A model for enhancing Internet medical document retrieval with 'medical core metadata'

Gary Malet, Felix Munoz, Richard Appleyard, William Hersh

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Abstract

Objective: Finding documents on the World Wide Web relevant to a specific medical information need can be difficult. The goal of this work is to define a set of document content description tags, or metadata encodings, that can be used to promote disciplined search access to Internet medical documents. Design: The authors based their approach on a proposed metadata standard, the Dublin Core Metadata Element Set, which has recently been submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force. Their model also incorporates the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary and MEDLINE-type content descriptions. Results: The model defines a medical core metadata set that can be used to describe the metadata for a wide variety of Internet documents. Conclusions: The authors propose that their medical core metadata set be used to assign metadata to medical documents to facilitate document retrieval by Internet search engines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-172
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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