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Celebrate Data in February: Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week

SEA News - Thu, 2019-02-07 15:01

Two upcoming data weeks, Love Data Week and Endangered Data Week, provide opportunities to share stories, learn new skills, and consider how data shapes our everyday life. No matter your role – researcher, librarian, data professional, scholar, or community member – everyone is invited to contribute and participate!

Love Data Week: February 11 – February 15, 2019  

Similar to Open Access Week, the purpose of the Love Data Week event is to raise awareness and build a community to engage on topics related to research data management, sharing, preservation, reuse, and library-based research data services. We will share practical tips, resources, and stories to help researchers at any stage in their career use good data practices.

This year’s theme focuses on data in everyday life. As data creation, gathering, and use continues to expand, its impact transforms how we move through and experience the world. This theme is being explored through two topics that offer a rich opportunity to engage many audiences:

  • Open data – What is open data? And how does it play out in our everyday life?  The answer depends on who is asking – open data for government, citizens, researchers, and businesses can mean very different things.
  • Data justice – Social justice and big data are current buzzwords, but how do these two areas intersect? Can data be used to effect social change and fight inequality, and if so, how?

Endangered Data Week: February 25 – March 1, 2019

Endangered Data Week is a collaborative effort coordinated across campuses, nonprofits, libraries, citizen science initiatives, and cultural heritage institutions, to shed light on public datasets that are in danger of being deleted, repressed, mishandled, or lost. The week’s events can promote care for endangered collections by: publicizing the availability of datasets; increasing critical engagement with them, including through visualization and analysis; and by encouraging political activism for open data policies and the fostering of data skills through workshops on curation, documentation and discovery, improved access, and preservation.

To support Endangered Data Week, consider hosting one of the following events or activities:

  • Subject-specific workshops or presentations using endangered datasets
  • Lectures or roundtables on issues of transparency, policy, or critical data literacy
  • Workshop/hackathon on organizing, reformatting, or visualizing endangered data
  • DataRescue events
  • Letter writing/advocacy campaigns
  • Data curation workshops or training
  • Data Expeditions
  • Workshops on ways to use archived websites for research
  • Web scraping/web archiving workshops
  • Data storytelling events, using tools like these, from DataRefuge

Are you planning to celebrate Love Data Week or Endangered Data Week? What activities or events do have planned at your institution? If you would like to share how your organization participated in these data weeks, please contact Liz Waltman or get in touch on social media @NNLMSEA.

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PubMed Enhancements February 2019

PSR News - Wed, 2019-02-06 14:38

The National Library of Medicine has announced several updates to enhance PubMed:

  1. Plain Language Summaries: PubMed will display plain language summaries when these summaries are supplied by the publisher. The plain language summary will appear below the abstract. They will also appear in the XML in the field and in the MEDLINE display with the label OAB.
  2. Reference Lists: In the past, reference lists have been included only in citation data coming from PubMed Central (PMC) articles. NLM now accepts reference lists supplied by publishers. Like the PMC reference lists, the publisher-supplied references will be available in the citation XML and they will display in PubMed Labs.
  3. Systematic Review [Publication Type]: Systematic Review [PT] was added to the 2019 MeSH vocabulary. NLM applied this publication type retrospectively to systematic review citations in PubMed as part of the annual MeSH update in December 2018. The search strategy for the Systematic Review filter was also updated to focus retrieval on citations to systematic reviews. This filter no longer retrieves other article types including meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, or guidelines. This change is a response to user requests for a Systematic Review filter that returns only citations to systematic reviews. Users can apply the Systematic Review filter to a search from the left sidebar or by including systematic[filter] in the search. This filter is also used for Systematic Review retrieval in PubMed Clinical Queries.

    Please note: The Systematic Review filter will retrieve broader results than searching for systematic review[pt]. The filter strategy also retrieves systematic review citations that have not been assigned the publication type; for example, citations that have not yet undergone MEDLINE indexing.

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Registration Open for 4th Annual Data Day Event

GMR News - Tue, 2019-02-05 10:07

You are cordially invited to the University of Cincinnati’s 4th Annual Data Day sponsored by The University of Cincinnati Libraries and IT@UC.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are topics gaining national attention.  Our 4th Annual University of Cincinnati Data Day will explore these topics in depth and highlight how researchers can expand their understanding by considering the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion on their own research.

