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Registration Now Available for the 9th International Data Curation Conference February 24-27, 2014, in San Francisco

The 9th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will be held from February 24-27, 2014, at the Omni San Francisco Hotel, and registration is now open. This year the IDCC will focus on how data-driven developments are changing the world around us, recognizing that the growing volume and complexity of data provides institutions, researchers, businesses, and communities with a range of exciting opportunities and challenges. The Conference will explore the expanding portfolio of tools and data services, as well as the diverse skills that are essential to explore, manage, use, and benefit from valuable data assets. The program will reflect cultural, technical, and economic perspectives, and will illustrate the progress made in this arena in recent months.

IDCC14 will be organized by the Digital Curation Centre UK, in partnership with the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The draft program is now available.

National Academy of Sciences Announces Data and Information Challenge

The National Academy of Sciences Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) is holding an open challenge to increase awareness of current issues and opportunities in research data and information. These issues include, but are not limited to, accessibility, integration, discoverability, reuse, sustainability, perceived versus real value, and reproducibility. Opportunities include, but are not limited to, analyzing such data and information in new ways to achieve significant societal benefit. Entrants are expected to describe one or more of the following:

  • Novel ideas
  • Tools
  • Processes
  • Models
  • Outcomes

There is no restriction on the type of data or information, or the type of innovation that can be described. All data and tools that form the basis of a contestant’s entry must be made freely and openly available. The challenge is held in memory of Lee Dirks, a pioneer in scholarly communication. Anticipated outcomes of the challenge include the potential for original and innovative solutions to societal problems using existing research data and information, national recognition for the successful contestants, and possibly their institutions.

Contestants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. A one-page Letter of Intent, including the project title, project outline, names, affiliations, emails and telephone numbers of contestants, is encouraged but not required. This letter of intent will not be used to evaluate submissions, but will be used to determine the expertise needed for judging of submissions. The deadline for the submission of this Letter of Intent is December 1, 2013, and should be sent by email to Cheryl Levey. Final entries must be submitted to Ms. Levey by May 15, 2014, and expand the project outline to no more than 3000 words. Submissions will be judged by BRDI members and other relevant experts based upon:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Potential benefits to society
  • Feasibility

The First Place and Second Place winners will be announced on the Board on Research Data and Information website in early July, 2014. Awardees will be invited to present their projects at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., as part of a symposium of the regularly scheduled Board of Research Data and Information meeting in the latter half of 2014.

DOCLINE Quarterly Statistical Reports Now Available!

NLM has released the following DOCLINE quarterly statistical reports for July-September 2013:

  • Summary DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-1A, 1-11A, 1-1AT)
  • Summary DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-1B)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Borrower Statistics (Reports 1-2A, 1-22A)
  • Detailed DOCLINE Lender Statistics (Report 1-2B)
  • Resource Library Quarterly Report – Fill Rate (Report 2-14)
  • Loansome Doc Detailed Lender Statistics (Report 5-1A)
  • Loansome Doc Throughput Report (Report 5-1B)

Please note: Reports 1-11A, 1-1AT, and 1-22A are only distributed to libraries that have entered requests in DOCLINE for other libraries. Report 2-14 is only distributed to resource libraries.

DOCLINE statistical reports are available by going to Requests, then Reports in the DOCLINE menu. Instructions for downloading and printing reports may be found in the “Request Reports” section of the online manual (click the Help link at the top of the DOCLINE screen) or in the Reports section of DOCLINE’s FAQ page.

WebJunction Seeks Stories to Share for “Health Happens in Libraries” Project!

WebJunction has announced an updated Health Happens in Libraries area of their website. Please visit the project page and spread the word about the updated Resources section, where you will find:

  • Resources produced as part of WebJunction’s work to support libraries in their efforts to provide eHealth services to their communities
  • Official Affordable Care Act (ACA) resources for all states
  • Examples of resources created by libraries to respond to patron ACA and eHealth inquiries
  • FAQs

Health information support happens in libraries every day, and you are encouraged to submit stories or perspectives to share your library’s role in supporting community health and wellness by contacting content@webjunction.org. Here are a few questions to address:

  • What programs or resources does your library provide to support health and wellness in your community? How do patrons and/or community partners benefit from these services?
  • In what ways has your library been involved in supporting patrons with ACA application and enrollment activities? What are you learning from responding to this new information need?

