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HCLS Related Tools and Content

This page contains information on Health Care and Life Science related Semantic Web resources. The reader should also consult the Semantic Web Tool wiki site maintained by the W3C Semantic Web activity and the Semantic Web Community at large. Some of the tools listed there are particularly relevant in the Health Care and Life Science Domain, due to the focus of their development. These are:

The order in the listings below does not reflect any assessement of the product or tool; simple alphanumeric order is used.

HCLS related Vocabularies and Standards

ANSI Healthcare Infromation Technology Standards Panel 
The Panel concentrates on standards to specifically enable and support widespread interoperability among healthcare software applications
Biological Images for Scientific Research (BioImage) provides the scientific community with a freely-accessible database of multidimensional digital images of biological research relevance with deep descriptive metadata
BioPAX is a collaborative effort to create a data exchange format for biological pathway data
Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) 
The mission of CDISC is to develop and support global, platform-independent data standards that enable information system interoperability to improve medical research and related areas of healthcare.
European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA)  
The EMEA Guidelines for good practice is a unified standard for the European Union (EU), Japan and the United States to facilitate the mutual acceptance of clinical data by the regulatory authorities in these jurisdictions
A European platform for access and retrieval of full text and factual information in the Life Sciences
National e-Science Centre in the UK
The Foundation Model of Anatomy (FMA) of the University of Washington
Gene Ontology 
The Gene Ontology project provides a controlled vocabulary to describe gene and gene product attributes in any organism
Health Level Seven is one of several American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) operating in the healthcare arena. Its Structural vocabulary is of a particular importance here.
National Center for Biomedical Ontology 
consortium of leading biologists, clinicians, informaticians, and ontologists. The center refers to a number of ontologies, eg, Open Biomedical Ontologies
National Library of Medicine’s UMLS 
Unified Medical Language System of the US National Library of Medicine
NCI Metathesaurus 
Meta thesaurus browser of the US National Cancer Institute
SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) is a dynamic, scientifically validated clinical health care terminology and infrastructure
WHO’s ICD10 
The International Classification of Diseases 10 by the World Health Organization


Bookmarks for Semweb-LifeSci
Ontology based literature search on top of PubMed
An alternative interface to the PubMed medical literature database
UniProt protein sequence and annotation data in RDF format