Figure 2.

The automatic search procedure by the Medline Agent. The automatic search includes the recording, parsing and storage of user preferences (steps 1–3), code-generation and search by the software (steps 4–5), storage (step 6) and presentation (steps 7–9) or the retrieved information. User preferences were stored in the database and will later be parsed into the executable code. The software performed search automatically according to the designated schedule and preference such as website, terms and sources. The retrieved information was stored within the IIS and presented over the Web.

Chen et al. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making 2005 5:6   doi:10.1186/1472-6947-5-6
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