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Wikidata: A large-scale collaborative ontological medical database

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posted on 18.02.2020 by Houcemeddine Turki, Thomas Shafee, Mohamed Ali Hadj Taieb, Mohamed Ben Aouicha, Denny Vrandečić, Diptanshu Das, Helmi Hamdi
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Highlights:
• Wikidata is a flexible biomedical semantic knowledge-base
• It has the potential to perform a much better role as a large-scale biomedical semantic resource
• It has the potential to perform a far-increased role as a large-scale biomedical semantic resource
• Tools are available to query, enrich, verify and process the biomedical knowledge

Abstract: Created in October 2012, Wikidata is a large-scale, human-readable, machine-readable, multilingual, multidisciplinary, centralized, editable, structured, and linked knowledge-base with an increasing diversity of use cases. Here, we raise awareness of the potential use of Wikidata as a useful resource for biomedical data integration and semantic interoperability between biomedical computer
systems. We show the data model and characteristics of Wikidata and explain how this database can be automatically processed by users as well as by computer methods and programs. Then, we give an overview of the medical entities and relations provided by the database and of how they can be useful for various medical purposes such as clinical decision support.

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