Getting Started Guide

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Getting Started Guide

If you’re looking at this documentation for the first time, you’re in the right place. We recommend first reading through this Getting Started with Snow Owl guide and working through the examples to learn the basic features. Once you’re familiar with the lay of the land, the Snow Owl User Guide can help answer more detailed or advanced questions that you have.

Getting to know Snow Owl – First steps

This chapter describes the visual components in Snow Owl and how to navigate in the User Interface […]

Surfing the sea of SNOMED CT – Browsing and searching with Snow Owl

This chapter gives an introduction to browsing and searching with Snow Owl. […]

Close encounters with the concept – Introducing the editor

This chapter introduces the concept editor and shows basic concept authoring. […]

Custom-built subsets: Reference sets in Snow Owl

Snow Owl allows to create and maintain different kinds of reference sets. They are named from the SNOMED CT Release Format 2 specifications, which are described in detail in the IHTSDO’s Technical Implementation Guide . […]


Snow Owl lets you map existing clinical terms to the SNOMED CT terminology. In the following example, we’ll show you how to map some local terms to SNOMED CT. You’ll end up with a mapping file that can be further edited in Snow Owl and exported in a standard file format (a SNOMED CT Release Format 2 Complex Map Type Reference Set). […]

Collaborative Authoring

Snow Owl has been architected from its inception to enable users to author terminologies in a distributed and collaborative fashion. Users can work in the same location or can be geographically distributed, as long as they have network access to a central Snow Owl terminology repository. In order to coordinate the efforts of multiple authors concurrently editing the same ontology, separate tasks can be assigned to them. […]

Getting started with semantic queries

This chapter will help you to become familiar with ESCG by guiding you through a series of sample queries examples. These and other examples are also available in the B2i examples folder in the Project Explorer View. […]