Compatible data models are key for data integration. Data transformation after data collection has many limitations. Therefore compatible data structures should be addressed already during the design of information systems.
The portal of Medical Data Models (MDM), which contains 20.000+ models and 495.000+ data items, was enhanced with a web service to identify data elements, which are frequently collected together in real information systems. Using Apache Solr, a fast search functionality to identify those elements with semantic annotations was implemented.
This service was integrated into the metadata registry (MDR) component of MDM to make it available to the scientific community. It can be used to build intelligent data model editors, which suggest and import frequent data element definitions according to the current medical context.