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Archive for March, 2012

Health-IT COI webinar this Wed, Mar 7, 3-4 pm

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Wikipedia defines a health information exchange (HIE) as the mobilization of healthcare information electronically across organizations within a region, community or hospital system.

The emergence of HIEs is widely expected to provide a range of important benefits for patients, physicians, and the healthcare industry as a whole.The HIE provides the capability to electronically move clinical information among disparate health care information systems while at the same time maintaining the meaning of the information being exchanged. The goal of the HIE is to facilitate access to and retrieval of clinical data to provide safer and more timely, efficient, effective, and equitable patient-centered care.

Come and learn more about this important component to our healthcare future!

Announcing the second in  a series of three webinars hosted by NER’s Health-IT Community of Interest:  


Community of Interest   

“Understanding the Role of HIEs”

Jeff Loughlin, Director of the NH-REC

 Wednesday, March 7th from 3:00-4:00 pm  


Login information will be provided at registration.  

 For additional questions, contact: Mark Goldstein (; 508-856-5964).

Frameworks for Data Management Curriculum

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Recognizing a pressing need for data management education in the sciences, the Lamar Soutter Library and the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) collaborated on a project “Planning a Data Management Curriculum and Requirements for a Collaborative Repository,”. to develop frameworks for a case based data management curriculum for science, health sciences, and engineering students at undergraduate and graduate levels, and to identify user needs for repository software for storing data sets.

The purpose of this grant has been to develop:

  • a flexible, case based curriculum that teaches data management best practices to students enrolled in a broad range of scientific disciplines
  • an evaluation of user requirements for open source software for storing data generated by student research projects

The libraries have worked with faculty, curriculum, evaluation, and instructional design consultants to develop Frameworks for a Data Management Curriculum , a modular case-based approach for data management instruction.
Included in these frameworks are

  • lesson plans for seven course modules
  • real life research cases
  • readings and assignments
  • a simplified data management plan
  • a prototype of developed content for one module, and
  • assessment questions and answers.

The modular design of the curriculum allows faculty to pick specific course module(s) that are relevant to their courses. The curriculum could be delivered by faculty or librarians in a variety of ways: face-to-face classes, as self-paced online modules, or a hybrid format.

The Research Computing and Academic Support Group at WPI conducted testing of three open source software programs to evaluate user requirements for storing data. A summary of the testing process and a matrix of the results of the software testing are available on the project website.

The Planning a Data Management Curriculum project is collaboratively funded through NER and the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ National Leadership Planning Grant.

For further information, contact Donna Kafel, eScience Project Coordinator.

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