An ontology based personal exposure history
Proceedings of the ACM international conference on Health informatics - IHI '10
Health monitoring and disease surveillance systems can benefit from the integration of multiple data sources and semantic web technologies The development and management of exposure histories is one particular area that requires integration of data from multiple sources. Exposure histories capture the spatial and temporal dimensions of possible disease exposure events and convey the dynamic factors within individuals' environments. Data sources for an exposure history might include numerous
... rnmental, institutional and community records which document people's relationships with various locations. Existing monitoring networks and new wireless sensor networks also provide data on toxic agents in the environment. This paper describes the development of an ontology for a personal exposure history (PEH) that specifies explicit relationships between persons and locations and locations and putative environmental toxic agents. These relationships provide a foundation for making inferences about person to putative toxic exposure relationships. The PEH ontology defines a framework of concepts and relationships on which to integrate data from heterogeneous sources. The ontology does not capture a complete exposure profile as yet, but instead represents key spatial and temporal concepts and demonstrates how these can be queried using current semantic web technologies.