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Ontology mapping and data discovery for the translational investigator.

  • Author(s): Wynden, Rob
  • Weiner, Mark
  • Sim, Ida
  • Gabriel, Davera
  • Casale, Marco
  • Carini, Simona
  • Hastings, Shannon
  • Ervin, David
  • Tu, Samson
  • Gennari, John
  • Anderson, Nick
  • Mobed, Ketty
  • Lakshminarayanan, Prakash
  • Massary, Maggie
  • Cucina, Russ
  • et al.
Abstract

An integrated data repository (IDR) containing aggregations of clinical, biomedical, economic, administrative, and public health data is a key component of an overall translational research infrastructure. But most available data repositories are designed using standard data warehouse architecture that employs arbitrary data encoding standards, making queries across disparate repositories difficult. In response to these shortcomings we have designed a Health Ontology Mapper (HOM) that translates terminologies into formal data encoding standards without altering the underlying source data. We believe the HOM system promotes inter-institutional data sharing and research collaboration, and will ultimately lower the barrier to developing and using an IDR.

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