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PUBMED CENTRAL BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH DATABASE CREATOR HONORED

Dr. David Lipman a finalist for prestigious 2008 Service to America MedalWashington, DC – June 23, 2008 – The Partnership for Public Service, a Washington, DC-based non-profit group that aims to “revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and transforming the way government works,” has announced that Dr. David Lipman, leader of the team that created the PubMed Central online archive of biomedical research, is among three finalists for the 2008 Service to America Medal in the Citizen Services category.

The prestigious Service to America awards honor excellence in the federal workforce, recognizing “outstanding federal workers who are making high-impact contributions critical to the safety, health and well-being of Americans.” The Citizen Services category spotlights a federal employee for “a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to social services.”

Dr. Lipman, Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is being honored for leading the development of the groundbreaking PubMed Central database, which enhances biomedical research in ways that accelerate scientific discovery and increase public knowledge.

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www.pubmedcentral.gov) is an online digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature that is available free on the Internet and heavily used by scientists and the public alike. Currently containing over 1.7 million articles relating to clinical and basic research – and growing rapidly as a result of recent legislation requiring researchers to deposit their NIH-supported work there – PubMed Central is interconnected with other biomedical and life science databases and is a crucial link in NIH’s efforts to speed discovery of new medical treatments and put high-quality information in the hands of doctors and patients.“Perhaps the greatest testament to the value of this resource is the phenomenal amount of traffic it has attracted,” according to the Partnership for Public Service profile of Dr. Lipman. “Each day, users retrieve about 650,000 articles, making it one of the most important sites in the world for finding quality biomedical information. Dr. Lipman has allowed scientists, physicians, patients, advocates, students, teachers, journalists and others to access information that affects their lives and work. This work has enhanced collaboration and, as a result, is revolutionizing scientific research and speeding the translation of existing knowledge into new breakthroughs.”  (bbj)