Re: New proposal: health & medical extensions to

applicable, a medical specialty in which this term is relevant.

For the above  MedicalEntity<>
I would advise replacing "term" with "entity".  A potential snafu there.

On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Aaron Brown <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> As Ive alluded to before on this list (
> over the past 6 months, a few of us at Google and other institutions have
> been working on a set of 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
> The proposed health/medical schema can be found at
> 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
> As you'll see
> this is a substantial piece of work, so wed 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). Weve 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


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