The Mapping Service is a database of ontology cross-references (xrefs) extracted from public ontologies and databases. Most of these cross-references have been extracted from ontologies in the Terminology Service by searching for database cross-reference annotations on terms. We have supplemented these cross-references with mappings from a subset of vocabularies in the UMLS.
The semantics of a cross-reference are weakly specified, in most cases they mean some kind of operational equivalence, but there is no guarantee. Sometimes cross-references are used to indicate other types of relationships such as parent/child or that the terms are related in some other way (such as linking a disease concept to a pathway accession that is somehow related to that disease). The Mapping Service aims to provide simple and convenient access to cross-references, but is not a mapping prediction service, so always treat these xrefs with caution, especially if you are seeking true equivalence between two ontologies.
The Mapping Service gives you access to existing mappings, you can also explore the neighbourhood of a mapping using the distance controller. By default, it shows you direct asserted mappings, but you can use the slider on various pages to look for mappings that are up to three hops away. You may see some terms that don't have labels associated to them, we are doing our best to find labels for all of these terms, but sometimes the labels are missing from the sources that we extract mappings from.
The Mapping Service is part of the Semantic Lookup Platform (SemLookP) for the IDSN Project. SemLookP is developed and maintained by ZB MED - Information Centre for Life Sciences.