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NCCAM Gets New Name!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

As part of the omnibus budget measure signed by President Obama in December 2014, Congress changed the name of NCCAM to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, or NCCIH. The change was made to more accurately reflect the Center’s research commitment to studying promising health approaches that are already in use by the American public. Since the Center’s inception, complementary approaches have grown in use to the point that Americans no longer consider them an alternative to medical care. The name change is in keeping with the Center’s existing Congressional mandate and is aligned with the strategic plan currently guiding the Center’s research priorities and public education activities. The mission of the organization will remain unchanged.

Large population-based surveys have found that the use of “alternative medicine,” unproven practices used in place of conventional medicine, is actually rare. By contrast, integrative health care, which can be defined as combining complementary approaches into conventional treatment plans, has grown within care settings across the nation, including hospitals, hospices, and military health facilities. The goal of an integrative approach is to enhance overall health, prevent disease, and to alleviate debilitating symptoms such as pain and stress and anxiety management that often affects patients coping with complex and chronic disease.

The Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) was established in 1992 within the Office of the Director, NIH, to facilitate the study and evaluation of complementary and alternative medical practices and to disseminate the resulting information to the public. In 1998, NCCAM was established by Congress, elevating OAM to the status of an NIH center. In February 2011, NCCAM released Exploring the Science of Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Third Strategic Plan 2011–2015, which continues to guide NCCIH’s work.

More Qualitative Data Visualization Ideas

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

In September, the OERC blogged about a way to create qualitative data visualizations by chunking a long narrative into paragraphs with descriptive illustrations.

Ann Emery has shown six additional ways to create qualitative data visualization: 1) Strategic world cloud use (one word or before/after comparisons), 2) Quantitative + Qualitative combined (a graph of percentages and a quote from an open-ended text comment) 3) Photos alongside participant responses (only appropriate for non-anonymized data) 4) Icon images beside text narratives 5) Diagrams explaining processes or concepts (the illustration of a health worker’s protective gear from Ebola in the Washington Post is a great example) and 6) Graphic timelines. See these examples and overviews on how to make your own at  http://annkemery.com/qual-dataviz/

Do you need more information about reporting and visualizing your data? We at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) have more resources available for you from the Reporting and Visualizing tab of our Tools and Resources for Evaluation Guide at http://guides.nnlm.gov/oerc/tools and welcome your suggestions for additional resources to include and your comments.

Ebola in Context: New Free Online Course

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

January 19, 2015

Two weeks / 6 hours per week

This two-week asynchronous free interdisciplinary course looks at the science behind the Ebola outbreak to understand why it has occurred on this scale and how it can be controlled. This course is designed for healthcare professionals or anyone working in a health organization; undergraduate students taking a healthcare or science-related degree; medical students and postgraduates wishing to complement their studies; and anyone else with a keen interest in the science behind Ebola.

http://blogs.lshtm.ac.uk/alumni/2014/12/09/ebola-context-new-free-online-course-launched/

Register: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ebola-in-context

NISO Launches New Standards Development Projects in New Forms of Assessing Impact & Altmetrics

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Interested participants from libraries, scholarly publishers, research funders, scholars, university departments of academic affairs, providers of alternative metrics data, and system providers are encouraged to contact NISO

The voting members of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) have approved four new projects to develop standards for alternative assessment metrics (altmetrics). The NISO Alternative Assessment Metrics Initiative was begun in July 2013 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with a goal of building trust and adoption in new methods of assessing impact. Phase 1 of the project, which was completed this summer, gathered a large array of relevant stakeholder groups to identify what areas of alternative metrics would benefit most from standards-related developments. This input was distilled into a white paper published in June 2014, which was then presented to the NISO community to prioritize the action items as possible NISO work items. Phase 2 of the project will be to develop standards or recommended practices in the prioritized areas of definitions, calculation methodologies, improvement of data quality, and use of persistent identifiers in alternative metrics. As part of each project, relevant use cases and how they apply to different stakeholder groups will be developed.

“Assessment of scholarship is a critical component of the research process, impacting everything from which projects get funded to who gains promotion and tenure, and which publications gain prominence in their fields of inquiry,” explains Martin Fenner, Technical Lead, PLOS Article Level Metrics, and Chair of the NISO Alternative Metrics Initiative Steering Committee. “However, traditional metrics that have been primarily based on print processes are failing to keep pace with both the expanded range of research outputs produced by scholars, and the diverse usage of these research outputs in scholarly communication that is increasingly purely electronic. Altmetrics are increasingly being used and discussed as an expansion of the tools available for measuring the scholarly and social impact of research. For altmetrics to move out of its current pilot or proof-of-concept phase, we need to develop commonly used definitions and guidelines for appropriate collection and reporting of data, so that organizations who wish to utilize these metrics can adequately understand them and ensure their consistent application and meaning across the community.”

“The NISO Alternative Assessment Steering Committee will oversee several working groups that will be formed to develop the identified standards and recommended practices,” states Nettie Lagace, NISO Associate Director for Programs. “For participation on these working groups, we are seeking interested participants from all the affected stakeholders including libraries, scholarly publishers, research funders (governmental and non-governmental), scholars, university departments of academic affairs, providers of alternative metrics data, and system providers who incorporate different elements of alternative metrics in their services.”

“We expect this initiative will continue to be broadly inclusive, with contributions from a diverse set of voices, who will be reliant on these new metrics and resulting tools,” said Todd Carpenter, NISO Executive Director. “In addition to the working group members, we also will seek broader community feedback through stakeholder interest groups. In addition, draft documents will be made available for public comment and/or trial use before finalization and publication. NISO will also schedule public webinars for further discussion and training during the development process.”

The approved proposal for the Phase 2 projects as well as the Phase 1 White Paper are available on the NISO website at: www.niso.org/topics/tl/altmetrics_initiative/. Anyone interested in participating on one of the initiative’s working groups should use the online contact form (www.niso.org/contact/) and indicate in which of the four activity area(s) you are interested.

Cynthia Hodgson

Technical Editor / Consultant

National Information Standards Organization

chodgson@niso.org

Job Ad: Community Health Coordinator, Houston, TX

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

http://joblist.ala.org/modules/jobseeker/controller.cfm?rssjobid=28202

Super Searcher: Enhancing Your Online Search Super Powers

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:           Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator

Date / Time:       Thursday, January 8, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Thursday, January 15, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Thursday, January 22, 2015 / 1 – 2 pm (ET)

Where:                3 sessions / Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=399

PubMed for Librarians: Introduction to PubMed

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Tuesday, February 3, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=519

PubMed for Librarians: MeSH

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Wednesday, February 4, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=521

PubMed for Librarians: Automatic Term Mapping

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Thursday, February 5, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=523

PubMed for Librarians: Building and Refining Your Search

Monday, December 15th, 2014

Presenter:       NLM Training Center

Date / Time:  Tuesday, February 10, 2015 / 3 pm (ET)

Where:             Online

Details / Registrationhttp://nnlm.gov/training/schedule/class_details.html?class_id=527