Annotation of Colorectal Cancer Data Using the UMLS Metathesaurus

  • Marcos Martínez
  • José M. Vázquez
  • Javier Pereira
  • Alejandro Pazos
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5178)

Abstract

Reusing the data collected during an epidemiological study is a complex task. This is mainly due to the frequent utilization of traditional storage supports, as well as specific formats and/or terminologies which can make it difficult to integrate the gathered data with data from other information resources. Using terms from the UMLS Metathesaurus, we have annotated the data collected during the development of an epidemiological study of colorectal cancer funded by the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), which was carried out in Galicia, Spain. In our opinion, this annotation can facilitate integration of these data with data from other studies, allowing the future development of larger studies in a faster and more economical manner.

Keywords

Ontologies Knowledge Management Cancer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcos Martínez
    • 1
  • José M. Vázquez
    • 1
  • Javier Pereira
    • 1
  • Alejandro Pazos
    • 1
  1. 1.IMEDIR CenterUniversity of A CoruñaSpain

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