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NLM Announces New VSAC Tutorial

Friday, September 26th, 2014

NLM has announced a new Value Set Authority Center (VSAC) tutorial, Updating Value Sets. The nine-minute tutorial is available as a link from the UMLS Video Learning Resources page, the NLM Distance Education Resources page, and is posted at the NLM YouTube site. Additional tutorials designed to assist users with VSAC and VSAC authoring tools are in development. NLM encourages comments about the tutorial and suggestions for further topics, which may be sent to NLM Customer Service.

The NLM Value Set Authority Center is developed by NLM in collaboration with Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide searchable access to value sets that are used to define concepts used in clinical quality measures, and to support effective health information exchange and many other biomedical informatics applications and programs. Since October 2013, VSAC also offers the Authoring Tool that allows users to author value sets.

Changes to the NLM License Agreement for NLM Data

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is announcing the release of its revised “License Agreement for NLM Data.” This revised license, dated September 1, 2014, will supersede the license last revised on October 24, 2008. Existing licensees wishing to continue access to 2015 data will be asked to accept the new license when they renew their license in November 2014. (The 2015 renewal system will be available for existing licensees from approximately November 5 – December 10, 2014.) Beginning September 1, 2014 prospective licensees will accept the new license.

The revised license is available at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/license/license.pdf. The following summarizes the changes:

  • For many years, NLM offered a subset of the archival International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA) data via the TOXLINE Subset. However, no one is leasing the IPA subset data from us and therefore we will no longer offer it as part of our data distribution program. Parties interested in the archival IPA subset data should contact Thomson Reuters™.
    1. Section 8. PREREQUISITE ARRANGEMENT and Appendix B (Prerequisite Arrangement with Producer of Data) have been deleted from the license
    2. Sections 9 through 16 have been re-numbered accordingly (i.e., Sections 8 through 15, respectively)
    3. Appendices C and D have been re-lettered accordingly (i.e., Appendix B and Appendix C, respectively)
    4. The list of appendices in the license (Section 15. APPENDICES) has been updated
    5. References to Appendices B and C have been updated
    6. The license and appendices page numbering have been updated
  • Since October 2013, NLM no longer adds, updates or maintains records in DIRLINE (DIRLINE Ends Its 30 Year Run). Therefore, NLM will no longer lease DIRLINE data.
    1. References to DIRLINE have been deleted from Appendices A and the (re-lettered) B.

General information about leasing databases from the National Library of Medicine may be found at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/leased.html and you may contact us at nlmdatadistrib@nlm.nih.gov if you have questions or need additional information.

Margaret A. McGhee
MEDLARS Management Section

NLM Resource Update: How Can NLM TOXMAP Be Used by Native Americans and Other Populations?

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Although TOXMAP is not specifically designed for any one particular group, the Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program and Superfund Programs can be of interest to specific populations such as Native Americans by helping to find sources of chemical releases and contamination in locations of interest to them.

In the beta version of TOXMAP, click on the “Zoom to Location” icon, enter “reservation” or “rancheria” into the “Address or Place” search box, then click “Zoom to.”

In TOXMAP classic click on “Zoom to a Place”, enter “reservation” or “rancheria” into the “other place name” search box, then click “Submit”. You can also overlay US Census data by race: “American Indian and Alaskan Native” (1990) or “One Race: American Indian and Alaska Native” and “Two or More Races Including American Indian and Alaska Native” (2000).

For more information, see the TOXMAP and Native American Populations page.

My NCBI – ORCID Author Data Integration with SciENcv

Friday, September 26th, 2014

SciENcv users will soon be able to create SciENcv profiles using the data stored in their ORCID records. By linking an ORCID account to an NCBI account, users will be able to create SciENcv profiles using the personal statement, education, employment, publications and research awards information stored in ORCID records.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so14/so14_sciencv_orcid.html

NLM Resource Update: Environmental Health Student Portal

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine Environmental Health Student Portal has added Mercury and Your Health, an animation about the uses of mercury and how exposure can impact human health. The 16-minute video introduces children to mercury and its basic properties, discusses mercury exposure routes, outlines health impacts of mercury, describes mercury containing products, discusses mercury contamination in the environment, outlines the proper disposal of mercury containing products, discusses bioaccumulation and mercury contamination of fish, and describes additional sources that children could use to find credible health information on mercury.

