HealthFinland—A national semantic publishing network and portal for health information

Osma Suominen, Eero Hyvönen, Kim Viljanen, Eija Hukka


Providing citizens with reliable, up-to-date and individually relevant health information on the Web is
done by governmental, non-governmental, business and other organizations. Currently the information
is published with little co-ordination and co-operation between the publishers. For publishers, this means
duplicated work and costs due to publishing same information twice on many websites. Also maintaining
links between websites requires work. From the citizens point of view, finding content is difficult due to
e.g. differences in layman’s vocabularies compared to medical terminology and difficulties in aggregating
information from several sites.
To solve these problems, we present a national scale semantic publishing system HealthFinland which
consists of (1) a centralized content infrastructure of health ontologies and services with tools, (2) a distributed
semantic content creation channel based on several health organizations, and (3) an intelligent
semantic portal aggregating and presenting the contents from intuitive and health promoting end-user
perspectives for human users as well as for other websites and portals.

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Type of Paper: Research Paper
Keywords: Semantic portal; Metadata; Faceted search; Content aggregation; Ontology service
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