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Written on January 24th, 2017 by Filip Pattyn

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Bring epidemiology data and disease genes in closer contact

In my previous blog, I tried to explain that the usage of different disease classifications or encodings in data sources like the US and EU clinical trial registries, doesn’t hamper the integration and linking of this kind of data.

Disease classifications are also used to precisely define diseases in other contexts like epidemiology, pharmacovigilance, toxicology, pharmacology, genetics, etc. This data is scattered across a plethora of data sources, maintained by different governmental and other non-profit organizations like research consortia and institutes or individual research groups. If they are keen on providing meaningful and useful data, data providers try to avoid using disease terms that aren’t defined precisely in an ontology.

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Written on December 12th, 2016 by Kenny Knecht

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Up to 3 times faster indexing

Companies that host their own setup of DISQOVER know that a crucial step in the process of making data available is the indexing. In the past few months, we have optimized this process. Indexing now runs up to 3 times faster while the logging has been more readable and more informative.

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Written on December 6th, 2016 by Filip Pattyn

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It only takes 3 days (to integrate your data)

Anyone who’s ever been involved in data integration will confirm: integration projects are usually cumbersome and very time- and resource-intensive. Those facts alone take the wind out of the sails of many a company. Most, in fact, don’t even begin data integration projects.
But it doesn’t have to be like that. Integrating your first datasets into our semantic platform DISQOVER, happens in just 3 days. There’s no need for long trajectories! Within 3 days, your first internal datasets are searchable and you’re even trained to add additional datasets yourself.
Here’s how it works.

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Written on October 27th, 2016 by Peter Verrykt

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A recent trip to Canada got me thinking…

A recent trip to Canada, under the umbrella of Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) and the Flemish Enterprise Network (VOKA), got me thinking: sponsored trips and subsidies really help companies to extend their footprint. It takes some time and perseverance, but trade missions and subsidized projects do generate results!

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Written on October 11th, 2016 by Hans Constandt

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Getting semantic search to work efficiently – the white paper

Semantic search has been on the radar for quite some time now. And truth be told, many have talked the talk but few have been seen to walk to walk. The challenge? Semantic search has been used mainly by academics and experts, but there simply weren’t enough workable solutions accessible to common users. But that’s all changing now with our semantic search platform DISQOVER.

How we do this, can be discovered in our latest white paper, co-authored with Dr. Bhanu Bahl (Director at Harvard Catalyst | The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center), Dr. Filip Pattyn (Scientific Lead at ONTOFORCE) and myself.

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