Launched 2013
Closed 2014


Country of Origin


Topic Search engine for Medical Professionals


Technical functionalities

Used SeEn

Older Version Internet Archive / WebCite


»The term "zebra" is a medical slang for a surprising diagnosis. Physicians are taught since medical school to concentrate on the more common diseases: "when you hear a gallop, you should think about a horse, not a zebra".« Source

Critical points

Features & Functionality


Free available SeEn for Health & Medical Information are usualy made for medical professionals and interested people without a special knowledge in the medical field. But FindZebra is classified as a SeEn for Selected Professions: »WARNING! This is a research project to be used only by medical professionals.« Source

References & further Publications

Wikipedia (EN): n.a.
Wikipedia (Others): n.a.

Other Sources

Dragusin, Radu et al. (2011): Rare Disease Diagnosis as an Information Retrieval Task. Proceedings of 3rd International Conference on the Theory of Information Retrieval 2011, Lecture Notes in Compute URL:
Dragusin, Radu and Paula Petcu (2011): A Vertical Search Engine Supporting the Diagnosis of Rare Diseases. Technical report. Institute of Computer Science at University of Copenhagen. Or online availa URL:
Dragusin, Radu and Paula Petcu (2010): Improving clinical practice using a computerized clinical decision support system for diagnosing rare diseases: literature review, challenges, and possible paths URL:
Dragusin, Radu et al. (2012): Zebra: Searching for Rare Diseases A Case of Task-Based Search in the Medical Domain, in Proceedings of the ECIR 2012 Workshop on Task-Based and Aggregated Search. URL:

Created: 2013-03-27