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AMIA Jt Summits Transl Sci Proc. 2012;2012:20-9. Epub 2012 Mar 19.

Semantator: annotating clinical narratives with semantic web ontologies.

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Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Mayo Clinic 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905.

Abstract

To facilitate clinical research, clinical data needs to be stored in a machine processable and understandable way. Manual annotating clinical data is time consuming. Automatic approaches (e.g., Natural Language Processing systems) have been adopted to convert such data into structured formats; however, the quality of such automatically extracted data may not always be satisfying. In this paper, we propose Semantator, a semi-automatic tool for document annotation with Semantic Web ontologies. With a loaded free text document and an ontology, Semantator supports the creation/deletion of ontology instances for any document fragment, linking/disconnecting instances with the properties in the ontology, and also enables automatic annotation by connecting to the NCBO annotator and cTAKES. By representing annotations in Semantic Web standards, Semantator supports reasoning based upon the underlying semantics of the owl:disjointWith and owl:equivalentClass predicates. We present discussions based on user experiences of using Semantator.

PMID:
22779043
PMCID:
PMC3392053

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