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Who's interested in Pubmed for Drupal

CEO, Co-Founder
Nov 28, 2008

We are working on the specification for a module that will be able to integrate content from PubMed, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 18 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. I found the following blog post written in 2003(?) that is talking about a PubMed module but I couldn't find it in the repository. I contacted the author, but I thought I could already post a first spec stump while I wait for his answer. In a first use case we imagine the module could be used to auto-generate reference lists for scientist's profile pages:

  • The module would do regular queries to the PubMed database to verify if any new articles for a given person/keyword have been published.
  • All new articles would end up in a download queue (to keep within the connection restraints set by PubMed)
  • The module downloads the articles and stores them as unpublished nodes
  • All scientists with a profile on the site receive an email with a notification that a new publication has been found for his/her name/query
  • The scientist reviews the article and approves it's publication on his/her profile
  • Depending on the settings a title, co-authors and abstract with a link to the full text article are published
  • With a block view these articles can be shown on the scientist's profile page

If you would want to do this for only a couple of profiles you could build RSS feeds in the PubMed user interface for the consecutive queries and use FeedAPI to pull in the content. But you wouldn't want to do this for more than 50 scientists (duplicate downloads, lot of manual work)... If you have any other use cases or if you would like to contribute to the development of this project, post a comment or send us a mail at info {at}

Kristof Van Tomme is an open source strategist and architect. He is the CEO and co-founder of Pronovix. He’s got a degree in bioengineering and is a regular speaker at conferences in the API, developer relations, and technical writing communities. He is the host of the Developer Success & the Business of APIs and the API Resilience podcasts.


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