BabelMeSH: development of a cross-language tool for MEDLINE/PubMed

AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2006;2006:1012.


BabelMeSH is a cross-language tool for searching MEDLINE/PubMed. Queries can be submitted as single terms or complex phrases in French, Spanish and Portuguese. Citations will be sent to the user in English. It uses a smart parser interface with a medical terms database in MySQL. Preliminary evaluation using compound key words in foreign language medical journals showed an accuracy of 68%, 60% and 51% for French, Spanish and Portuguese, respectively. Development is continuing.

MeSH terms

  • Information Storage and Retrieval*
  • Language
  • Medical Subject Headings*
  • PubMed*
  • Translating*
  • User-Computer Interface