Seminaire: Cross-lingual Health (multi)Terminology/Ontology Portal, Grenoble, May 15th 2013

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Thu May 2 10:22:25 UTC 2013

Date: Thu, 2 May 2013 08:19:18 +0000
From: Cédric Lopez <clopez at>
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Seminar :
Cross-lingual Health (multi)Terminology/Ontology Portal

by Stefan Darmoni (, MD, PhD
Medical Informatics & CISMeF ( team, Rouen
University Hospital
May 15th 2013, 12:00-13:00
VISEO R&D - Le Pulsar - 4 av. du Doyen Louis Weil 38000 GRENOBLE

Description :

The Health Terminology/Ontology Portal (HeTOP) was developed to provide
easy access to health terminologies and ontologies. The repository is
not only dedicated to professionals but is also a valuable teaching
tool. Currently, it provides access to fourty five health terminologies
and ontologies available mainly in French or in English, but also in
German, Italian, Chinese, etc. HeTOP can be used by both humans and
computers via Web services.

To integrate new resources into HeTOP, three steps are necessary: (1)
designing a meta-model into which each terminology (or ontology) can be
integrated, (2) developing a process to include terminologies into
HeTOP, (3) building and integrating existing and new inter &
intra-terminology semantic harmonization into HeTOP. Currently, 600
unique machines use the MeSH version of HeTOP every day and restricted
terminologies/ontologies are used for teaching purposes in several
medical schools in France. The multilingual version of HeTOP is
available (URL: and provides free access to ICD10 and
FMA in ten languages.

Conclusion: HeTOP is a rich tool, useful for a wide range of
applications and users, especially in education and resource indexing
but also in information retrieval or performing audits in terminology

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