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Re: World Health Organisation International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) Ontology?

From: Phil Tetlow <philip.tetlow@uk.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2004 06:06:51 -0500
To: Alan Rector <rector@cs.man.ac.uk>
Cc: SWBPD list <public-swbp-wg@w3.org>
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Alan,

Many thanks. I appreciate the complications here. Given the importance of
such a categorisation scheme I was interested to see if anyone had even
attempted to 'bite the bullet' already. Your reply addresses a number of
my background concerns.

Many thanks

Phil Tetlow
Senior Consultant
IBM Business Consulting Services
Mobile. (+44) 7740 923328


                                                                           
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                                       Diseases  (ICD-10) Ontology?        
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           
                                                                           




Phil

I think I can say definitively that there is not an RDF/OWL version
publicly
available.

Also before working on a public version, one needs to sort the copyright
issues
with WHO who have not in the past encouraged such ventures, but whose
attitudes
are changing.

There are also a host of issues around representing the idiosyncrasies of
ICD in
any formal way - its dagger/asterisk notation, exclusions, inclusions,
residual
categories ('not otherwise specified', 'not elsewhere classified', etc.).
On
top of that there is a whole second volume of rules concerning details of
how
things are to be classified when several conditions are present, and a long
'index' which in effect provides an extension to the meaning of the
classifications.

We have always mapped to the required subset rather than attempting to
represent
it directly in a a logic based formalism.  There should be material on the
openGalen website on this.  If it is not obvious, Jeremy Rogers and/or
Pieter
Zanstra (see cc above) can point you to the relevant papers and resources.


Regards

Alan



Phil Tetlow wrote:

> I am currently working with a UK Government Department who have a need to
> utilise The World Health Organisation’s disease classification systems
> ICD10, ICD11 and ICDF. Google shows a lot of codification work on this,
but
> does anyone happen to know if there is an RDF/OWL representation
available?
> If not, would anyone in the WG be interested in looking at this?
>
> Kind Regards
>
> Phil Tetlow
> Senior Consultant
> IBM Business Consulting Services
> Mobile. (+44) 7740 923328

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