Access Innovations, Inc., recently was engaged by the American Society for Clinical Oncology® (ASCO), the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer, for thesaurus work, and is pleased to announce the completion of phase one of the project.

ASCO currently publishes three journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, with online articles dating back to 1989. ASCO contracted with Access Innovations to build a thesaurus of cancer terms to help improve the accuracy and relevancy of its online search results, particularly as the organization prepares to launch two new online-only journals.

In addition to the 400 term subject thesaurus, phase one included a 500 term thesaurus delineating the society’s internal structure, as well as a series of authority files covering drug names, institutional entities, and geographical locations. ASCO will use these resources to streamline their content and improve the usability of their content.

“Access Innovations is glad to offer our services to such an important research outlet,” says Access Innovations president Marjorie M.K. Hlava. “Using our Thesaurus Master software to build these thesauri, we are able to help immensely with term disambiguation.”

Access Innovations looks forward to the next steps in this project with ASCO. ASCO® is a registered trademark of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. ® Used with permission. ASCO® is not a partner or affiliate of Access Innovations, Inc. and does not recommend or endorse any vendor, product, or service.


About Access Innovations, Inc. –,,

Founded in 1978, Access Innovations has extensive experience with Internet technology applications, master data management, database creation, thesaurus/taxonomy creation, and semantic integration. Access Innovations’ Data Harmony software includes automatic indexing, thesaurus management, an XML Intranet System (XIS), and metadata extraction for content creation developed to meet production environment needs.  Data Harmony is used by publishers, governments, and corporate clients throughout the world.



Founded in 1964, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is committed to making a world of difference in cancer care. As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 40,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer.