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Insider's Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed

Class Details

This series of interactive workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of five 90-minute sessions (plus an optional "office hours"), students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

March 2018 Series:

  • Session 1: Monday, March 5
  • Session 2: Thursday, March 8
  • Session 3: Monday, March 12
  • Session 4: Thursday, March 15
  • Session 5: Monday, March 19
  • Office Hours: Thursday, March 22

Each session begins at 1 PM ET and runs approximately 90 minutes. Students are expected to attend all of the first five sessions; session six is an optional "office hours" for students seeking help on the final exam.

Seven (7) hours of MLA CE credit are available for students who attend the first five sessions, complete the homework assignments, and complete the open-book exam no later than Monday, March 26.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Repeats every week every Monday and every Thursday 6 times.
Mar 5, 2018, Mar 8, 2018, Mar 12, 2018, Mar 15, 2018, Mar 19, 2018, Mar 22, 2018
1:00PM - 2:30PM ET
Instructor(s):
Mike Davidson, Librarian
Continuing Education Credits: 
7
This class is now closed to registrants.

Class Instructors

Mike Davidson, Librarian

This series of six hands-on, online workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. You will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

Before registering for this workshop, we strongly recommend that you:

  • Be comfortable conducting basic searches in PubMed
  • Watch the first Insider’s Guide class "Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed" or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities.
  • Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)

This course requires access to a Unix command-line environment and installation of the EDirect software. Instructions will be provided prior to the start of the course.

For more information about E-utilities, this and other Insider's Guide classes, see https://dataguide.nlm.nih.gov/