This year, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) had a contest that challenged people to create apps that could use NLM’s vast collection of biomedical data. The winners have been announced! Thank you to all of the Entrants that participated in NLM’s first software challengeHere are the winners and honorable mentions.
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USA.gov is hosting a National Dialogue on Improving Federal Websites from September 19-30. This two-week, online dialogue is your chance to submit, vote, and comment on ideas for improving various aspects of federal websites, such as: content, search, usability, accessibility, social media, multilingual content, and online services. Future changes based on these ideas could directly impact the work government agencies like the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health do every day. You can join the conversation at http://bit.ly/qCJxnQ. To learn more about the overall .gov reform effort, go to http://1.usa.gov/qzfHUd.
One of my biggest issues with the Internet is how there are still a lot of silos. What do I mean by silo? Programs or applications that work ‘alone’ and don’t share well with other applications. I am still a big user of RSS despite rumors of it’s demise. I tend to star items in Google Reader so that I can read them later. What if I also wanted to read it later and send it to Twitter – or maybe send it to Instapaper? Especially with Instapaper, I would have to go through the trouble of copying the url and then opening up Instapaper and pasting it in there so I could read it later. It would be nice to have this kind of thing automated. I’m not a programmer so I end up waiting and relying on much smarter and clever people to create a tool that can do this for me.
In addition to face-to-face, email and phone conversations, the GMR employs Facebook, Twitter, our website, GMRLIST and the blog, The Cornflower, as communication tools. Some of our Network members are unable to access the blog because of firewall issues at their institutions. Now we think we have a solution to correct that disparity.
An email notify plugin allows automatic sending of new blog posts to GMRLIST, the GMR’s announcement email list. This tool should help us make sure that posts important enough to share with our members via the blog will also get to those who do not have blog access.
For those of you who might find this redundant, you may wish to filter the messages with the subject: New posting from The Cornflower! Whether getting access to the blog posts for the first time or a long-time blog user, let us know how the new setup works for you.
The GMR Update for July 2011 is now available online at the following URL:
Check the contract updates, new communication technologies and information about upcoming exhibits and training opportunities.
When I got my first email account in 1996 (I’m a late bloomer to some and and an early adopter to others), I emailed everyone I knew. One of the first things I would ask you was “What is your email address?” I thought it was one of the most useful things that I had ever encountered. 15 years later, I’m not sure if I feel the same way. No, I’m sure I don’t feel the same way. Not only do I have an email account for work, but I have a personal one (actually three), I get email sent to me through Facebook Messages, through LinkedIn, through Flickr – wow. Talk about overload. Not to mention the 60+ listservs I am subscribed to (many due to my responsibilities at the NN/LM GMR and other outside interests). I was reading a few of the books in the GMR Lending Library and came away with some useful information.
Today in Chicago, it is currently 48 degrees at 10:00 am. Not exactly beach weather. However, it will be soon time to take off those winter jackets and replace it with t-shirts and suntan lotion. So, did you know you can use your smartphone to help you lose weight? (Not saying you need it! You look marvelous!) Duke University researchers are using Android smartphones and wireless weight scales for a weight loss study. It’s not just that you connect with a scale wirelessly and it adds your weight to a chart on your phone; the app on your smartphone will keep track of your weight and depending how it is trending, send you messages. Hopefully they aren’t messages like “lay off the cookies, Max!” Because I love cookies too much. Anyway. This article came out a few days ago and you may find it interesting: http://www.imedicalapps.com/2011/04/duke-researchers-android-phones-bluetooth-weight-scale/.
The GMR is sponsoring nineteen sites for the April 20, 2011, MLA Webcast: Shifting Skills to Navigate the Changing Horizon: Finding Our Way in New Biomedical Research and Health Care Environments.
Congratulations to all and have an excellent and informative event.
For a list of the GMR sponsored and other sites around the country, and how to register for this powerful event, visit: http://www.mlanet.org/education/distance_ed/skills/states11.html.
For a complete list of the recipients of GMR sponsored site funding, visit: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/funding/webcastrecipients.html
The U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM®), the world’s largest library of the health sciences and a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services, is conducting a video contest.
The contest supports the NLM mission of publicizing the availability of its information products and services, including but not limited to MEDLINE®/PubMed®, MedlinePlus®, GenBank®, PubMed Central®, ClinicalTrials.gov, Bookshelf, AIDSinfo®, and Profiles in Science®. NLM invites the public to create original short videos which promote awareness of these products and services.
What to enter
Video entries should promote an NLM information product or service, such as one of the examples listed above, by telling a story of how the product or service has made a difference. For example, how has an NLM product or service helped you:
* Solve a health problem or enabled you to help a loved one?
* Carry out research or make a new discovery?
* Make a difference in clinical treatment or help a client or patient?
* Write a report?
* Be 30-60 seconds in length.
* Not contain violence, profanity, sex, attacks on individuals or organizations, or other inappropriate messages.
* Comply with all laws where the video was filmed.
* Not infringe on any third party rights.
* Be your original creation. Copyrighted music, video, or images may be used in your video if the owner of the copyright has granted permission for this use.
* Not have been previously produced for compensation. Videos already posted on the NLM Web pages are not eligible.
* End with this text: “Visit www.nlm.nih.gov”
* Be posted to YouTube (www.youtube.com). If you don’t have a YouTube account, it’s easy and only takes a few minutes to set one up. The use of YouTube.com to accept contest entries does not imply an endorsement of the site or its parent company by the US Government. For further assistance, see uploading instructions at: http://www.google.com/support/youtube/bin/topic.py?topic=16547
For more information, see the Technical Bulletin: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma11/ma11_nlm_video_contest.html – and GOOD LUCK!!