A Formal Foundation for ICNP®

Nicholas Hardiker, Amy Coenen

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review

6 Citations (Scopus)


The International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) has been developed as a 'unifying framework' for comparing and combining disparate nursing data from across the world. In order to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of users of ICNP®, substantial revision has been made to the Beta 2 version of ICNP®, culminating in the launch of ICNP® Version 1 in 2005. In its revision of ICNP®, the development team has followed a rigorous development process using current best practice in ontology development. The core of ICNP® Version 1 is represented in the Web Ontology Language, the de facto standard ontology representation language. An ontology editor, Protégé, and other software tools have been used to support the process. The result is a robust terminological resource that can accommodate existing and emerging nursing terminologies and allow comparisons to be made between disparate nursing data. The revision has provided ICNP® with a sustainable foundation that will a) facilitate further development and maintenance of ICNP® and b) extend significantly its functionality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConsumer-Centered Computer-Supported Care for Healthy People
Subtitle of host publicationThe 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
EditorsHyeoun-Ae Park, Peter Murray, Connie Delaney
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781607501770
ISBN (Print)9781586036225
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 9 Jun 200621 Jun 2006
Conference number: 9

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Conference9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
Abbreviated titleNI 2006
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'A Formal Foundation for ICNP®'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this