Healthcare research and practice are driven by data collection based on asking and answering questions. Data collection in clinical research studies are informed by protocols based on evidence and patient assessments are required by clinical practice guidelines; both are driven by asking and answering relevant questions and assigning permissible values to data elements. Given their critical role in healthcare research and practice, the curation of question and answer set repositories and IR issues related to those repositories are fundamental aspects of biomedical and healthcare informatics.
This special issue aims to address and attract state-of-the-art solutions and novel attempts in the informatics of meta-data, questions, and value sets.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Terminology and metadata standards for representing questions and answer sets
- Ontologies for questions and answer sets
- Metadata registry standards for questions and answer sets
- Question answering systems
- Systems for generating questions and answer sets
- Reuse, sharing and interoperability of questions and answer sets
- IR for question and answer set repositories, including system design, human-computer interaction, and evaluation
Submission: 15 August 2010
Notification: 15 October 2010
Camera ready papers: 15 November 2010