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Challenges for Integrating Korean Medical Vocabulary into the UMLS
We present the problems we faced and their solutions when we tried to add Korean terms to the Metathesaurus of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS MT). Challenges to integrating Korean into the UMLS MT are analyzed; such as character set incompatibility, incomplete translation; matching UMLS terms and concepts. Suggestions are given to improve the integration of Korean terminology into the UMLS. Our work is expected to be a useful precedent to merge medical vocabularies in other languages into the UMLS MT.