Brief Communication – concerning algorithmic indexing in MEDLINE

Abstract


As of early 2022, indexing in the National Library of Medicine [NLM] MEDLINE database is performed by an algorithm, MTIA [Medical Text Indexer-Auto], with human curation as appropriate. Deployment of a machine learning classifier, MTIX [Medical Text Indexer-neXt generation] is planned for mid-2024. This brief communication outlines the processes of MTIA and raises concerns about the MeSH [Medical Subject Headings] applied by algorithm. Implications for searchers and educators are briefly discussed.

Author Biographies

Alexandre Amar-Zifkin, Université de Montréal
Bibliothécaire disciplinaire - Médecine dentaire, ophtalmologie, optométrie, neurosciences, sciences de la vision; Bibliothèque de la Santé, Université de Montréal.
Taline Ekmekjian, Public Health Agency of Canada
Librarian, PHAC Library
Virginie Paquet, Université de Montréal
Bibliothécaire; Bibliothèque Marguerite-d’Youville, Université de Montréal
Tara Landry, Université de Montréal
Chef de service - Référence et développement des collections; Bibliothèque de la Santé, Université de Montréal.
Published
2024-03-17
How to Cite
1.
Amar-Zifkin A, Ekmekjian T, Paquet V, Landry T. Brief Communication – concerning algorithmic indexing in MEDLINE. JEAHIL [Internet]. 17Mar.2024 [cited 13Apr.2024];20(1):18-1. Available from: http://ojs.eahil.eu/ojs/index.php/JEAHIL/article/view/604
Section
Feature Articles