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Scanning the Emerging Infectious Diseases Horizon - Visualizing ProMED Emails Using EpiSPIDER.
The Internet has created an information revolution that spans across all knowledge domains and removes temporal and geographic barriers. Various disparate tools allow individuals to communicate with each other across these barriers. We also have an abundance of electronic resources containing health information locked inside free text components. The lack of integration of these tools and electronic resources has prevented harnessing of information for use in integrated and novel ways. We developed an application for 'Semantic Processing and Integration of Distributed Electronic Resources for Epidemiology' or EpiSPIDER, an integrative web-based information processing system that uses these tools and electronic resources to create an information environment for enhancing the surveillance of emerging infectious disease threats to global health.