Welcome to Medolo.
Medolo is a community project for transforming scientific data found in patents into linked open data. It is a project for the 'scientific commons' that is for the profit of the scientific community.
Hybrid. Opening, linking and sharing data is more efficiently done in a non-profit setting because this facilitates collaboration and sharing among experts and developers. But we care also about usage development and integration of our products into industry solution. The way we organise reflects this double concern.
Time frame. The project is in the phase one; the set-up phase. At the beginning of this period, a core team will be set-up to support the project and funding will be raised for that before. During that period an international consortium will be set-up to develop a system allowing fast expert analysis and this will be financially supported by grants and managed by the core Medolo team. Finally, at the end of this period the project will be officially launched by the organisation of a symposium.
You. Funding supports the core team. The team supports the computer system and promotes Medolo. The system supports the community. You can take part in the community and become part of Medolo in different ways. Learn what you could bring to Medolo. In return Medolo will provide value to all its stakeholders. Learn how.
Technology and science. Patents are about technology, not science. Nevertheless, technology, science and IT are nowadays closely related and therefore, patents have become a focus point for technology and technological science. However, the usage of patent scientific data by scientists is limited. Patent are viewed mostly as property claims or a source of competitor intelligence.
Commodity. We want to make data available for scientists or solution providers, so that it become like a commodity for the users, something used via a computer solution of any kind. Again, this is a revolution because, in the eyes of scientists, patents are often only viewed as pieces of intellectual property.
Education. We want to educate about patents, science integration into technology. About the need for quality extraction of data, about the linking of data together, about open science data linked. For the scientific but also for the users and for the economical surrounding.
Commons. We believe that data should be shared with the scientific community as a common, that means for free and without restrictions. New ways of using data in science can emerge if the basic elements, linked open data, are available in good quality, freely and to anybody: scientists, for-profit solution providers, etc… We want to go in that direction.
Medolo is an initiative to make the scientific data embedded in patents accessible to all the scientific and related economic communities, easily and for free. Our product is data with context, tagged in a way that makes it usable by computers. This is call Linked Open Scientific Data.
It is the foundation for a new type of interaction with data and we believe many initiatives will emerge together with the availability of good quality open scientific data linked.
Medolo & You & Medolo.
Everybody has some interest.
But everyone give and take according to its specific tastes.
Make you choice
What can Medolo do for you?
We are all interested by getting the benefits of our investments and we expect some sort return for our effort.
Value creation is the first goal of Medolo. Value for the commons but also value for you in return for your contribution..
What can you do for Medolo?
Medolo is a Scientific project and will be a vast community must be gather over the years.
The project require a lot of different types of contributions and certainly you have something that you could share with Medolo.
Please select your profile, click on it and learn what Medolo can do for you.
Your profile doesn’t fit? Great!I am different!
Please select your profile, click on it and learn what you can do for Medolo.
Medolo is about knowledge. Clarifying the background of data and giving sense to it by expert is a real knowledge creation.
In addition a lot of knowledge is actually needed for building our system and organisation.
We want to capture also the knowledge created during the course of the project.
Medolo is organised for that around what can be called a university or a knowledge garden.
Science. Medolo is a community of expertises in sciences. Very specific expertises and training in data contextualisation. We need as much scientists as the vast variety of scientific domains that produce data in relation with technology.
Patents. Medolo is, as well, about patents even if with a very focused angle.This make our approach so original and complementary to the tools that already exists.
Thus we need to create a specific knowledge on patents and we need to teach patents basics to our experts.
Computing. At the same time, Medolo is an IT project which involve some computer science related specialities. Such a project, open source, need some pretty good organisation, respect of standards and rules.
Sharing and capturing knowledge is key. No need of fancy KM system but clear classification and access to it, discussion and diffusion.
Community. Medolo can be a large project and therefore it must be structured. The core of Medolo is the community. The plan is that Medolo community will become self-managed.
We base our knowledge on experience done elsewhere. Then we must adapt it and invent what is missing, we must build on solid grounds. Culture (simple) is the cement of the community
Culture. Such a community is always culture driven. At least an essential part of it is implicit and thus stored. The rest can also be capture in more flexible ways. This is an essential requirement for the functioning and efficiency of the project.
University. In the end we produce, share, teach and learn. Knowledge sharing and community spirit are linked and place where this happen is our Medolo University.
Browse the different knowledge fields & participate to the knowledge elaboration.
Let’s build a team.
An initiative. Medolo is still in its starting phase. We call it “The Medolo project” phase or Medolo initiative: the organisation is not set up yet, a framework of it is outlined and guiding principles are written down. The first step is to build the team and to gather the necessary funding for it.
A team of five or six will be gather. Its role is nor to work directly on the patent analysis, nor to develop the system associated with Medolo. The team is not in competition with contributors, it serve Medolo for tasks that cannot be done by a virtual community.
All the staff will be hired by the Medolo coop.
You can participate to the elaboration of the team.The team page
Let’s finance the project.
The hybrid nature of Medolo make that organisation robust because Medolo create value for its stakeholders and for its economical environment. Medolo coop is key concerning the financial part of the project.
Projects. The actual phase of the project will gradually put in place the necessary funding for the team, the basic assets, the promotion and launch of Medolo.
Start-up. Medolo will find additional resources for collaboration project that we will manage. The operation surplus will be distributed to Medolo Institute.
You can participate to the fund raising either by a contribution or by contacting for Medolo potential contributors.More information
The wiki is, during this initial phase, our main instrument for elaborating our knowledge.
Texts that appear on this web site come from the Wiki. There they are worked, commented and corrected. Much more detailed information will be found there, with links and references.
It is a collaboration space where you can try things. Please sign-in and play. It’s convivial and close to easy.
Medolo Starting Guide
This document give more insight on the project. Its a 100 pages document but In can be read in only 16 if you don’t dig into details. We encourage you to read it.
The start-up guide is readable online but you can receive it at no cost, you can even ask for additional copies to give around you to people that might help the fundraising campaign.
Posts and news.
Except some part of this page and some other basic presentation page, this site is mostly post-based.
Most of them are not open for discussion in order to concentrate the discussion on our wiki. It’s much more convenient.
Let’s see the most recent posts or news. Please have a look to the help needed page (Request for contribution, RFC).