The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) Medical Text Indexer is being used as one of the baselines for the international BioASQ challenge. The Medical Text Indexer (MTI), a system for producing indexing recommendations, assists in the indexing process at NLM. The BioASQ challenge is a series of challenges on biomedical semantic indexing and question answering, with the aim of advancing the state of the art accessibility for researchers and clinicians to biomedical text. The MTI indexing results are providing one of the baselines used in the “Large-scale online biomedical semantic indexing” part of the challenge, which is designed to parallel the human indexing currently being done at NLM. Alan R. Aronson, PhD, Principal Investigator for the MTI project, also will be delivering an invited talk on Indexing The Biomedical Literature In A Time Of Increased Demand And Limited Resources at the BioASQ Workshop in September. Dr. Aronson is a Principal Investigator at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications, an Intramural Research Division of the National Library of Medicine.
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NLM to Participate with Partners in “An Epidemiology of Information: New Methods for Interpreting Disease and Data”
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has announced its next initiative as part of its ongoing partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Working with NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), the NLM will be a part of An Epidemiology of Information: New Methods for Interpreting Disease and Data, an interdisciplinary symposium exploring new methods for large-scale data analysis of epidemic disease.
Scheduled to take place at the Virginia Tech Research Center in Arlington, VA, on October 17, 2013, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, “An Epidemiology of Information” will be a unique public forum through which policy makers, public health experts, and scholars can address pressing questions about how new methods of analyzing large-scale datasets can inform research and policy approaches to epidemic disease. Panelists will consider what these new methods suggest for contemporary infodemiology and epidemic intelligence, as well as the implications of data mining as a disease surveillance mechanism, and how new forms of reporting and public health surveillance affect public health policy. The symposium will also explore how these new methods can inform research on the 1918 influenza pandemic, and help to answer lingering questions about the spread of the disease, its pathogenicity, the unusual mortality rates, or the effectiveness of public health responses.
Featured speakers will include Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger, Chief, Viral Pathogenesis and Evolution Section, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and Dr. David Morens, Senior Advisor to the Director, NIAID, whose research in data analysis and historical epidemiology has influenced the approaches being adopted and adapted by digital humanities scholars working in the history of medicine. “An Epidemiology of Information” is made possible in part from support received by Virginia Tech through the international Digging into Data Challenge competition sponsored by NEH. Funding for Virginia Tech’s Canadian partner, the Center for E-Health Initiatives of the University of Toronto, comes from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
The National Library of Medicine has initiated an outreach effort to the Latino community for the federal Web site on AIDS, infoSIDA, a free, online Spanish-language resource for HIV/AIDS information regarding treatment, prevention, and research findings. It is a service of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and includes authoritative content from the following HHS agencies; the National Institutes of Health, including NLM; the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA); and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This Spanish-language Web site is designed to provide health information resources to the Latino community in an easy-to-use format, utilizing culturally appropriate and relevant language.
Today in America, according to the CDC, approximately one in 50 Latinos will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. The rate of new HIV infections among Latino men is almost three times that of white men (39.9 vs. 15.9 per 100,000), and the rate among Latinas is more than four times that of white women (11.8 vs. 2.6 per 100,000). In 2009, Hispanics/Latinos represented 16% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 20% of new HIV infections. Statistics like these and a need to reach vulnerable populations were a driving force in NLM’s recognition of the need to speak directly to Latinos on the issue of HIV/AIDS, in a culturally relevant manner.
