Collaboration for Internet Rating, Certification, Labeling and
Evaluation of Health Information
MedCIRCLE is an EU-funded project and just started in March 2002.
It is a follow-up project to MedCERTAIN. The aim is to implement
the standardized computer-readable metadata vocabulary, which we
developed in the MedCERTAIN project called "HIDDEL (Health
Information Disclosure, Description and Evaluation Language)"
and to develop and distribute client-site tools (such as "intelligent
agents") in cooperation with the German Research Center for
Artificial Intelligence GmbH in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
The HIDDEL vocabulary will be implemented on three European gateway
ÄZQ (Ärztliche Zentralstelle Qualitätssicherung),
METGES Official Medical College of Barcelona, Rouen University Hospital
(CisMEF). All of them project partners in the MedCIRCLE collaboration.
MedCIRCLE represents a collaboration of European health subject
gateways or rating services that builds on, expands and continues
work on rating health information on the Internet piloted within
the MedCERTAIN project. Whilst MedCERTAIN provided the core technologies
and software for rating and "trustmarking" health information,
MedCIRCLE is built around these technologies and involves a wider
medical community to assess health information, demonstrating the
power of collaborative and interoperable evaluations.
Both projects - MedCIRCLE and MedCERTAIN - are complementary projects
with the overall objective to develop and promote technologies able
to guide consumers to 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.