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Accessing Medline citations using DiscoveryLink and joining the search results with other relational and non-relational databases

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000016189D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Sep-09
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-21

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The Problem: MEDLINE® (Medical Literature, Analysis, and Retrieval System Online) is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains over 11 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. Scientists routinely use Medline to search for publications. They would either use NCBI's Entrez PubMed interface or other interfaces from a library or local database. However, if they are to join the Medline search results with other databases, they have to do it manually. This is very time consuming, and could be impossible if joining with another very large database. We describe a solution for accessing Medline citations from Documentum and DiscoveryLink. The Solution MEDLine is available in XML format to subscribers. The database and its weekly updates can be loaded to the Documentum Docbase. Each citation is loaded as a document in the Docbase, and the meta data (author, publication date, keywords, etc.) are saved as attributes for the document. The user can search the documents by attributes or by words using Documentum's word search capability.