The pharmaceutical industry is finding natural products a source of chemical and biological inspiration. Science Trends brought this interesting topic to us in their article, “Pharmacognosy In The Digital Era.”

Pharmacognosy is defined as the study of biologically active natural products and their uses by humans for healing purposes. Though you may not have heard of it before, it is not a new area of study. Different societies have access to different methods to gain insight into the effects of natural products, and they have for hundreds of years.

Though they may now be managed through databases established with machine learning technology, that wasn’t always the case. However, there is a need for an efficient system for knowledge acquisition and sharing. Pharmacognosy is an intensely data-rich natural science founded in taxonomy, chemistry, and biology. Despite the ever-increasing volume of data being acquired and accumulated, most are not widely accessible and even less properly curated, annotated, or qualified. Making the content findable is important to knowledge management.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.