White House Issues Call to Action to AI Experts Amid COVID-19 Dataset Launch; Michael Kratsios Quoted

Michael Kratsios
Michael Kratsios

The White House has called on artificial intelligence professionals to come up with new data and text mining processes to help answer key scientific questions about the new coronavirus.

The call to action was made after researchers from Microsoft, Allen Institute for AI, Georgetown University’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology, the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative unveiled the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset, the White House said Monday.

The CORD-19 dataset represents a machine-readable collection of over 29,000 articles related to COVID-19, including over 13K articles with full-text, available for data mining efforts.

“Decisive action from America’s science and technology enterprise is critical to prevent, detect, treat, and develop solutions to COVID-19,” said Michael Kratsios, U.S. chief technology officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner. “The White House will continue to be a strong partner in this all hands-on-deck approach. We thank each institution for voluntarily lending its expertise and innovation to this collaborative effort, and call on the United States research community to put artificial intelligence technologies to work in answering key scientific questions about the novel Coronavirus.”

Researchers planning to respond to the call can submit their data and text mining insights and tools through Google Cloud’s Kaggle platform.

Stakeholders will continue to update the CORD-19 resource on Allen Institute’s Semantic Scholar website as new research articles get published in peer-reviewed publications and archival services.

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