The volume of scientific research is overwhleming. And even the little sliver that each scientist manages to absorb quickly gets forgotten or remains disjointed with a system to integrate the facts.
To solve this problem, renowed neuroscientist Alcino Silva and colleagues have developed a tool called Research Maps to allow researchers to build a graph database of scientific findings from the literature.
ResearchMaps integrates and summarizes large amounts of causal information with a searchable, graphical format.
The original article describing this tool can be found here:
While designed mostly for biomedical researchers, I think this tool can provide some lessons and inspiration for how this tool and ones like it (e.g. graph databases) can be applied to other domains.