Share your experiences with colleagues in the field!

HHS Launches Second Video Game on Disaster Planning!

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (OCPO) has released its second web-based security training module, CyberSecure: Your Medical Practice. This latest game focuses on disaster planning, data backup and recovery, and other elements of contingency planning. Contingency planning helps providers and staff prepare for power outages, floods, fires, or weather related events such as hurricanes or tornadoes. These events can damage patient health information or make it unavailable. Planning for these events can help ensure that patient health information is protected and that patient information can be accessed when the disaster is over. This training module uses a game format that requires users to respond to privacy and security challenges often faced in a typical small medical practice. Users choosing the right response earn points and see their virtual medical practices flourish. But users making the wrong security decisions can hurt their virtual practices.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and is an opportunity for ONC to remind providers about the need to create contingency plans to assure a safe and secure cyber environment. Contingency Planning is also required by the HIPAA Security Rule.

NIH announces 15 Clinical and Translational Science Awards!

The National Institute of Health’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) has announced awards of more than $79 million in fiscal year 2013 funding to support 15 Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs). The CTSA program catalyzes improvements across the entire spectrum of translational research through efforts to broadly develop, demonstrate, and disseminate health interventions. It serves as a connector to engage key partners including other NIH institutes and centers, patient groups, communities, health care providers, industry, and regulatory organizations. Currently, 62 medical research institutions are active members of the CTSA Consortium. The 2013 awards expand consortium representation to New Hampshire with an award to Dartmouth, extending the network to 31 states and the District of Columbia. These institutions receiving five-year awards include two locations in NN/LM PSR:

  • Albert  Einstein College of Medicine, New York City
  • Dartmouth  College, Hanover, N.H.
  • Duke  University, Durham, N.C.
  • Harvard  Medical School, Boston
  • Indiana  University, Indianapolis
  • Johns  Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • Ohio  State University, Columbus
  • Scripps  Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif.
  • Stanford  University, Stanford, Calif.
  • Tufts  University, Boston
  • University  of Colorado, Denver
  • University  of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University  of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  • University  of Utah, Salt Lake City

A complete list of descriptions is available for all CTSA-funded institutions. To learn more about how CTSA-supported investigators are translating basic discoveries into improved health, visit the NCATS website.

NLM Enhances Online Resource “In His Own Words: Martin Cummings and the NLM”

The National Library of Medicine Library has announced the enhancement of In His Own Words: Martin Cummings and the NLM, a digital edition of selected speeches and articles by the man who served as its director from 1964 to 1983. During his tenure, Dr. Cummings guided NLM into the computer age and significantly broadened its mission. Originally launched in February 2012, In His Own Words now includes Dr. Cummings’ annual Congressional appropriations testimonies, along with commentary provided by Dr. Cummings through interviews with Dr. Cheryl Dee of San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science and Florida State University School of Library and Information Services. These enhancements document Dr. Cummings’s opinion that the testimonies and commentaries together offer the most valuable window into NLM’s program development from the 1960s to the 1980s. Reflecting on his testimonies, and the subsequent question and answer sessions defending them, Dr. Cummings’s commentary provides contextual insight on significant turning points in the Library’s history and the political personalities that influenced them.

Martin Marc Cummings, MD (1920–2011), was a medical educator, physician, scientific administrator and medical librarian. Highly respected in all of these disciplines, he made significant contributions to medical informatics and librarianship. As a whole, In His Own Words represents the NLM’s ongoing commitment to collecting materials related to its institutional history and programmatic impact—as part of the NLM Archives—as well as to digitizing these collections and making them widely available for the benefit of researchers, educators, and students.

