Networked Information Systems
Institute of Computer Science
Freie Universität Berlin

Semantic Web for Pathology.

The project "A Semantic Web for Pathology" aims to realize a Semantic Web based retrieval system for the domain of "lung pathology". For this purpose the pathology data is annotated with semantic references and the textual pathology reports are used as descriptions of what the associated images represent. The annotation process is realized using ontology based text processing algorithms i.e. NLP heuristics using a domain ontology representing background medical knowledge, which also serves as a vocabulary in order to control the retrieval process.

The system is based on Semantic Web standards like XML, RDF(S), OWL and RuleML as well as well known medical standards and patterns (UMLS, HL7, SCORM).

The project is realized cooperation with the university hospital CharitÚ, Institute of Pathology (Dr. Thomas Schrader) and the University Potsdam, Department of Computer Linguistics (Prof. Manfred Stede). It is funded by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft German Research Foundation).


Prof. Dr. Ing. Robert Tolksdorf
Freie Universitńt Berlin, Institute of Computer Science
Takustr. 9, 14195 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 838 75223
Email: tolk@inf.fu berlin.de

Dr. med. Dipl.med.Inf.(FH) Thomas Schrader
University Hospital CharitÚ, Institute for Pathology
Schumanstr. 20 21, 10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 450 536113
Email: thomas.schrader@charite.de

Prof. Dr. Manfred Stede
University Potsdam, Institute for Linguistics
Postfach 601553, 14415 Potsdam
Phone: +49 331 977 2691
Email: stede@ling.uni potsdam.de