December 5, 2020

Linked Data: NLM Releases Beta Phase of MeSH RDF

From the National Library of Medicine:

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce a second beta release of MeSH® (Medical Subject Headings) RDF around June 18, 2015.

The first beta release of MeSH RDF was published in November 2014 for selected institutions and organizations. Since that time, NLM Linked Data Infrastructure Working Group has been working with the selected institutions to test and evaluate MeSH RDF.

Feedback from these and other interested parties have provided NLM with data on the potential use cases for MeSH RDF.

This second beta release of MeSH RDF is designed to address some of our users’ needs and to improve the product. In addition to updating the MeSH RDF content to the 2015 version of MeSH, the new beta release includes a proof of concept for multi-lingual capability.

Specific changes to the MeSH RDF schema, including changes to the URI structure, are documented in the release notes.

Goals of the Project

  • Provide authoritative MeSH RDF and ensure its maintenance and preservation
  • Develop an infrastructure for publishing NLM linked data
  • Increase our knowledge of how people and institutions use MeSH

This second beta phase is now open to any interested parties and NLM is encouraging any potential users of MeSH RDF to test this new beta version and provide comments and feedback.

Direct to Project Web Site: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) RDF Linked Data (beta)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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