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Re: Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER)

From: Matt Williams <matthew.williams@cancer.org.uk>
Date: Wed, 03 Oct 2007 09:58:18 +0100
Message-ID: <470359AA.9010005@cancer.org.uk>
To: Alan Ruttenberg <alanruttenberg@gmail.com>
CC: public-semweb-lifesci hcls <public-semweb-lifesci@w3.org>

FWIW, I'd agree. I've used the data before for some work integrating 
Bayesian Nets & Ontologies (see 1 & 2). The data set is probably not 
(that) large by bioinformatics terms, but it is (clearly) clinically 
relevant, and so might help encourage clinically-minded people to have a 

The real "killer" might be to show how rdf-ing SEER data gives you an 
advantage - the obvious gain would be that if the SEER data were 
expressed in terms of a uniform ontology, it could link with some other 


1: http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/jw/2006/ObnetsPrognosis.pdf

2: http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/philosophy/jw/2006/extended_abstract.pdf

Alan Ruttenberg wrote:
> At a talk I attended today, this resource of patient cancer diagnoses 
> was mentioned as an example of publicly available clinical data. A quick 
> look over the documentation suggests it might be an interesting project 
> to produce an RDF version of the data set.
> http://seer.cancer.gov/data/
> The SEER limited-use data* include SEER incidence and population data 
> associated by age, sex, race, year of diagnosis, and geographic areas 
> (including SEER registry and county)
> -Alan

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