of image data.

Research Details

  • Quantitative performance measures for image classification and keyword labeling accuracy are provided for both a crowdsourced-labeled dataset and an extracted dataset of nanostructure figures from Nature-family journals.

DOI: 10.1016/j.patter.2023.100843

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