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Creating a Pain Relieving Thesaurus at Roche

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r. Horst Baumgarten, Head of Information Management at Roche Professional Diagnostics was recently interviewed regarding Roche’s projects in semantic technologies and linked date. Baumgarten spoke in detail about Roche’s thesaurus project

Dr. Horst Baumgarten, Head of Information Management at Roche Professional Diagnostics was recently interviewed regarding Roche’s projects in semantic technologies and linked data. Baumgarten spoke in detail about Roche’s thesaurus project: “We [at Roche] face very different interpretations of terms like Thesaurus, Ontology, Glossary, Abbreviation list and many more. Thus we decided to talk about a ‘Glossary for Roche’ only and it contains a mixture of data sources. But the technical solution is to manage this variety of data with just one tool for Thesaurus-Management. We start with abbreviation lists and glossaries including many synonyms and will push it into a true Thesaurus in the very near future.”

Baumgarten goes on to discuss the problems that are solved with the Thesaurus approach: “The primary problem is a universal one, not finding the needed information in a short time. We want to drastically reduce the search time at least for this very special topic, the glossaries at Roche. To be honest, this can only be a ‘pain relieve’ because it is impossible to make all relevant data in such a big company like Roche available ‘at a finger tip’.”

Baumgarten also discusses the semantic web and linked data generally in the interview, stating, “I am fascinated about the chance to access very different data sources – with the help of semantic technologies – in a dramatically more efficient way than in the past. As an example, my colleagues from Pharma Development have made more than 100 external ontologies available for internal purposes and their colleagues from Diagnostics can use these ontologies too.”

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