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NCBI Webinar: The Next Generation of Access to Sequencing Data

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Next Wednesday, February 25, NCBI staff will present a webinar on the SRA Toolkit, a system for accessing the approximately 3.4 Petabases of next-generation genomic and expressed sequence data housed in the NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA). As data sets become larger, mining information and performing comparisons directly from structured databases becomes increasingly necessary. The SRA Toolkit is not only capable of dumping the data out as a fastq or sam file, but also provides direct analysis and comparison from specific genomics regions across hundreds or thousands of samples.

In the webinar, we will show examples of configuration and use of the Toolkit for both public SRA and controlled access data associated with studies in the Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP).

To register for this webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2847950984085163009

Deadline Extended for Public Comments on Proposals to Enhance Transparency of Clinical Trial Results

Friday, February 20th, 2015

In November, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released for public comment two proposals to increase the transparency of clinical trials via information submitted to ClinicalTrials.gov, a publicly accessible database operated by the National Library of Medicine. One is a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that describes proposed regulations for registering and submitting summary results of certain clinical trials to ClinicalTrials.gov in compliance with Title VIII of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA). A major proposed change from current requirements is the expansion of the scope of clinical trials required to submit summary results to include trials of unapproved, unlicensed, and uncleared products. The second proposal is a draft NIH policy that would extend the similar registration and reporting requirements to all clinical trials funded by NIH, regardless of whether they are subject to FDAAA. Both proposals aim to improve public access to information about specified clinical trials, information that is not necessarily available from other public sources.

The public may comment on any aspect of the NPRM or proposed NIH Policy. Written comments on the NPRM should be submitted to docket number NIH-2011-0003. Commenters are asked to indicate the specific section of the NPRM to which each comment refers. Written comments on the proposed NIH Policy should be submitted electronically to the Office of Clinical Research and Bioethics Policy, Office of Science Policy, NIH, via email; mail at 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 750, Bethesda, MD 20892; or by fax at 301-496-9839, by March 23, 2015.

PubMed Subject Filter Strategies Updated for 2015

Friday, February 20th, 2015

PubMed subject filter strategies are reviewed each year to determine if modifications are necessary. Modifications may include revisions due to changes in Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) vocabulary or MEDLINE journals, adding or deleting terms, and changing parts of a strategy to optimize retrieval. The following subset strategies were recently revised:

Is Granularity the Next Discovery Frontier?

Friday, February 13th, 2015

NISO Two-Part March Webinar: Is Granularity the Next Discovery Frontier?

Part 1: Supporting Direct Access to Increasingly Granular Chunks of Content

Date: March 11, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

Event webpage: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/webinars/granularity_pt1/

 

Part 2:  The Business Complexities of Granular Discovery

Date: March 18, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

Event webpage: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/webinars/granularity_pt2/

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NISO will be holding a two-part webinar on March 11 and 18 to explore the question, Is Granularity the Next Discovery Frontier?

The rise of the Discovery System in the library world has helped to streamline searching for end users by providing them with search functionality that more closely resembles search engines like Google than traditional database searches. But with this streamlined search comes added expectations from users about their ability to drill down into content and retrieve more granular pieces of information—anything from book chapters and individual letters to the editor to specific graphs and images could conceivably be retrieved in a more granular search.

Users are beginning to expect more granular search and access in Discovery System searches — encyclopedia articles, images, tables, book chapters. The implications for discovery system providers, content providers, and libraries to realize this vision are significant. These granular “objects” each have to be retrievable separately from the parent object and each has to have its own metadata and indexing. What is needed to ensure that discovery systems can retrieve and display information below the publication or article level? What is the role of the content provider and the library in this scenario? How do libraries help end users find and use this content?

This two-part NISO Webinar for March will examine the many implications of an increasingly granular discovery environment.

ABOUT PART 1: Supporting Direct Access to Increasingly Granular Chunks of Content

In Part 1: Supporting Direct Access to Increasingly Granular Chunks of Content, this webinar will discuss the implications of granular content for user search interfaces and discovery engines.

Topics and speakers are:

  • Working with Metadata Challenges to Support Granular Levels of Access and Descriptions – Myung-Ja Han, Assistant Professor/Metadata Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Urbana, Illinois
  • How Discovery Services are Meeting Evolving Granular Discovery User Needs – Tito Sierra, Director of Product Management, EBSCO Information Services

ABOUT PART 2: The Business Complexities of Granular Discovery

Part 2 will look at The Business Complexities of Granular Discovery, and presenters will discuss the implications of granular content​ discovery for the business side of the equation.

Topics and speakers are:

  • Enabling discoverability into specific segments of multimedia– Andrea Eastman-Mullins, Chief Operating Officer, Alexander Street Press
  • The Business side of Making Granular Discovery Work  – Dan Valen, Product Specialist, figshare

REGISTRATION

Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on March 11 for Part 1 and March 18 for Part 2 (the days of the webinars). Discounts are available for NISO and NASIG members and students.

NISO Library Standards Alliance (LSA) members receive one free connection as part of membership and do not need to register. (The LSA member webinar contact will automatically receive the login information. Members are listed here:www.niso.org/about/roster/#library_standards_alliance. If you would like to become an LSA member and receive the entire year’s webinars as part of membership, information on joining is listed here: www.niso.org/about/join/alliance/.)

