The semantic web is being used to compete with Internet health sites in helping users manage their health. Healthline is one of many websites people turn to for health information. It isn’t the largest, when compared to WebMD and others, but it does set itself apart by focusing on a semantic taxonomy.

We found this interesting information on in their article, “How Healthline is Using Semantic Technology to Promote Health.” Healthline’s core asset is a health-specific search engine programmed with a vast set of categories and definitions to use the search industry term.

The taxonomy is key. Without it to index the data, there are no smooth flows through a decision tree and valuable business intelligence is lost. Building a solid taxonomy requires experience and standards – both of which Access Innovations has in spades. Access Innovations’ solutions are ANSI compliant and implement state-of-the-art technology to speed tagging and reduce errors.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.