9º World Congress on Health Information and Libraries

Salvador, Bahia - Brazil, September, 20 to 23 - 2005


4th Regional Coordination Meeting of the VHL

September, 19 to 20 - 2005

Barend Mons

Professor Associate in Biosemanthics, Departament of Medical Informatics, Erasmus Medical Center, University of Rotterdam  - Netherlands

Dr. Barend Mons
Office: Hoboken Ee.2106

Phone: +31-624879779

Dr. Barend Mons (1957, The Netherlands) obtained his MSc. (1981, Cum Laude) and his PhD. (1986) at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology.
He then performed over a decade of fundamental research on the genetic differentiation of malaria parasites and he published over 45 peer reviewed scientific papers.
Much of this research was conducted in close partnership with colleagues from malaria-endemic (developing) countries.
Then Barend was invited to assist the European Commissions as a Seconded National Expert with the task to develop and support international scientific networks, again, especially with developing countries as partners. This is where he became intrigued by the opportunities and challenges of international and multilingual networking in the context of the emerging Web technologies. He founded one of the first electronic interactive communicat ion systems for science networking with developing countries, SHARED http://sharingpoint.shared-global.org ) for which he started to (co-)design thesaurus based concept extraction technologies in order to match across languages and jargon, with the Erasmus University of Rotterdam as the major partner. Meanwhile he had returned to the Netherlands and joined the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (The National research Council, NWO) as a senior adviser on International Health Research. He was one of the founders in 1999 of the company Collexis (www.collexis.com), commercializing the technology developed originally for SHARED. A major NWO project initiated by Barend and his colleagues is an International Research management system with multiple research councils called I-Research (www.I-Research.org).
In 2002, Barend decided that he had spent enou gh t ime in science management and wanted to return to his real passion: research. At present, Barend is Associate Professor in Bio-Semantics at the Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus Medical Center, University of Rotterdam and Senior Adviser to the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO).
The Group in Rotterdam designs advanced systems for meta-analysis of large numbers of Scientific papers and other data-resources, such as data bases and annotations of molecules. The aim is to develop methods to master the exploding amounts of information generated by modern genomics and proteomics research and to enable in-silico experimentation. As a spin off, the technology is made available for commercialization on the one hand, but on the other hand, the University, in close collaboration with Collexis and NWO has arrangements in place to make the technology developed at the University and prepared for distribution by Collexis, available for Developing Countries under affordable conditions.
Recent publications on the topic of panel 6:

1 Thesaurus-based disambiguation of gene symbols
Bob J A Schijvenaars, Barend Mons, Marc Weeber, Martijn J Schuemie, Erik M van Mulligen, Hester M Wain, Jan A Kors
BMC Bioinformatics 2005, 6:149 (16 June 2005)
2.  Word sense disambiguation in the biomedical domain: an overview.
Schuemie MJ, Kors JA, Mons B
J Comput Biol 2005 Jun, 12:554-65
3.  Which gene did you mean?
Mons B
BMC Bioinformatics 2005 Jun 7, 6:142
4.  Co-occurrence based meta-analysis of scientific texts: retrieving biological relationships between genes.
Jelier R, Jenster G, Dorssers LC, van der Eijk CC, van Mulligen EM, Mons B, Kors JA
Bioinformatics 2005 May 1, 21:2049-58
5.  Contextual annotation of web pages for interactive browsing.
van Mulligen E, Diwersy M, Schijvenaars B, Weeber M, van der Eijk C, Jelier R, Schuemie M, Kors J, Mons B
Medinfo 2004, 11:94-8
6.  Distri butio n of information in biomedical abstracts and full-text publications.
Schuemie MJ, Weeber M, Schijvenaars BJ, van Mulligen EM, van der Eijk CC, Jelier R, Mons B, Kors JA
Bioinformatics 2004 Nov 1, 20:2597-604
7. van der Eijk, C.C., van Mulligen, E. M., Kors, J. A., Mons, B. and van den Berg, J. (2004) & quot;Constructing an Associative Concept Space for Literature-based Discovery & quot;, in Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 55(5): 436-444

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