Yearb Med Inform 2015; 24(01): 125-133
DOI: 10.15265/IY-2015-002
Original Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart

Management of Dynamic Biomedical Terminologies: Current Status and Future Challenges

M. Da Silveira
1  Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
J. C. Dos Reis
2  Institute of Computing, University of Campinas, Cidade Universitária Zeferino Vaz, Campinas-SP, Brazil
C. Pruski
1  Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST), Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg
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Publication History

13 August 2015

Publication Date:
10 March 2018 (online)


Objectives: Controlled terminologies and their dependent artefacts provide a consensual understanding of a domain while reducing ambiguities and enabling reasoning. However, the evolution of a domain’s knowledge directly impacts these terminologies and generates inconsistencies in the underlying biomedical information systems. In this article, we review existing work addressing the dynamic aspect of terminologies as well as their effects on mappings and semantic annotations.

Methods: We investigate approaches related to the identification, characterization and propagation of changes in terminologies, mappings and semantic annotations including techniques to update their content.

Results and conclusion: Based on the explored issues and existing methods, we outline open research challenges requiring investigation in the near future.