All webinar registrants and LSA webinar contacts receive access to the recorded version for one year. You can register for either or both parts. There is a 25% discount if registering for both. Visit the event webpages to register and for more information:
Part 1: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/webinars/granularity_pt1/
Part 2: http://www.niso.org/news/events/2015/webinars/granularity_pt2/

Librarians Talk about Using Altmetrics

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Library Journal and Plum Analytics are hosting a webinar about modern metrics.  There is growing interest in altmetrics and people are hungry for stories about how people are using them.  Many institutions are utilizing new metrics to help showcase research, do analysis, bring value to their institutional repositories and more.  This webinar features users telling their stories about what they are doing with these modern metrics.

Topic:  Practical Uses of Altmetrics

Date:  Wednesday, February 11

Time:  1:00 pm (ET)

The speakers for this webinar are:

  • Robin Champieux – Scholarly Communication Librarian, Oregon Health & Science University
  • Tim Deliyannides – Director, Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Head, Information Technology, University of Pittsburgh
  • Andrea Michalek – President & Co-Founder, Plum Analytics

For more information go here.

NLM Announces Pill Image Recognition Request for Information

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has issued a call for participation in a Pill Image Recognition (PIR) Request for Information (RFI). Unidentified and misidentified prescription pills present challenges for individuals and professionals. Unidentified pills can be found by family members, health professionals, educators, and law enforcement. The nine out of 10 US citizens over age 65 who take more than one prescription pill can be prone to misidentifying those pills.

This PIR RFI is a pilot for a forthcoming PIR Challenge whose goal is to develop smart phone apps that individuals can use to take pictures of prescription pills and then search for and retrieve pill images and associated data of likely matches in an NLM database. NLM anticipates that respondents will include professionals and students, individually or in teams, in computer vision and computer graphics working on content-based image retrieval. Instructions for responding to the RFI are available on the PIR website.

The deadline for submissions to this RFI is Monday, April 27, 2015.

Another Coffee Break: Word and Excel Templates

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Here at the Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) we began 2015 blogging about the CDC Coffee Breaks. For February we’re offering a refill by featuring some notes from a recent American Evaluation Association (AEA) coffee break webcast. Unlike the CDC, the 20 minute AEA coffee break webcasts are not freely available to the public but are an included benefit of AEA membership. The webcast briefly covered best practices in data visualization using two commonly available resources (Microsoft Word and Excel) and how to automate use of them by creating templates for report format consistency and easier workflow.

Some great resources to learn more how to do this and bookmark for future reference include

Specific for Word

Specific for Excel

Hospital & Academic Librarians: This ACA Symposium is for You!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Affordable Care Act / Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference

  • Do you know how ACA impacts reimbursements and your hospital’s budget?
  • Do you need help demystifying meaningful use, reimbursements, HCAHPS scores, and more?
  • Can you recognize/anticipate and support your hospital’s ACA-driven operational and service line changes?
  • Do you know how health literacy impacts the ACA?
  • Do you have an interest in developing partnerships for outreach and education?

When:             Friday, April 24, 2015 (Registration deadline:  April 10, 2015)

Where:            Sonesta Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost:                This symposium is funded by NN/LM MAR.  There is no registration fee.

NN/LM MAR network members are eligible to apply for reimbursement of travel expenses—apply early!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/maracastipend

Details:           http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access2015/

Registrationhttp://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access_register/

Hotel:              Sonesta Philadelphia / Special rate available using the name “MAR”

MLA CEs:         Attendance qualifies for MLA continuing education credits

Public Librarians: This ACA Symposium is for You!

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Affordable Care Act / Access to Care – Libraries Making a Difference

Do you want to increase your comfort level when helping library users access health insurance information and the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

  • Do you understand how the Marketplace works?
  • Do you need help demystifying ACA terms such as “meaningful use”?
  • What everyday challenges do library users face when they enroll?
  • Are you concerned about the privacy and security of library users’ personal information?
  • Have you thought about partnerships for outreach, education, and health literacy?

When:             Friday, April 24, 2015 (Registration deadline:  April 10, 2015)

Where:            Sonesta Philadelphia, 1800 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost:                This symposium is funded by NN/LM MAR.  There is no registration fee.

NN/LM MAR network members are eligible to apply for reimbursement of travel expenses—apply early!  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/maracastipend

Details:           http://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access2015/

Registrationhttp://guides.nnlm.gov/mar_access_register/

Hotel:              Sonesta Philadelphia / Special rate available using the name “MAR”

MLA CEs:         Attendance qualifies for continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association (MLA)

Nucleic Acids Research Database 2015 Issue Features NCBI Databases

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The 22nd annual edition of the Nucleic Acids Research Database Issue features nine free full-text papers from NCBI staff that present recent updates to the databases, including GenBank, Gene, and RefSeq. These papers describe the state of NCBI databases as well as future plans to improve their use, from new reference resources created to improve the usability of viral sequence data to in-house curation efforts in the Conserved Domain Database, and much more. The articles are all available from PubMed.