Welcome to project ConceptWiki

The  ConceptWiki is a open access repository of editable concepts, each with a UUID. The ConceptWiki features tables containing other identifiers (from various databases) and associated terminological information. Apart from identifiers and synonyms, additional information for each concept, such as a definition and or semantic type, is available by clicking on a "More about this concept" link. The ConceptWiki focuses on life sciences concepts and people working within the life sciences domains. The terminology and identifiers will be freely downloadable from the ConceptWiki and can be used to as a thesaurus to identify concept-denoting tokens in text and databases.

Contents and Functionality of the ConceptWiki

The ConceptWiki has two major types of content, Life sciences concepts and people pages, called WikiPeople. These two sections have been filled using information provided by several members of the Concept Web Alliance consortium to jumpstart a medium capable of developing valuable knowledge repositories. The main focus of the life science and medical section is to include pertinent concepts due to their role in biology and disease. To every concept, scientists can add new or edit existing textual commentary, for example, to nuance or describe new biological functions or processes. It will also be possible to establish links between two records to illustrate pertinent connections. All modifications are attributed to the participating scientist and certain granting agencies have indicated that they are interested in using the resulting contributions as indices of scholarly achievement. The WikiPeople? section is a forum for scientists to display their published works and the author pages can be modified and enhanced by the individual.where you can find more than a million biomedical concepts, and more than million authors.

Authors who have published works cited in PubMed have a personal WikiPeople page. This page features their publications, their concepts of interests, and an "also referred to as" table where they can enter other spellings of their name or nicknames. Each scientist represented in WikiPeople has the opportunity to ‘authorize’ their page to confirm that the information shown is correct. Authors can edit the publication list shown on the page; remove publications that have been assigned to them incorrectly or add publications that erroneously missed. Scientists can merge two pages that have been pre-constructed based on two variant spellings (synonyms) of their name to create a comprehensive page. A list of concepts derived from the publications, called Concepts of Interest, is displayed and can be edited.

License and availability

The Conceptwiki code is available under the  Apache license, version 2.

Different versions of ConceptWiki are available at the following locations:

We have a versioning policy detailing how we work with versions.

Project Documentation

Mailing lists

This project provides the following mailing lists.

Source access

Subversion access works as follows:

  svn co https://trac.nbic.nl/svn/conceptwiki/trunk/code/conceptwiki conceptwiki

Access is currently only available to registered developers. We will be preparing for a general release soon.

You can become a developer by  registering yourself if you haven't already done so, and requesting write access on the  conceptwiki-users mailing list.

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