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What's New

LexEVS 6.0 is the latest release. This release focuses primarily on alignment with standards. Other significant functionality added, especially in the areas of authoring APIs, value sets, mappings, and exporters top the list of enhancements, is as follows:

titleMigration for Previous Releases

For help with a migration from previous releases, refer to the


LexEVS 6.


x Migration Tips for 5.x Users


. To see any of the previous releases, refer to the


LexEVS roadmap

|LexEVS:LexEVS Release Roadmap]




Presentations, Demos and Other Materials






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| 0^LexEVS_6.0_Highlights.ppt] (397 KB) Scott Bauer February 17, 2011 * [LexEVS REST APIs demo at HHS and NIH the Health 2.0 Hack-a-Thon|LexEVS:Hack-A-Thon 2011 NCI Blue - LexEVS REST API] Larry Brem June 11, 2011 * [caBIG® Annual Meeting Semantic Infrastructure v2|
  • 0 Highlights. (slides, 397 KB) Scott Bauer, February 17, 2011.
  • caBIG® Annual Meeting Semantic Infrastructure v2. Charlie Mead, Jane Brzozowski, Cecil Lynch, Raghu Chintalapati, Craig Stancl, September 14, 2010.
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-cabigae-semantic-infrastructure-v2-overview] Charlie Mead, Jane Brzozowski, Cecil Lynch, Raghu Chintalapati, Craig Stancl September 14, 2010 * [LexEVS 101 Presentation|LexEVS:LexEVS Presentations^LexEVS_101.ppt] (1.6 MB) Craig Stancl and Rick Kiefer February 22, 2010 * [Value Domain and Pick List Support in LexEVS 5.1|LexEVS:LexEVS Presentations^CaBIG_ValueDomain_PickList_presentation_102009.ppt] (775 KB) Sridhar Dwarkanath caBIG® VCDE and Architecture joint workspace meeting - Atlanta, GA October 20-22, 2009 * [LexEVS:LexEVS 5.0 Boot Camp] (Presentations Given at the Bootcamp) LexEVS team NCI CBIIT Training facility - Rockville, Md. November 17-19 2009 * [LexEVS Overview|LexEVS:LexEVS Presentations^200907_LexEVS_Annual_Meeting_FINAL.ppt] (12.5 MB) LexEVS team 2009 caBIG® Annual Meeting - Washington, D.C. July 20-22, 2009 Presentation to NCCH - Australia March 2, 2009 * [LexBIG/LexGrid Services for LexBIG 2.3 Model and API for the Grid|LexEVS:LexEVS Presentations^LexBIG_LexGrid_(2).ppt] H. Scott Bauer and Kevin Peterson Presentation to NCCH - Australia March 2, 2009 * [Terminology Tool Announcements|LexEVS:LexEVS Presentations^Terminology_Tool_Announcements2.ppt] Kevin Peterson caBIG®; VCDE and Architecture joint workspace meeting - - Cambridge, Massachusetts May 12, 2009{multi-excerpt}
  • LexEVS Overview. (slides, 12.5 MB) LexEVS team, 2009 caBIG® Annual Meeting - Washington, D.C., July 20-22, 2009; Presentation to NCCH - Australia, March 2, 2009.
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{multi-excerpt:name=LexEVS6.0c}h3. Examples

* Query Service with Program Examples, included in the LexEVS base installation. Both Lexical Set Operations and Graph Operations are included for common vocabulary functions using a sample vocabulary and CodedNodeSet. This is described in the [LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 Installation Guide].
* Example Programs and Verification Test Suite, included in the LexEVS base installation. The Example Programs provide a limited interactive demonstration of LexEVS capabilities. Both are explained in the [LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 Installation Guide].
* Code examples, [LexEVS Example Code zip file available on GForge|]. These are code examples for subjects of frequently asked questions such as creating a coded node graph using the LexBIG convenience methods.

h2. Documentation and Training

* [Release Notes|]
* [LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 Installation Guide] - outlines the supported configurations and technical installation instructions for LexEVS Vocabulary Services for caBIG®
* [LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 Administration Guide] - outlines the environment configuration from the perspective of an existing installation
* [LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 Programmer's Guide] - explains the LexEVS API (services, extensions, utilities, and GUI); also many related APIs
* [LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 Design and Architecture Guide] - explains the LexGrid model and the LexBIG services
* [LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 Value Set and Pick List Definition Guide] - explains the LexEVS 6.0 Value Set and Pick List Definition documentation
* [LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 Loader Guide] - intended for a LexEVS developer and provides information about the loaders provided, mapping, and how to create your own loaders using the loader framework
* [LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 OWL Export Guide] - explains the steps necessary to export content in OWL/RDF format
* [LexEVS:LexEVS in SpringSource MVC Maven Project] guide - shows how to use a local instance of LexEVS in a Spring 3.0.x MVC project and how to deploy it to a Tomcat server from within the SpringSource Tool Suite.
* LexEVS 6.0 Javadocs - There are several parts to the LexEVS Javadocs to consult depending on what you are looking for. To download any of the Javadocs, go to the [Javadocs section|LexEVS:LexEVS 6.0 Installation Options#LexEVS Source Code, JavaDocs, and Examples] on the downloads page. You will find one download including all the Javadocs.
** If you have a local application accessing a Local Runtime, view the [Local Runtime Javadoc|] online.
** To interact with a LexEVS server that is hosting terminologies remotely, whether it be your own or the services at NCI, view the [Distributed Javadoc|] online.
** If you are using the Grid Analytical Services, view the [Grid Analytical Services Javadoc|] online.
** The Grid Data Service for LexEVS sits behind a caGrid interface. Most users do not reach this service via the Java API and in fact only a single method in the caGrid API is of interest. It can be found in the [Grid Data Service Implementation|].

No formal LexEVS Server training courses exist in the caBIG® Learning Management System (LMS) at this time.

h2. Contributions

In the spirit of open source caBIG® invites you to participate in the community.  The contribution process is described in [LexEVS:LexEVS Community Code Contribution]. LexEVS source code is in [NCI SVN|].

h2. Related Tools 

* [Biomed GT Wiki|EVS:BiomedGT Wiki]
* [NCI Protégé|Protege:NCI Protege]
* [NCI Term Browser|EVS:NCI Term Browser]
* [NCI Thesaurus|EVS:NCI Thesaurus (NCIt)]
* [NCI Metathesaurus|EVS:NCI Metathesaurus (NCIm)]{multi-excerpt}