PubMed Getting a Makeover
Subject: RE: FW: PubMed Getting a Makeover (from Bio-IT World)
This is the official word about the new NCBI Initiative:
The NCBI Discovery Initiative is an integral part of an ongoing plan to improve the effectiveness of searching NLM and NCBI medical and biological data resources. These resources are rapidly expanding in the breadth and depth of information available as well as in usage. But more importantly, the databases are highly interlinked, providing users with unparalleled opportunities for exploring a rich information space and employing the data in the process of scientific discovery. A goal of this Initiative is to assist users in finding related information and in following the linkages that are most relevant to their queries.
The framework for supporting this approach is similar to methodologies used in popular search engines, but enhanced to exploit the biological relationships among these specialized databases. Although improvements will be incrementally introduced over the next year, the Discovery Initiative is envisioned as the leading edge of a long-range plan to maximize the utility of NLM’s biomedical data resources for its entire user community.