Archive for the ‘NLM Announcements’ Category
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
The National Library of Medicine is holding a special program and reception to recognize NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, Monday, March 30, 2015. It will be held in the Natcher Auditorium on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.
3:30-4:30 – NIH Tribute and Program
4:45-6:30 – Reception
For complete details and to RSVP please see the NLM’s press release.
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
The Next Generation of Access to Sequencing Data: Using NCBI’s SRA Toolkit to Access Data from dbGaP and SRA
Next Wednesday, February 25, NCBI staff will present a webinar on the SRA Toolkit (Sequence Read Archive), 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, please go here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2847950984085163009
Friday, February 13th, 2015
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, has convened a Working Group to Chart the Course for the NIH National Library of Medicine. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections).
The working group has issued a Request for Information
Please submit your comments here.
Responses will be accepted through March 13, 2015.
This Request for Information (RFI) seeks input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections) – collectively referred to in this RFI hereafter as “NLM elements”. Your comments can include but are not limited to the following topics:
- Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to the research community (including biomedical, clinical, behavioral, health services, public health, and historical researchers) and future capabilities that will be needed to support evolving scientific and technological activities and needs.
- Current NLM elements that are of the most, or least, value to health professionals (e.g., those working in health care, emergency response, toxicology, environmental health, and public health) and future capabilities that will be needed to enable health professionals to integrate data and knowledge from biomedical research into effective practice.
- Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to patients and the public (including students, teachers, and the media) and future capabilities that will be needed to ensure a trusted source for rapid dissemination of health knowledge into the public domain.
- Current NLM elements that are of most, or least, value to other libraries, publishers, organizations, companies, and individuals who use NLM data, software tools, and systems in developing and providing value-added or complementary services and products and future capabilities that would facilitate the development of products and services that make use of NLM resources.
- How NLM could be better positioned to help address the broader and growing challenges associated with:
- Biomedical informatics, “big data”, and data science;
- Electronic health records;
- Digital publications; or
- Other emerging challenges/elements warranting special consideration.
Saturday, January 31st, 2015
The NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS) got a refresh this week. The NIHMS system supports the deposit of manuscripts into PubMed Central (PMC), as required by the NIH Public Access Policy and other participating funder (Howard Hughes Medical Institute). Are you a librarian who serves an NIH funded investigator or project? If so consider skimming through the NIHMS FAQ, Step-by-Step Tutorials, and Glossary..
From its Overview page:
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) developed the NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system to facilitate the submission of peer-reviewed manuscripts for inclusion in PubMed Central (PMC) in support of the NIH Public Access Policy. Since its inception in 2005, NIHMS has expanded to support the public access policies of other organizations and government agencies (for more details, see the Funders List). The NIHMS system allows users, such as authors, principal investigators, and publishers to supply material for conversion to XML documents in a format that can be ingested by PMC. Depositing a manuscript in NIHMS for inclusion in PMC is a multi-step process, requiring an author to approve the deposited files and associated funding before conversion and the PMC-ready version after conversion.
Monday, January 26th, 2015
In May 2014, the National Library of Medicine posted a Request for Information (RFI) asking for ideas on how the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) (http://nnlm.gov) can more effectively and efficiently provide equal access to biomedical information and improve an individual’s access to health information. Based on the feedback from nearly 50 respondents and a review of historical data related to the program, NLM will change the award mechanism for the 2016-2021 Regional Medical Libraries’ cycle from contracts to cooperative agreements. This type of funding mechanism will allow NLM to participate more fully in the work of the RMLs and better coordinate collaborative programs and projects. A Notice of Intent was published on the NIH Grants & Funding site on January 22, 2015.
After nearly 45 years as contracts, the RMLs will return to grants, more specifically cooperative agreements, as the funding mechanism for the 2016-2021 award cycle. Cooperative agreements will allow NLM to actively participate in the work of the RMLs and Centers, enable the RMLs and Centers to better coordinate programs among their Regions and areas of responsibility, and enable the RMLs and Centers to better respond to regional and national needs during the five year grant period. Until the early 1970’s the RMLs were originally funded as grants but transitioned to contracts to allow NLM more oversight and standardization of the work.
NLM is hosting a teleconference Tuesday, January 27, to discuss the decision to go with this award mechanism. NLM will have Extramural Program staff on the call to help get you started if you plan to apply and what you need to do now.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at 4pm ET
Teleconference Number: US/CAN Toll Free: 1-888-450-5996, Participant Passcode: 662939
Check out the NLM News announcement [http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nlm_rfi_telecon_2015.html] for more information!
Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
You can draw a chemical structure and search for similar substances in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) ChemIDplus Advanced search interface http://chem.sis.nlm.nih.gov/chemidplus/
Start with a quick tutorial on how to use the drawing feature of ChemIDplus: http://nnlm.gov/ntc/2014/11/19/drawing-a-chemical-structure/
ChemIDplus is a dictionary of over 400,000 chemicals (names, synonyms, and structures). It includes links to NLM and to other databases and resources, including ones to federal, state and international agencies.
