The ontology of medically related social entities: recent developments

J Biomed Semantics. 2016 Jul 12;7:47. doi: 10.1186/s13326-016-0087-8.


Background: The Ontology of Medically Related Social Entities (OMRSE) was initially developed in 2011 to provide a framework for modeling demographic data in Resource Description Framework/Web Ontology Language. It is built upon the Basic Formal Ontology and conforms to Open Biomedical Ontologies Foundry's best practices.

Description: We report recent development of OMRSE which includes representations of organizations, roles, facilities, demographic data, enrollment in insurance plans, and data about socio-economic indicators.

Conclusions: OMRSE's coverage has been expanding in recent years to include a wide variety of classes and has been useful in several biomedical applications.

Keywords: OMRSE; Ontology; Organizations; Social entities; Social roles.

MeSH terms

  • Biological Ontologies*
  • Demography / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Facilities
  • Humans
  • Insurance
  • Marital Status
  • Socioeconomic Factors