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NLM launches beta version of UMLS REST API

Colleagues working in bioinformatics may be interested in this announcement.

For the past 2 years, users have indicated on the UMLS Annual Report that they would be interested in a RESTful API to search and retrieve UMLS data over the web. NLM has therefore developed a beta version of a UMLS REST API that is available for use.    While additional features are in development, the current implementation of the REST API supports the most frequently needed use cases such as:

  • Searching a term and retrieving UMLS CUIs
  • Retrieving information for a CUI such as names, semantic type(s), atoms, definitions, and relationships to other CUIs.
  • Retrieving information for source-asserted identifiers (e.g. from SNOMED CT, LOINC, MeSH, ICD-10-CM, etc) such as names, parents, children, descendants, atoms, and other relationships.
  • Extracting subsets from the UMLS, such as the SNOMED CT -> ICD10CM map. /ch

NIH Image Gallery is Now on Flickr

The NIH Image Gallery is now on Flickr at

For more information please see this article from Digital Gov  – /da


NCBI Webinar: “PubMed for Scientists”

On November 12, 2015, NCBI will present “PubMed for Scientists,” a Webinar that will show you how to search biomedical literature more efficiently with PubMed. NCBI staff will teach you how to search by author, explore a subject, use filters to narrow your search, find full text articles, and set up an email alert for new research on your topic. Finally, we will answer your questions about searching PubMed.

Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST

Registration URL:

The Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. The Webinar and any materials will also be accessible on the Webinars & Courses page by clicking the “Archived Webinars & Courses” tab. /da

EHR Update – Health IT Certification Criteria

Last month, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued the final rule for the 2015 Edition Health IT Certification Criteria. This rule updates the definition of an EHR, expands the Health IT Certification Program, and gives the requirements for EHR systems to achieve meaningful use in Stage 3 of the EHR Incentive Program. The criteria was published on October 16 in the Federal Register. A short summary and highlights can be found on this ONC Fact Sheet.

The ONC is also providing a series of Certification Companion Guides to accompany this new edition. The Health IT Buzz blog includes some information on new documentation that is being released to help organizations move forward. /al

For the next six months the NN/LM Technology Coordinators will share new information on Electronic Health Records and other Health IT issues in a weekly update. We hope to increase your awareness of EHR technology developments and policies. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Alicia Lillich ( or John Bramble (

DOCLINE Users: Reminder to Update Your Schedules in 5.2

Hello DOCLINE Users,

DOCLINE 5.2 is up and running .  There are some things you can do immediately to update your account.

  1. Please set your library’s standard weekly schedule for lending via your institution record. The default setting is for 7 days per week. You will need to manually update to override the default setting.   The directions may be found HERE
  2. Plan ahead and set out of office dates for multiple upcoming time spans. You no longer need the RML’s approval for those out-of-office dates .  You can read how to set up the dates HERE

For complete release details, please see the Release Notes


Requests for Public Comments on Healthy People 2020 Objectives

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requesting written comments about new objectives that have been proposed for addition to Healthy People 2020. Your participation is important and helps shape the framework, objectives and targets of Healthy People 2020.

The objectives that HHS would like your feedback on are in the following topic areas:

  • Family Planning
  • Preparedness
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

For more information, and to submit your comments visit:

Public comments will be accepted until November 13, 5:00 pm ET.  /cm

NLM Associate Fellowship Program Accepting Applications

Are you interested in data science, data management, open science, public access, vocabularies and ontologies, consumer health, common data elements, genetics, natural language processing, imaging, digital humanities, software preservation, exhibits, and digital communication? You can learn about all this and more in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Associate Fellowship Program!

The Associate Fellowship is a one-year training program (with optional second year) for recent MLS graduates and early career librarians. During the program, Associates will:

  • Learn about the collections, databases, terminologies, research and development, training, outreach, and exhibits that comprise the work and achievements of the National Library of Medicine
  • Understand strategic planning and development at a national level
  • Work on real-life projects that affect libraries and users throughout the country
  • Join a dynamic and successful cohort of alumni
  • Attend professional development conferences and seminars

The deadline for applications is February 12, 2016. To learn more about the program or how to apply, visit:


TODAY LIVE! Multiple Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Elder Abuse and Mistreatment

As part of a national priority to promote elder justice, a key focus of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging, NIH is hosting a one-day workshop on understanding and preventing elder abuse and mistreatment. Elder abuse and mistreatment is a growing public health problem, and it has a devastating impact on the mental and physical health and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Event recording will be archived./da

Medical Library Assistance Act of 1965: How NN/LM Began

Ever wondered how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine came to be? It all started with the Medical Library Assistance Act of 1965! There were many people involved in generating the ideas and discussions that lead to the drafting and passing of this legislation. Such as Harold Bloomquist, Dr. Michael DeBakey, Senator Lister Hill, and many other health and library professionals. To learn more, visit the Circulating Now blog:   /cm

New NCBI Training on their YouTube channel: “LinkOut – Linking to Datasets, Databases and More”

There is a new training on “LinkOut – Linking to Datasets, Databases and More” on the NCBI YouTube Channel

It is an overview of LinkOut and highlights participating resources, with special emphasis on resources beyond full text articles, including databases, datasets and research tools.

There are dozens of training videos from NCBI on YouTube you can view anytime