The Urology Tag Ontology Project

Urologists have been on the forefront of harnessing Social Media for professional use. Urological Organizations and Journals have used Social Media to lower barriers for information dissemination [1,2] [3] [4].   Meanwhile, Social Media engagement at Urological meetings has been used to augment the experience of attendees and allow remote “attendance” for those not able to physically be present at the meetings [5,6].  Academic exchange through a formal Twitter-based Journal Club on the #urojc hashtag has enjoyed international participation [7].  Social Media has also been employed to assess the Media’s and the Public’s responses to news events in the Urologic clinical space [8], and guidelines for responsible and effective Social Media use now have been developed [9] [10]. Moreover, an extremely active patient advocacy voice has been growing louder on a number of the Social Media channels.

The Urology Tag Ontology Project aims to align hashtag use for this burgeoning Urological Social Media community. Utilizing this standardized list of Social Media communication descriptors, the project hopes to facilitate communication and promote collaboration in the healthcare provider and patient communities.

In creating the list, we crowd-sourced the Urologic Social Media community at large and were fortunate to receive buy-in from key stakeholders (Table 1).

Effective and standardized hashtag use remains an organic process that clearly cannot be dictated by a simple creation of a list.  Indeed, the current list attempts to strike a balance between existing hashtags that enjoy heavy use and those descriptors that key opinion leaders in a particular urologic sub-specialty would like to see gain traction.  As such, we hope for the Urology Tag Ontology Project to remain a “living document,” which is reassessed and updated on a regular basis.

Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS @uretericbud
Associate Professor of Urologic Oncology
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, USA @FoxChaseCancer
Associate Editor for Digital Media 
European Urology @EUPlatinum

Henry Woo, MD @DrHWoo
Associate Professor of Surgery
University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Founder and Manager 
International Urology Journal Club #urojc @iurojc

James Catto MB, ChB, PhD, FRCS @JimCatto
Professor in Urological Surgery
University of Sheffield
European Urology @EUPlatinum


Table 1: Urological Social Media Stakeholders Supporting Urology Tag Ontology Project
Organization Hashtag / Twitter Handle
European Association of Urology (EAU) @UroWeb
American Urological Association @AmerUrological
EAU Guidelines Committee #EAUGuidelines
AUA Social Media Committee N/A
Society of Urologic Oncology / Young Urologic Oncology Committee @SUO_YUO
Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand @USANZurology
British Association of Urological Surgeons  @BAUSurology
Endourological Society @EndourolSoc
European Urology Journal @EUPlatinum
Journal of Urology @JUrology
BJUI  @BJUIjournal
Urology Gold Journal @UroGoldJournal
Nature Reviews Urology @NatRevUrol
Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases Journal @PCAN_Journal
Journal of Sexual Medicine @JSexMed
Bladder Cancer Journal @BladderCaJrnl
Journal of Clinical Urology @JCUrology


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[4] Loeb S, Bayne CE, Frey C, Davies BJ, Averch TD, Woo HH, et al. Use of social media in urology: data from the American Urological Association (AUA). BJU Int 2014;113:993–8. doi:10.1111/bju.12586.

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[6] Canvasser NE, Ramo C, Morgan TM, Zheng K, Hollenbeck BK, Ghani KR. The Use Of Social Media in Endourology: An Analysis of the 2013 World Congress of Endourology Meeting. J Endourol 2014:140715142757008. doi:10.1089/end.2014.0329.

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[8] Prabhu V, Lee T, Loeb S, Holmes JH, Gold HT, Lepor H, et al. Twitter Response to the United States Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations against Screening with Prostate Specific Antigen. BJU Int 2014;116:65–71. doi:10.1111/bju.12748.

[9] Rouprêt M, Morgan TM, Bostrom PJ, Cooperberg MR, Kutikov A, Linton KD, et al. European Association of Urology (@Uroweb) recommendations on the appropriate use of social media. European Urology 2014;66:628–32. doi:10.1016/j.eururo.2014.06.046.

[10] Murphy DG, Loeb S, Basto MY, Challacombe B, Trinh Q-D, Leveridge M, et al. Engaging responsibly with social media: the BJUI guidelines. BJU Int 2014;114:9–11. doi:10.1111/bju.12788.


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5 Responses to “The Urology Tag Ontology Project”

  1. Declan Murphy

    This is an excellent initiative. Well done to Alex, Henry and Jim for co-ordinating this. The BJUI is delighted to endorse this.

    Declan Murphy – Associate Editor, BJUI

  2. Andrew Spong

    A model for tag ontologies. Many thanks to the authors for their work on this.

  3. kathi apostolidis

    Great work! after the cancer tag ontologies by @subatomicdoc now we have the #urology ones, look forward for more initiatives

  4. Rupal Gupta

    Great and thanks for sharing! Make sure you include #TesticularTorsion in your analysis — Recently added by @UrologyCareFdn for a chat at @KidsHealth

  5. Mike Thompson

    Great work.
    Sharing with our Urology group here soon

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