The MedCIRCLE collaboration was hosting a workshop
on 12th Sep 2002 at Brussels, Belgium:
"Towards a collaborative, open, semantic web of trust for health
information on the web: Interoperability of Health Information Gateways"
The workshop was focusing on metadata and semantic
web technologies, to demonstrate the use of these technologies for
decentralised, distributed quality management of health information
on the web
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MedCIRCLE stands for "Collaboration for Internet Rating,
Certification, Labeling and Evaluation of Health Information".
MedCIRCLE is a collaboration of trusted European health subject gateways, medical
associations, accreditation, certification, or rating services, which all share
the common goal to evaluate, describe, or annotate health information on the
The overarching aim of MedCIRCLE is to guide consumers to trustworthy health
information on the Internet.
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The MedCIRCLE consortium is being formed by the four project partners, which
are directly funded by the European Union:
and three European health portals in Spain, France, and Germany,
which are already active in the business of rating/evaluating/accrediting health
- AQUMED, Germany
- Agency for Quality in Medicine (ÄZQ), a joint institution of the German
Medical Association (GMA) and the National Association of Statutory Health
Insurance Physicians (NASHIP);
- COMB (Col·legi
Oficial de Metges de Barcelona), Spain;
- CISMeF, a gateway
developed at Rouen University Hospital, Rouen, France.
The partners and the project is technically supported by the German
Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Kaiserslautern, Germany.
The partners of the project founded the MedCIRCLE collaboration.
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The MedCIRCLE project aims to develop and promote technologies able to guide
- trustworthy health information on the Internet,
- to establish a global web of trust for networked health information,
- and to empower consumers to "filter" or positively select high
quality health information on the web using semi-automatic techniques.
In the course of the project, the project partners will annotate or rate health
information and will implement the "Health Information, Disclosure,
Description and Evaluation Language" (HIDDEL) in XML/RDF to demonstrate
and ensure interoperability of rating services, with the ultimate goal to enable
harvesting and dissemination of third-party ratings.
MedCIRCLE will also encourage use of HIDDEL by health information providers
to disclose information essential for consumers to assess the quality of websites
- implementation of the „Health Information, Disclosure, Description and Evaluation
Language” (HIDDEL) on Spanish, French, English, and German health information
gateways, to demonstrate and ensure interoperability of rating services and
to enable harvesting and dissemination of third-party ratings,
- refinement of rating and evaluating procedures at the MedCIRCLE partner
sites and striving for methodological convergence,
- refinement and expansion of HIDDEL, to become a standard vocabulary and
inter-change format for self- and third-party ratings of health information.
HIDDEL stands for "Health Information Disclosure,
Description and Evaluation Language".
HIDDEL is a standard vocabulary/metadata language, which can be expressed as
PICS/RDF/XML. HIDDEL is designed to be used by
- information providers to describe and disclose properties of e-health services
- third-parties, e.g. by subject gateways, to express third-party opinions
about health in-formation providers.
HIDDEL allows consumers to access disclosure (self-rating) information on health
websites in a standardised way, and subject gateways to describe which aspects
of the site have been evaluated by them and with what results.
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To browse through the HIDDEL vocabulary, click
here ... >>
Here, you can download the latest HIDDEL version:
Excel - File) [100 kB]
- File) [28 kB]
HIDDEL is free to download. If you want to implement HIDDEL, please read our
HIDDEL Open Vocabulary License first.
(Last update: 2002-12-17)