PubMed Relevance Sort

PubMed now includes a new relevance sort option! The “Relevance” sort option is available from the “Display Settings” menu under the “Sort by” selections. The relevance sort order for search results is based on an algorithm that analyzes each PubMed citation that includes the search terms. For each search query, “weight” is calculated for citations depending on how many search terms are found and in which fields they are found. In addition, recently-published articles are given a somewhat higher weight for sorting.

Easy access to the relevance sort will also initially be provided under a “New feature” discovery tool:

PubMed Summary results with

Users may either choose “Relevance” from the “Display Settings Sort by” menu or click the “Sort by Relevance” link in the New Feature discovery tool. For additional information, please visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Boots on the Ground: ACA Outreach and Enrollment Efforts in California!

NN/LM PSR Consumer Health & Technology Coordinator Kelli Ham attended an event hosted by the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network (CPEHN) on October 15, 2013, for stakeholders involved with the Affordable Care Act. The four-hour session was titled A New Era of Coverage: Maximizing Participation in the ACA and was held at the California Endowment in Los Angeles. Attendees included county agencies, certified enrollment counselors, outreach and education grantee organizations, health plans, and insurance companies.

The session was well worth attending! I was able to hear first-hand about ‘boots on the ground’ efforts to educate California residents about the new health insurance law and to help them sign up for accounts, learn about their options, and enroll in a health insurance plan. In addition, we all participated in a group activity in the afternoon which was a very productive exercise; groups responded to questions and brainstormed ideas for outreach to “hard-to-reach” communities, such as immigrants, limited-English proficient, homeless/re-entry populations, and low wage/part-time workers. Groups discussed the barriers and strategies for reaching the population and enrolling them in health coverage. Potential partner organizations and agencies were also identified.

The results of this activity were enlightening; while each group suggested standard approaches, many ideas were proposed that would work well for outreach from the NN/LM standpoint. For instance, our group chose ‘Young Immigrants’ as our target population. Some of the barriers identified for this group were the distrust of government agencies, immigration status and fear of deportation, lack of perceived need for health insurance (young invincibles), and language difficulties. Strategies for reaching this population included the use of social media, mobile apps, tables at street fairs, outreach at clubs, ads on public transportation (bus, Metro), adult schools, and ESL classes. Word of mouth is also powerful, so recruiting young people from this group is another strategy. Possible partnering organizations would be non-profits that deal with undocumented young people who came to the U.S. as children, other legal organizations, local clinics, and Planned Parenthood, to name a few.

Since the Covered California website had only been up and running for a few weeks, few statistics were available. According to one of the presenters, the website had over 987,000 unique visits during the first week. Combining telephone contacts and the web site, there were over 43,000 applications and over 16,000 household applications were completed. More statistics will be released in the near future.

Anyone who is interested in attending local workshops or presentations can see announcements on the Covered California Twitter feed, @coveredca, or view news and upcoming events at the Covered California News Center page. Libraries might be interested in hosting a program with outreach and education counselors; the best way to find local grantee organizations is to download the updated PDF file Outreach and Education Grant Program Award Recipients, dated August 20, 2013. Also, library patrons might be interested in applying by phone rather than the website. According to Covered California, it takes less than an hour to enroll in a Covered California health plan by phone. Service centers are open weekdays 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m, available at 800-300-1506.

PubMed Commons: A New Forum for Scientific Discourse

PubMed Commons HomepageNCBI has released PubMed Commons, currently in pilot phase, which is a system that enables researchers to share their opinions about scientific publications. Researchers can comment on any publication indexed by PubMed, and read the comments of others. PubMed Commons is a forum for open and constructive criticism and discussion of scientific issues. It will thrive with high quality interchange from the scientific community. PubMed Commons is currently in a closed pilot testing phase, which means that only invited participants can add and view comments in PubMed.

For the current pilot testing phase there is a limited facility for joining that may work for you. Several organizations have provided lists of approved author e-mail addresses. If you are included on the list, you can request an invitation to join. Additional options for joining will be provided in future releases.

For additional information, visit the NCBI Insights blog.