Go3R – Semantic internet search engine for alternative methods to animal testing

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Ursula G. Sauer , Thomas Wächter, Barbara Grune, Andreas Doms, Michael R. Alvers, Horst Spielmann, Michael Schroeder
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Consideration and incorporation of all available scientific information is an important part of the planning of any scientific project. As regards research with sentient animals, EU Directive 86/609/EEC for the protection of laboratory animals requires scientists to consider whether any planned animal experiment can be substituted by other scientifically satisfactory methods not entailing the use of animals or entailing less animals or less animal suffering, before performing the experiment. Thus, collection of relevant information is indispensable in order to meet this legal obligation. However, no standard procedures or services exist to provide convenient access to the information required to reliably determine whether it is possible to replace, reduce or refine a planned animal experiment in accordance with the 3Rs principle. The search engine Go3R, which is available free of charge under http://Go3R.org, runs up to become such a standard service. Go3R is the world-wide first search engine on alternative methods building on new semantic technologies that use an expert-knowledge based ontology to identify relevant documents. Due to Go3R’s concept and design, the search engine can be used without lengthy instructions. It enables all those involved in the planning, authorisation and performance of animal experiments to determine the availability of non-animal methodologies in a fast, comprehensive and transparent manner. Thereby, Go3R strives to significantly contribute to the avoidance and replacement of animal experiments.

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Sauer, U. G., Wächter, T., Grune, B., Doms, A., Alvers, M. R., Spielmann, H. and Schroeder, M. (2009) “Go3R – Semantic internet search engine for alternative methods to animal testing”, ALTEX - Alternatives to animal experimentation, 26(1), pp. 17–31. doi: 10.14573/altex.2009.1.17.

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