Epistemonikos: a free, relational, collaborative, multilingual database of health evidence

Stud Health Technol Inform. 2013;192:486-90.


Epistemonikos (www.epistemonikos.org) is a free, multilingual database of the best available health evidence. This paper describes the design, development and implementation of the Epistemonikos project. Using several web technologies to store systematic reviews, their included articles, overviews of reviews and structured summaries, Epistemonikos is able to provide a simple and powerful search tool to access health evidence for sound decision making. Currently, Epistemonikos stores more than 115,000 unique documents and more than 100,000 relationships between documents. In addition, since its database is translated into 9 different languages, Epistemonikos ensures that non-English speaking decision-makers can access the best available evidence without language barriers.

MeSH terms

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Database Management Systems*
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Health Services Research*
  • Information Storage and Retrieval / methods*
  • Internet*
  • Language*
  • Multilingualism
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Software