NLM will be promoting the infoSIDA Web site through a multi-platform media outreach effort that includes two new radio public service announcements that will air on Spanish media outlets nationwide. In addition, Ms. Fedora Braverman, a librarian with the NLM Public Services Division, will take part in a June 1st broadcast of “Bienvenidos a América,” discussing infoSIDA and other Spanish-language consumer resources from NLM. Bienvenidos a América (BAA) is a weekly call-in radio show focused on providing Spanish preferred Latinos with information and resources specific to immigration issues. Since this program’s audience is a key component in determining the success of this campaign, NLM will utilize this program, which airs on 111 Spanish radio stations nationwide. In addition to being on the air, the NLM specific segment on BAA will be streamed and made available online. The online resources of infoSIDA will also be publicized and made available via NLM’s social media outlets. Twitter users are invited to follow or join the conversation by using the hash tag #infoSIDA2013.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) will join with other health data leaders and innovators for the fourth annual Health Datapalooza. The unique event will be held June 3-4, 2013, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Health Datapalooza IV highlights new, innovative, and effective ways health data is being used by companies, startups, academics, government agencies, and individuals. More than 1,500 people are expected to attend. The event is organized by a consortium of private sector, non-profit and government agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). NLM has participated in the event every year.
As the world’s largest medical library, NLM has made its electronic data freely available for decades, so that others can use it to develop new products and services. Additionally, NLM provides application programming interfaces (APIs) so that external products and services, such as electronic health records, can easily access its data. NLM experts will be in the Health Datapalooza exhibit hall (Booth 12), to explain how developers can utilize the variety of available NLM data, including medical literature; consumer health information; clinical trials; medical terminology; and drugs. NLM will also participate in the “Datalab” breakout session, featuring federal government data experts.
NLM Lends from Its Historical Collections to The Metropolitan Museum of Art Exhibition “Search for the Unicorn”
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is pleased to be included in a new exhibition, which opened May 15 and runs through August 18, 2013, at The Cloisters museum and gardens, the branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art for medieval art and architecture in New York City. Search for the Unicorn: An Exhibition in Honor of The Cloisters’ 75th Anniversary places the institution’s famous Unicorn Tapestries within the larger context of medieval and Renaissance art, revealing the mythical animal’s persistent inspirational role in artistic imagination over the centuries and in the emerging history of natural science.
Given by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in time for the opening of The Cloisters in 1938, the Unicorn Tapestries are its best-known masterpieces; yet, 75 years later, their history and meaning remain elusive. They have been seen both as complicated metaphors for Christ and as emblems of matrimony, and they are beloved as quaint indications of medieval notions about the natural world. This exhibition of some 40 works of art drawn from the collections of the Metropolitan, sister institutions, and private collections invites audiences to see the Unicorn Tapestries anew, as the finest expression of a subject widely treated across cultures, and in both European art and science.
Featured in Search for the Unicorn are two items from the NLM’s historical collections, Pierre Pomet’s Histoire générale des drogues (1694) and al-Qazwini’s Wonders of Creation (ca. 1700). Wonders of Creation was compiled originally in the middle 1200s and is considered one of the most important natural history texts of the medieval Islamic world. It is featured in NLM’s Turning the Pages program. Pomet’s Histoire générale des drogues is primarily a historical examination and description of drugs and medicines, and examines unicorns because of the magical healing properties attributed to their horns.
The NLM exhibit booth at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association in Boston featured theater presentations to bring users up-to-date on several NLM products and services. The presentation recordings are captioned and accessible from the NLM Distance Education Program Resources page. The presentations include:
- (BYOD) Bring Your Own Device: NLM Apps and Social Media (19 min.)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: A New Look (20 min.)
- History of Medicine Division: Exhibitions, Programs, and Resources (17 min.)
- Implementing RDA: the NLM Perspective (25 min.)
- Managing NIH Public Access Compliance using My NCBI (25 min.)
- MedlinePlus & MedlinePlus Connect (16 min.)
- NLM Terminology Resources and Meaningful Use (22 min.)
- PubMed Central International Overview (18 min.)
- PubMed Update (24 min.)
- Resources for Health Services Research & Public Health (17 min.)
- Resources for a Multi-Cultural World (14 min.)
- What’s New @ PubMed Health (13 min.)
Note: To listen to the voice recordings and view the captions you may need the latest version of Flash® Player (download for free from the Adobe Web site). To zoom in to detailed screens, use the scroll button. For more information, go to the NLM Technical Bulletin page.
