Methods Inf Med 2000; 39(01): 16-21
DOI: 10.1055/s-0038-1634257
Original Article
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Understanding Terminological Systems I: Terminology and Typology

N. F. de Keizer
1  Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
,
A. Abu-Hanna
1  Department of Medical Informatics, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
,
J. H. M. Zwetsloot-Schonk
2  Julius Center for Patient Oriented Research, Utrecht University Medical School, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Publication Date:
07 February 2018 (online)

Abstract:

Terminological systems are an important research issue within the field of medical informatics. For precise understanding of existing terminological systems a referential framework is needed that provides a uniform terminology and typology of terminological systems themselves. In this article a uniform terminology is described by putting relevant fundamental notions and definitions used by standard organizations such as CEN and ISO into perspective, and interrelating them to arrive at a useful typology of terminological systems. This typology is illustrated by applying it to five well-known existing terminological systems.