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NLM Catalog in XML

By Anonymous Hero, Section News
Posted on Thu Sep 16th, 2004 at 06:39:46 PM EST
NLM's catalog is now searchable in their Entrez interface used for PubMed, etc. Check out the XML display format. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?CMD=search&DB=nlmcatalog Dick R. Miller

 

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Different data in different formats (none / 0) (#1)
by kcoyle on Mon Sep 27th, 2004 at 12:38:39 PM EST
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I find interesting that the XML has some additional data that doesn't show in either the regular citation display or in the ASN.1 record format. For example, here is how authors are displayed in the citation:
Zelmanovitz F, Moraes IV, Spiro BL, Masiero PR.


And here is the information on authors in the XML format:
<AuthorList CompleteYN="Y">
<Author>
<LastName>Zelmanovitz</LastName>
<ForeName>Flavio</ForeName>
<Initials>F</Initials>
</Author>
<Author>
<LastName>Moraes</LastName>
<ForeName>Ilza V</ForeName>
<Initials>IV</Initials>
</Author>
<Author>
<LastName>Spiro</LastName>
<ForeName>Bernardo L</ForeName>
<Initials>BL</Initials>
</Author>
<Author>
<LastName>Masiero</LastName>
<ForeName>Paulo R</ForeName>
<Initials>PR</Initials>
</Author>
</AuthorList>


I always found it annoying that Medline reduced author's forenames to two initials. What amazes me today is that they appear to have the actual form of the name from the publication, but they continue to insist on displaying just the initials. There's no way to do as good of a search in any other database when all you have is "PR" rather than "Paulo R."

Good enough for government work?

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