The Environmental Health Student Portal connects middle school students and science teachers with free, reliable, and engaging environmental health education resources. The Student Portal offers a diverse array of engaging educational materials such as videos, games and activities, lesson plans, experiments and projects, fun challenges, as well as additional resources for further reading. Mercury is one of the chemicals covered in this resource.

NCBI RefSeq Release 67 Available on FTP

Friday, September 26th, 2014

The full RefSeq release 67 is now available on the NCBI FTP site with over 61 million records describing 45,166,402 proteins; 8,163,775 RNAs; and sequences from 41,913 different NCBI TaxIDs. More details about the RefSeq release 67 are included in the release statistics and release notes. In addition, reports indicating the accessions included in the release and the files installed are available.

To subscribe to the ncbi-announce mailing list, visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mailman/listinfo/ncbi-announce.

Check Out the Latest Issue of the MAReport

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Ebola Outbreak Resources from National Library of Medicine

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

A new web page, Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources, is now available from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) Disaster Information Management Research Center. The resources on this page may be of value to international and local organizations and individuals providing Ebola outbreak-related services in West Africa, as well as friends and family of people in the affected region. NLM has activated the Emergency Access Initiative in support of medical efforts in West Africa.

Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources http://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/ebola_2014.html

Emergency Access Initiative: http://eai.nlm.nih.gov
NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Fighting Ebola Outbreak http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/ebola_emergency_access.html

Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit: Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania Libraries

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

SAVE THE DATE: Emergency Preparedness and Response Summit: Creating a Readiness Culture within Pennsylvania Libraries

 

When:   Tuesday, November 4, 2014 / 9:00 am – 3:30 pm (ET)

Where: Penn Stater, State College, PA

NOTE:  A block of rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate of $109/night. Use code

DISK14A. Room block expires Oct. 4th—so reserve your hotel room now!

 

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, in conjunction with the Altoona Public Library, are partnering to offer a one-day symposium. The goals of the symposium are:

  • To improve workplace readiness and
  • To bring the library community together with the emergency planning community, first responders, public health workers, and community-based groups charged with disaster-related responsibilities and to provide a forum for discussing roles libraries and information professionals can play in supporting future disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts

 

Agenda: http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_summit2014/

 

Who should attend?: All public library staff, medical library staff, the emergency planning community, and other interested colleagues

 

Cost: $10 per person includes morning break and lunch

 

Registration: http://tinyurl.com/nzlxr7q

 

Apply for an award to attend: The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR) offers professional development awards to support your registration, travel, and per diem expenses: http://nnlm.gov/mar/funding/prof_dev_awards2014.html

 

Pre-Symposium Webinar of Interest: September is National Emergency Preparedness Month. Join the NN/LM MAR for this informative webinar:

 

How to Navigate the Information Maze to Access Disaster Health Information

 

Date / Time:  Thursday, September 25, 2014 / Noon – 1 pm (ET)

Where:            https://webmeeting.nih.gov/lunch2/ (Online / No Registration Required)

Presenters:

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell and Cindy Love
Disaster Information Management Research Center
National Library of Medicine

Summary: Knowing where to find reliable and authoritative information on a timely basis is key for all preparedness and response activities. Critical information is highly scattered across many diverse sources and can be difficult to find. In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC) will provide a review on how to navigate through the information maze to efficiently access the best information possible from both government and non-government sources.

NLM Resource Update: Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products: http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/

The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions,  including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.

The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:

  • What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
  • Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
  • Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
  • What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
  • What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?

Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.