What: University of Cincinnati 4th Annual Data Day

When: Monday, April 1, 2019 9am – 4:30pm

Where: Tangeman University Center, Great Hall (located on the main campus of the University of Cincinnati)

Cost: Free

The day will be comprised of panel discussions, an interactive session where participants will learn R programming skills, and keynote speakers to start and end the day.  The first keynote speaker, Amanda Wilson, will highlight the historic All of Us Research Program that is gathering data from one million individuals to assist in delivering precision medicine by taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology among participants. The second keynote speaker, Deborah Duran, will address how diversity and inclusion are necessary considerations as we consider our research and how doing so can have an impact on us all. Panelists will discuss health disparities and health equity research from local and statewide perspectives as well as how data is being used to empower social justice.

You do not want to miss this exciting day!

For more information and registration visit:

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Loansome Doc System to Retire July 1, 2019

SEA News - Tue, 2019-02-05 09:25

For all questions concerning the Loansome Doc system retirement, please contact the NLM Customer Support Help Desk.

On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will retire the Loansome Doc system due to declining use. The decision to retire the system is in line with our commitment to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health.

The following resources offer alternative access to journal articles:

To help with this transition, a Loansome Doc Retirement Toolkit is available and includes a “To Do” checklist, instructions on how to produce a list of your Loansome Doc Patrons, and alternatives for receiving requests from users.

NOTE: New user registration for Loansome Doc will be disabled on February 4, 2019.

Please send your questions to NLM Customer Support.

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Help for Keeping Your Healthy Eating Resolutions

NER News - Mon, 2019-02-04 15:23


With the first month of 2019 under our belts, how many of us are still motivated to continue with our New Year’s Resolutions we made just 4 weeks ago? According to an article by Inc. (, researchers say that more than 60 % of us make resolutions, but just 8% of us are successful at keeping them.

For 2019, the most common resolution made was linked to diet or eating healthy. Here in the northeast, the winter months may be a time when it can be more difficult to increase the servings of fruits and vegetables as they cost more and may not look as appealing. It also is more challenging to be active because of the cold, as well as the ice and snow can prevent us from being outdoors as much as we would like.

The following are a few free online resources and mobile apps from NLM and partner organizations that you may find helpful to motivate you to stay engaged or get back on track with your resolution to eat healthy and be active. The apps mentioned can be downloaded free and used on your iOS or android mobile device.

MyPlate and Healthy Eating,

MyPlate is the model or guide that the USDA created to help us eat a balanced and healthy diet. The model encourages us to fill half of our plate at each meal with fruits and vegetables.

Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health. Online tools provided include information about eating on a budget, quizzes, and tip sheets. Information about how to eat well at various stages of your life (children, students, professionals) is also discussed.

Healthy Eating website offers more than 100 delicious heart healthy recipes including recipes from regional and multicultural cuisines. There are video resources about how to prepare favorite foods like eggrolls in a healthier manner. Also available are  family resources such as how to teach young children how to cook, and parent tips how much food children require at various ages.


Fooducate is a free app and website that evaluates foods based on how good they are for you. Using an algorithm to grade foods and giving a food one of 10 grades, from A to D. For example,

  • Food can earn an A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, etc.
  • The more natural, healthful, and less processed a food is, the higher grade it will receive.
  • Fooducate only uses publicly available information when evaluating a product.

This app can be helpful when shopping in the grocery store for foods as it uses a barcode scanner as part of the tool. Here are the instructions from the Fooducate website of how to use the app:

  • Scan an item’s barcode to find out key information about that food.
  • To scan a barcode, first find the barcode on the actual product. Then tap the “Scan” section of the app’s home screen. Hold the barcode up to the phone until you see it lined up inside the little box on the screen. The phone will automatically process the code and pop up the product information.
  • No barcode? Again, no problem! You can also look up foods by name in the “Browse” section of the app, or online.
  • Once you find your food, tap it to get all the information you need. Evaluate its grade, review the product details, etc.
  • If the food you scanned has a low grade, find a better option with the alternatives list. On the app’s overview page for that food, look at the bottom right corner. There, you’ll find a button labeled “alternatives.” Tap it, and you’ll find a list of 10 better foods that are similar to the one you originally entered.
  • Just want to browse? Tap the “Browse” section of the home screen and you’ll find a list of products divided into different food categories. Select a category and browse by “Top Graded,” “Popular,” or “Recent.”

Fooducate is a great reference tool, but it should not serve as a substitute for reading the Nutrition Facts label.

BAM (stands for Body and Mind) Dining Decisions,

BAM is a free app from the CDC created for kids ages 9 through 13 that teaches nutrition without using the words “bad” or “good”. BAM categorizes the food choices used in its interactive games as “Go”, “Slow” or “Whoa.” Kendra, the BAM food and nutrition expert helps kids learn what foods provide the right kinds and amounts of fuel.

