Paper: Global Health Monitor - A Web-based System for Detecting and Mapping Infectious Diseases

ACL ID I08-2140
Title Global Health Monitor - A Web-based System for Detecting and Mapping Infectious Diseases
Venue International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing
Session Main Conference
Year 2008
Authors

We present the Global Health Monitor, an online Web-based system for detecting and mapping infectious disease outbreaks that appear in news stories. The system analyzes English news stories from news feed providers, classifies them for topical relevance and plots them onto a Google map using geo-coding information, helping public health workers to monitor the spread of diseases in a geo-temporal context. The background knowledge for the system is contained in the BioCaster ontol- ogy (BCO) (Collier et al., 2007a) which includes both information on infec- tious diseases as well as geographical locations with their lati- tudes/longitudes. The system consists of four main stages: topic classification, named entity recognition (NER), disease/location detection and visualiza- t...