I can't wait for a project like Narrative Science to be combined with a bot that goes around scraping abstracts and research projects, and turning them into pop-sci news on a (not yet existing) automated news outlet. Because that would do something that open journals – and other open research approaches – have failed to do: raising knowledge accessibility by turning complex research into understandable articles.
And if such a portal does become one of the critical criteria in determining how effective publicly funded research is, then perhaps we would also see increased monitoring of these portals to consider comments that average folk like you and me have on all those complex projects and implications – and finally help to bridge the communications gap between the academic world, industry applications, and the general public.
Narrative Science raises $10M, taking it a step closer to automating this post
Narrative Science, the company that has developed software to automate writing reports based on structured data, has raised an additional $10 million in funding. The round — which brings overall funding to $32 million — was led by USAA, and from existing investors Sapphire Ventures (formerly SAP Ventures), Jump Capital and Battery Ventures. Note that USAA…