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QL4MDR: a GraphQL query language for ISO 11179-based metadata repositories

TitleQL4MDR: a GraphQL query language for ISO 11179-based metadata repositories
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsUlrich H., Kern J., Tas D., Kock-Schoppenhauer A.-K., Ückert F., Ingenerf J., Lablans M.
JournalBMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Date Published03/2019

Heterogeneous healthcare instance data can hardly be integrated without harmonizing its schema-level metadata. Many medical research projects and organizations use metadata repositories to edit, store and reuse data elements. However, existing metadata repositories differ regarding software implementation and have shortcomings when it comes to exchanging metadata. This work aims to define a uniform interface with a technical interlingua between the different MDR implementations in order to enable and facilitate the exchange of metadata, to query over distributed systems and to promote cooperation. To design a unified interface for multiple existing MDRs, a standardized data model must be agreed on. The ISO 11179 is an international standard for the representation of metadata, and since most MDR systems claim to be at least partially compliant, it is suitable for defining an interface thereupon. Therefore, each repository must be able to define which parts can be served and the interface must be able to handle highly linked data. GraphQL is a data access layer and defines query techniques designed to navigate easily through complex data structures.

Short TitleBMC Med Inform Decis Mak
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