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Figure 1: The SourceData searchable knowledge graph.


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The SourceData project is supported by the Robert Bosch Stiftung and EMBO (T.L.) and partially funded by Vital-IT from the SIB (I.X.). We thank the content enrichment team at Wiley and 67 Bricks for their support in the project and for the implementation of the website and the members of the EMBO Press editorial team and Wiley Editorial Staff working on EMBO Press for testing and feedback during the project. We thank M. Sankar for building a Docker image of the sd-graph neo4j database.

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Supplementary Figure 1 Distribution of the tagged terms in SourceData.

(a) Proportion of tagged terms according to the type of the corresponding biological entity. (b) Proportions of tagged terms according to their role in the experimental design.

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Definitions and curation guide (HTML).

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Scripts to build the sd-graph neo4j database.

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Liechti, R., George, N., Götz, L. et al. SourceData: a semantic platform for curating and searching figures. Nat Methods 14, 1021–1022 (2017).

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