MEDLINE citations are manually indexed at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), using as reference the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) controlled vocabulary. In the past, human indexers read the full text of the article to properly index. However, due to growth, the NLM is exploring automatic indexing options. 7th Space Interactive brought this topic to our attention in their article, “MeSH indexing based on automatically generated summaries.” They currently utilize Medical Text Indexer (MTI) to provide MeSH indexing recommendations.

Machine assisted indexing against a solid custom taxonomy is the key to any record management system’s success. Access Innovations is one of a very small number of companies that can help clients generate ANSI/ISO/W3C-compliant taxonomies to manage their content.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.