Desiderata for an authoritative Representation of MeSH in RDF

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014 Nov 14;2014:1218-27. eCollection 2014.


The Semantic Web provides a framework for the integration of resources on the web, which facilitates information integration and interoperability. RDF is the main representation format for Linked Open Data (LOD). However, datasets are not always made available in RDF by their producers and the Semantic Web community has had to convert some of these datasets to RDF in order for these datasets to participate in the LOD cloud. As a result, the LOD cloud sometimes contains outdated, partial and even inaccurate RDF datasets. We review the LOD landscape for one of these resources, MeSH, and analyze the characteristics of six existing representations in order to identify desirable features for an authoritative version, for which we create a prototype. We illustrate the suitability of this prototype on three common use cases. NLM intends to release an authoritative representation of MeSH in RDF (beta version) in the Fall of 2014.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Intramural

MeSH terms

  • Datasets as Topic*
  • Internet* / standards
  • Medical Subject Headings*
  • Semantics