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has released a new version of Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM). http://chemm.nlm.nih.gov/
New or updated content in CHEMM includes:
1) updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education
2) an NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures (including efficacy, relevant publications, research in progress, FDA and other global regulatory status information)
3) content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals
4) a workshop report describing toxic chemical syndromes, or toxidromes, that lays the foundation for a consistent lexicon for use in CHEMM and for other uses that, if adopted widely, will improve response to chemical mass exposure incidents
5) a toxidromes outreach plan whose goal is to raise widespread awareness and encourage use of the toxidromes throughout the stakeholder community, and
6) an evaluation and validation plan for CHEMM’s Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) that, once completed, will move CHEMM-IST from its current state as a prototype to a product ready for use in an operational response environment.
CHEMM is a Web-based resource that can be downloaded in advance to Windows and Mac computers to ensure availability during an event if the Internet is not accessible.
CHEMM’s content is also integrated into the NLM Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER), which is Web-based and downloadable to Windows computers. CHEMM’s content is also available in WISER’s iOS and Android apps. The new CHEMM content will be incorporated into the next release of WISER. http://wiser.nlm.nih.gov/index.html
For more information see the “What’s New on CHEMM?” section of CHEMM.
Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Did you miss the November 5 NN/LM SCR Update? Listen to the recording and find out more about:
- NLM’s responsive design-based databases
- The redesign of DailyMed
- New features of DOCLINE 5.0
- NN/LM SCR staff updates
- New classes
- Available funding opportunities
Have any questions after the webinar? Contact Michelle Malizia.
Thursday, November 6th, 2014
From: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health:
It is my honor to recognize and congratulate one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and a pioneer in applying computer and communications technology to biomedical research, health care, and the delivery of health information wherever it is needed. Don Lindberg, M.D., who has been the director of the National Library of Medicine for more than 30 years, has informed me that he plans to retire at the end of March 2015. I want to thank Don for his outstanding service to NIH, to the global biomedical research community, and to health professionals, patients, and the public. Trained as a pathologist, Don re-invented himself as an expert and groundbreaking innovator in the world of information technology, artificial intelligence, computer-aided medical diagnosis, and electronic health records. As the first President of the American Medical Informatics Association, many consider Don the country’s senior statesman for medicine and computers.
Don has created programs that changed fundamentally the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed. Think about it—when Don began, NLM had no electronic journals in its collection, few people owned personal computers, and even fewer had access to the Internet. He introduced numerous landmark projects such as free Internet access to MEDLINE via PubMed, MedlinePlus for the general public, the Visible Human Project, ClinicalTrials.gov, the Unified Medical Language System, and more. Don also created the National Center for Biomedical Information (NCBI). NCBI has been a focal point for “Big Data” in biomedicine for decades, providing rapid access to the data generated by the Human Genome Project and now to massive amounts of genetic sequence data generated from evolving high-throughput sequencing technologies. GenBank, PubMed Central, and dbGaP are just some of the many NCBI databases that support and enable access to the results of research funded by NIH and many other organizations.
While serving as NLM’s director, Don was drafted to lead important interagency programs. He was the founding Director of the National Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications in the President’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and was named by the HHS Secretary to be the U.S. National Coordinator for the G-7 Global Healthcare Applications Project. He has always been ahead of the curve in taking advantage of new developments in computing and networking, ensuring that the NLM computer center has the reliability, security, and high speed connections necessary to keep pace with rapidly rising demands.
Don has been equally concerned with delivering high quality health information to everyone, including health professionals and the public in disadvantaged rural areas and inner cities. He established NLM’s important outreach initiatives, expanding the scope of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and entering into longstanding and successful partnerships with minority serving institutions, tribal and community-based organizations, and the public health community. Don is not a self-promoter, so sometimes these trailblazing efforts seem to appear magically. Those of us who know better, however, understand they came about because of Don’s tireless energy, scientific acumen, and unwavering focus and determination. We will miss Don as a preeminent leader at NIH, who brought NLM into the modern age of biomedical information. We also, however, will continue to benefit from his wisdom, drive, and accomplishments. Please join me in congratulating Don on a job extraordinarily well done and wishing him the best in his future pursuits.
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
The Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) was a national collaborative partnership whose principal focus was to create and make available a database of quality multilingual/multicultural, public health resources to professionals providing care to resettled refugees and asylees.
Earlier this month, the National Library of Medicine (Specialized Information Services Division) broadened the scope of RHIN by rebranding it HealthReach. This was done to better meet the needs of the diverse non-English and English as a second language speaking audiences. HealthReach continues to recognize the importance of providing refugee and asylee specific information while expanding the information provided to meet the needs of most immigrant populations.
Currently, there is not a great deal of change between the “old” RHIN and the “new” HealthReach; over the next several months new resources will be added. This was intentional in order to help provide continuity of service throughout the transition. Please use the new Twitter handle @NLM_HealthReach and the new URL http://healthreach.nlm.nih.gov . Over the next several months the site will transition from the .org to the .gov site. Feedback is welcome through the “Contact Us” link on the website.