docQuery is a project together with mediScon worldwide which aims to develop a collaborative multi-expert system on travel medicine, because it has never been easier than today traveling to different places, experience new cultures and get to know new people. In preparation for a healthy journey it is important to acquire high quality of reliable information about travel medicine prevention.
Currently the World Wide Web offers many websites, discussion forums and services where a traveler can gather information. Usually those websites do not contain all medical information a traveler might need and the editors are mostly unknown. Furthermore the information is spread over hundreds of websites and it is challenging and time-consuming to find appropriate one. Together with mediScon, a team of certified doctors of medicine with a strong background of tourism related medicine, we will implement docQuery to provide travel information based on key data of their journey and travellers (travel period, destination, age(s) of traveller(s), activities, etc.). Software agents will be used following all kinds of tasks like creating an appropriate question structure avoiding redundant questions or extracting information given in the knowledge bases and creating responses. docQuery will be supervised by experts, although it will integrate the experiences of travellers using the given advices to improve the quality and identify new issues early and providing information about it.
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Althoff