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Re: New proposal: health & medical extensions to schema.org

From: Adam Wood <adam.michael.wood@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 16:10:54 -0500
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To: public-vocabs@w3.org
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On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Aaron Brown <abbrown@google.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> As I’ve alluded to before on this list
> (http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-vocabs/2012Feb/0053.html), over
> the past 6 months, a few of us at Google and other institutions have been
> working on a set of schema.org extensions to cover the health and medical
> domain. After several internal iterations and a lot of feedback from initial
> reviewers (including the US NCBI; physicians at Harvard, Stanford, and Duke;
> the major search engines; and a few health web sites), we think we have a
> solid draft and would like to open it for public feedback as a step toward
> incorporating it into schema.org.
>
> The proposed health/medical schema can be found at
> http://schemaorg-medicalext.appspot.com/ which includes an introduction as
> well as a snapshot of the type hierarchy and several markup examples. It's
> also linked on the w3 wiki at
> http://www.w3.org/wiki/WebSchemas/MedicalHealthProposal. As you'll see this
> is a substantial piece of work, so we’d welcome feedback and detailed review
> comments on the specifics (please follow up to this email).
>
> For those interested in more background on the approach: our goal is to
> create schema that webmasters and content publishers can use to mark up
> health and medical content on the web, with a particular focus on markup
> that will help patients, physicians, and generally health-interested
> consumers find relevant health information via search. The scope of coverage
> for the schema is broad, and is intended to cover both consumer- and
> professionally-targeted health and medical web content (of course, any
> particular piece of online health/medical content is likely to use only a
> subset of the schema). We’ve worked with physicians, consumer web sites, and
> government health organizations to get input into the key topics and
> properties to model and to refine the schema structure and type/property
> documentation.
>
> Note that it is explicitly not our goal to replace the many very good and
> comprehensive medical ontologies, meta-thesaurii, or controlled vocabularies
> that have been created over the years; our focus has been instead on
> creating complementary, lightweight markup that surfaces the existence of
> and relationships between entities in health/medical web pages. When other
> ontologies and/or controlled vocabularies are available, our proposed schema
> can link to and take advantage of them, e.g. via the code property of
> MedicalEntity. It is also not an initial goal to support automated
> reasoning, medical records coding, or genomic tagging, as these would
> require substantially more detailed (and hence high barrier-to-entry)
> modeling and markup; they could be considered for future extensions.
>
> We look forward to your feedback!
>
> Thanks,
>
> Aaron Brown (Google)
>
> --
> Aaron Brown | Senior Product Manager | Google, Inc. | New York, NY
Received on Monday, 14 May 2012 22:57:59 GMT

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