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[Session] Schemas for medical entities
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  • Title of session: Schemas for medical entities
  • Session description: This session will review
    • existing entity schemas pertaining to medical entities like clinical trials
    • documentation of the workflows for
      • generating such entity schemas
      • using such entity schemas
      • improving such entity schemas
  • Username for contact: @Daniel_Mietchen
  • Session duration (25 or 50 min): 50 min
  • Session type (presentation, workshop, discussion, etc.): workshop
  • Language of session (English, Arabic, etc.): English + whatever helps
  • Prerequisites (some Python, etc.): a basic understanding of ShEx on Wikidata, as well as associated workflows
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Thanks for this proposal! All proposed sessions couldn't become part of the agenda published today due to limited space, including yours. I'll ping here if a room becomes available to organize remaining or impromptu sessions.

Hello! There is now additional space available for you to schedule a session: (See "Small Hacking Room Corner (up to 20 participants)"). If you are still interested in organizing a session, you can claim this slot on a first-come, first-serve basis. There may not be any AV equipment in this small room, just a bunch of tables, and the room might be separated from the big hacking room with a bunch of dividers.

I have now added this to the 10-10:30 slot on Saturday.

Below you may find the link attached that redirects the user to the corresponding Etherpad:

Session Notes:

Schemas for medical entities

Date & time: Saturday, May 20th at 10:00 am EEST / 7:00 am UTC

Relevant links


  • Daniel Mietchen
  • Elwin Huaman


Number of sessions on schemas but not a session on how to adapt schemas for a particular field

Look at medical schema, made a list of shape expressions that are theoretically useful
[looking at the wikidatapage - put the link later]

might have detailed info on the patient
some information is not on wikidata and might never be on wikidata

what schemas are available
[looking at the schema links from the documentation]

wants to get feedback on what others think would be useful in the space

entity schema directory

[looking at medical schemas from the available schema list from the documentation]
its a mix of things no systematics to it
look at the indivual schema they differ in style and other aspects, but how can we standardize this
references arent used in a standarized way

he is wondering what the best approach is and feedback on how to the schemas in a certain field to converge better
sometimes vaiables start with # and sometimes no #
sometimes variables have explanations and sometimes they dont

shape expressions do allow you to standardize
they also can be used for quality control

issues with existing schemas
[looking at three of the hospitals linked in the documentation]
the data is in different languages
sometimes the data is in one chunk and sometimes the data is pointing to other places

question for the user - what one of these to use
the Japanese user doesn't know about the Malaysian user
how to inform them about each other

[looking at the dependency tree]

  • how to relationships between schemas link to relationships between entities

Praticial issues
its hard to find things
[looking at the sparql query]

There are sandbox schemas
anyone can come in and change things
there is no documentation so its complicated to work with


there is an entity schema generator
tools-static.wmflabs -> find the rest of the link
There is a testing tool you can then use to test your schema[]&textMapIsSparqlQuery&

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