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Semantic web components based on description logic using the galen medical terminology: building blocks for knowledge bases and decision support systems in medicine

Grant number: 99/04291-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research
Effective date (Start): September 14, 1999
Effective date (End): September 13, 2000
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Medicine
Principal researcher:Marcio Biczyk Do Amaral
Grantee:Marcio Biczyk Do Amaral
Host: Alan L. Rector
Home Institution: Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da USP (HCFMUSP). Secretaria da Saúde (São Paulo - Estado). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Research place: University of Manchester, England  


In this project we apply Description Logic (DL) modeling tools to reconstruct part of the GALEN Medical Terminology. Our objective is to explore the power of DL to construct a set of medical objects for multiple purposes based on linguistic knowledge and logical relations. A sub area of Medicine is selected (hypertensive disease) and we build 'knowledge pieces'. Our research hypothesis is that the representation of medical knowledge using Description Logic can be used by Object-Oriented methods and technologies in order to implement 'semantic web components'. Those components are then stored into a web server containing medical objects for multiple use, including the construction of a DSS. (AU)

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