The inaugural Science Boot Camp for Librarians (West) will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder June 19-21, 2013. Science Boot Camps for Librarians are immersive, 2 1/2 day events featuring educational presentations delivered by scientists. Based on the successful annual New England Science Boot Camp in Massachusetts, the Western version follows a similar format and will cover three science topics; Bioinformatics, Environmental Science & GIS, and Physics. In addition, three librarians will teach a Data Management Workshop. There will be interesting keynote speakers, a panel on women in science, and plenty of time to network with fellow “campers!”
The cost for (dorm) lodging, meals, and instructional content is $250.00. Registration opens April 15, 2013. Target audiences include science librarians, medical librarians, data management specialists, and LIS students. For further information on the program, travel to Boulder, and upcoming registration, visit the Science Boot Camp West 2013 web site. You can also follow Twitter feed #BootCampWest13! Primary sponsors of the event are the Greater Western Library Alliance and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region. Additional sponsors are listed on the web site.
The Planning Committee of the MLGSCA/NCNMLG Chapters of the Medical Library Association invites proposals for contributed papers and posters for the 2013 Joint Meeting. The meeting will be held in La Jolla, CA, on July 24-26, 2013, at the University of California, San Diego, Price Center. The conference theme is Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity, which can encompass a variety of topics. Projects, services, innovations, lessons learned, and success stories which illustrate how we are celebrating opportunity during continual change are all possible paper or poster topics. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2013.
The poster session will be held on Thursday, July 25, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:00 in the Exhibit Hall. Posters may continue to be displayed through the last exhibit break on Friday July 26, 2013, at 4:00pm. Contributed paper sessions are Thursday, July 25, from 10:30am to noon and Friday, July 26, from 10:15-11:45am, and occur in three concurrent sessions each day. For both poster and paper proposals, submit a 250 word abstract describing your project. Include your name, position title, address, phone number, and email address. Send poster submissions to Rebecca Birr via email. Please put “poster proposal” in the subject line. Send contributed papers submissions to Annie Hughes via email. Please put “contributed paper proposal” in the subject line. More information will be added to the conference website as it becomes available.
Do you train others to use PubMed? If so, join us for PubMed for Trainers, a hybrid class with three online sessions and one in-person session. The class is eligible for 15 MLA CE credits. The class is an in-depth look at PubMed and a chance to share training ideas with your fellow participants.
The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce its first initiative as part of its recently established partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which lays groundwork for the two institutions to cooperate on initiatives of common interest. Working in cooperation with the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities; Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland; and Research Councils UK, the NLM will be a part of “Shared Horizons: Data, Biomedicine, and the Digital Humanities,” an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the intersection of digital humanities and biomedicine.
Scheduled to take place April 10-12, 2013, at the University of Maryland, College Park Campus, Shared Horizons will be a unique forum, through which participants and their institutions will be able to address questions about collaboration, research methodologies, and the interpretation of evidence arising from the interdisciplinary opportunities in this burgeoning area of biomedical-driven humanities scholarship. Shared Horizons will create opportunities for disciplinary cross-fertilization through a mix of formal and informal presentations, combined with breakout sessions, all designed to promote a rich exchange of ideas about how large-scale quantitative methods can lead to new understandings of human culture. Bringing together researchers from the digital humanities and bioinformatics communities, the symposium will explore ways in which these two communities might fruitfully collaborate on projects that bridge the humanities and medicine around the topics of sequence alignment and network analysis, two modes of analysis that intersect with “big data.”
The Symposium’s Call for Papers is now available, with a submission deadline of November 10, 2012. Applicants will be selected by the Advisory Board, in consultation with the Shared Horizons Staff and Sponsors, based on the following criteria, with each area being weighted equally: scholarly engagement with sequence alignment and/or network analysis; quality of proposed paper; and collaborative potential. Notification of selection will be made by January 10, 2013.