Global Health through Google News
May 11, 2012 11:38 AM Subscribe
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is an ontology-based global health monitoring system that monitors and maps disease outbreaks through internet-based news aggregation and social media
"The BioCaster system has two major components: a web/database server and a backend cluster computer equipped with a variety of text mining algorithms which continuously scan hundreds of RSS newsfeeds from local and national news providers. Since the text mining system has a detailed knowledge about the important concepts such as diseases, pathogens, symptoms, people, places, drugs etc. this allows us to semantically index relevant parts of news articles, enabling users to have quicker and highly precise access to information."
Biocaster is one of a number of global health monitoring systems
utilizing the internet and social media to provide early alerts of health threats