DISK DISK: Automated DIscovery of Scientific Knowledge

DISK is a novel framework to test and revise hypotheses based on automatic analysis of scientific data repositories that grow over time. Given an input hypothesis, DISK is able to search for appropriate data to test it and revise it accordingly, and does this continuously as new data be-comes available. DISK is also capable of triggering new kinds of analyses when new kinds of data become available. The provenance of the revised hypotheses is recorded, with all the details of the analyses. Ongoing research includes extending DISK to generate interactive explanations for scientists based on provenance records, developing a general approach to the design of meta-workflows, handling more complex hypotheses, and exploring the use of this approach in other areas of science.

We are currently using DISK with multi-omics data from a seminal cancer study, climate data from the LinkedEarth platform and other examples. See the portals section for more information.


Find out how you can use DISK to test and revise hypotheses. Documentation

Source code

DISK is open source and available as Git repositories. Please read the Developer Documentation for more information.