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NLM Announces Retirement of the Loansome Doc System on July 1!

PSR Newsletter - Mon, 2019-02-04 15:06

On July 1, 2019, the National Library of Medicine will retire the Loansome Doc system due to declining use. The decision to retire the system is in line with commitments to the NLM Strategic Plan 2017-2027: A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health. To begin the transition, new user registrations for Loansome Doc will be disabled on February 4. In addition, a Loansome Doc Retirement Toolkit is available and includes Suggested Messaging from Libraries to Loansome Doc Users, a “To Do” checklist, instructions on how to produce a list of your Loansome Doc Patrons, and alternatives for receiving requests from users, such as PubMed’s “Send to: Email” feature, NCBI Outside Tool OpenURL-based service, Customized PubMed URL/Document Delivery, and Local ILL Software or web-resources. The following resources offer alternative access to journal articles:

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NNLM Reading Club: American Heart Month

MAR News - Mon, 2019-02-04 14:17

The NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Network is pleased to announce its three book selections in support of American Heart Month, a February National Health Observance.

  • Heart: A History by Sandeep Jauhar
  • Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg
  • This Heart of Mine: a Novel by C.C. Hunter

To learn more about each of these titles, download book discussion guides, promotional materials and corresponding heart health information or to apply for a free NNLM Reading Club Book kit, visit the NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: Heart Health.

The NNLM Reading Club Book Kit can be requested and shipped free from a participating National Network of Libraries of Medicine regional office. Applicants must sign up for membership with NNLM in order to receive a kit. A standard NNLM Reading Club Book Kit includes:

  • 8 books
  • 8 discussion guides
  • 8 NIH MedlinePlus Magazines
  • 8 NIH All of Us Research Program brochures
  • 8 reading club bags

Libraries and organizations who participated in the previous book club theme of Family Health History can request another free book club kit in this new selection. Kit requests and/or book clubs need to be received by April 30th. To request a book club kit, complete an application.

If there are any types of materials that would aid in facilitating your book club (large print books, audio books, etc), please feel free to reach out to NNLM All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator Veronica Leigh Milliner at We will do our best to accommodate the needs of your community.

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February 2019 Issue of NIH News in Health Now Available!

PSR News - Mon, 2019-02-04 12:02

Illustration of a man getting a flu shotCheck out the February issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research. In this issue:

  • Health Capsule: Vaping Rises Among Teens
    A new survey found an alarming rise in the number of American teens who tried vaping last year. The study suggests that vaping may be driving an increase in nicotine use for teens.
  • Health Capsule: Wellness Tips in Spanish
    “Su Versión Más Saludable” is part of the NIH Spanish Health Information Portal. The portal captures Spanish materials from across dozens of NIH websites.

NIH News in Health is available online in both HTML and PDF formats. Additionally, you can get trusted, up-to-date health information from NIH News in Health added directly to your site via NIH content syndication. Print copies are available free of charge for offices, clinics, community centers, and libraries within the U.S. Visit the NIH News in Health Facebook page to suggest topics you’d like to see covered, or share what you find helpful about the newsletter!

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Measles Outbreak in Washington State

PNR Dragonfly - Mon, 2019-02-04 06:00

Many of you are aware of the recent measles outbreak in Washington state and so it is of particular concern for the PNR region. The vast majority of these cases are in Clark county,  43 cases have been reported and 32 are children under the age of 10. Of those cases 37 had not been immunized.  According to a recent PLOS article, Seattle, Spokane and Portland are included in the top 15 cities that are considered “hotspots” who have a large number of  vaccine non-medical exemptions.  Washington, Idaho, and Oregon are states that allow a “philosophical belief” exemption when it comes to vaccines.  Whatever the public’s view of immunizations, measles is a very serious health condition and is especially so for those who cannot get vaccinated due to their health as well as pregnant women and babies under the age of 1.

Where to go to provide information to your communities?

The Washington State Department of Health provides information about:

  • the numbers and counties affected
  • an outbreak toolkit for parents and the public
  • template letters for schools to parents as well as their staff
  • information in multiple languages

The CDC provides information for parents about the measles vaccine and about measles.

MedlinePlus includes:

  • an overview about measles
  • information about risk, prevention and symptoms
  • information regarding specific populations
  • information in multiple languages

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has a special edition of their NIH News in Health explaining the important role vaccines have in keeping us healthy.

This information can be provided as links on your website, included in social media, and printed for your patrons and consumers to take with them. Bringing awareness with reliable health information can help reduce the spread of this outbreak and is an important step in keeping your communities safe and healthy.

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