Dr Peter Murray-Rust and Dr Jenny Molloy started ContentMine in 2014,
Peter and Jenny saw the potential of open source tools to assist in the research process and to extract facts from all forms of data. They started to develop the technology that would enable them to do so.
Dr Peter Murray-Rust is Reader Emeritus in Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridge and has a long record of involvement in the automated analysis of data in scientific publication. Peter was jointly responsible for the development of the Chemical Markup Language and is on the Advisory board of Open Knowledge International and is a co-author of the Panton Principles for Open scientific data.
In 2014 he was granted a Fellowship by the Shuttleworth Foundation to develop the automated mining of facts from scientific literature and this work laid the basis for ContentMine.
Dr Jenny Molloy is a molecular biologist by training who became deeply interested in the role and impact of open science and open IP in research and innovation. She now coordinates and directs a range of initiatives that increase access to scientific tools through open and collaborative approaches. Jenny became a co-founder and Director of ContentMine to liberate data from a scholarly publishing system that is holding back the progress of science through legal and technical barriers. She hopes to lower those barriers by putting modern informatics and mining tools in the hands of many more researchers, enabling them to query and analyse the literature at scale.
Jenny is also Coordinator for OpenPlant and the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative at the University of Cambridge and a Director of Biomakespace (Cambridge's non-profit community laboratory for engineering with biology).