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2016 Association of Health Care Journalists–NLM Journalism Fellows Announced

The 2016 Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ)-National Library of Medicine (NLM) Fellows class features seven reporters and editors representing diverse media backgrounds.

The 2016 AHCJ-NLM Fellows are:

Now in its eighth year, the program brings journalists selected by AHCJ to NLM for four days of training to better use some of NLM’s health information resources, such as PubMed, PubMed Health, Genetics Home Reference, TOXMAP, ClinicalTrials.gov, and MedlinePlus. This year’s Fellows class will be at NLM September 26-30. AHCJ is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing public understanding of health care issues. With more than 1,500 members, AHCJ’s mission is to improve the quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing. The association and its Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism are based at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism.

Psoriasis Awareness Month

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month. According to NLM’s MedlinePlus, psoriasis is a skin disease that causes itchy or sore patches of thick red skin with silvery scales. The condition may be hard to diagnose, since it has similar symptoms to other skin diseases. Following is a short list of resources related to psoriasis available from National Library of Medicine databases:

August Midday at the Oasis Recording Now Available!

On August 17, NN/LM PSR presented Mapping Your Community’s Health for the Midday at the Oasis monthly webinar. Colette Hochstein, D.M.D., MLS and Jennifer Rewolinski, B.S. Community Health, National Library of Medicine, Division of Specialized Information Service, were the presenters. Colette talked about the Community Health Maps blog for information on low cost mapping tools for community-based organizations. Jennifer covered a case study on mapping curb ramp accessibility for an assisted living facility as an example of community maps. You can view the webinar by visiting our Midday at the Oasis Archives page or by clicking on the YouTube video player below.

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Webinar Series Begins September 9: “BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science”

A weekly webinar-based lecture series, BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science, is a series of high-level didactic overviews across the range of topics important for data science, intended to provide a general biomedical audience with an appreciation of the elemental issues related to data science research and applications. The series will be held each Friday at 9:00-10:00am Pacific Time, beginning September 9, 2016, and running through May 19, 2017. Join from your computer, tablet, or smartphone by visiting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/786506213. You may also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3311, Access Code 786-506-213. Registration is not required. Bookmark the webinar link for easy access!

The initial set of confirmed data science lecturers includes: Mark Musen (Stanford), William Hersh (Oregon Health Sciences), Lucila Ohno-Machado (UCSD), Michel Dumontier (Stanford), Zachary Ives (Penn), Suzanne Sansone (Oxford), Chaitan Baru (NSF), Brian Caffo (Johns Hopkins), and Naomi Elhadad (Columbia). This series is sponsored by the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science, the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Training Coordination Center, and the BD2K Centers Coordination Center. A dedicated webpage with additional information, the complete schedule of speakers, and a collection of all the recorded lectures is forthcoming and will be available soon.

NIH Request for Information: Metrics to Assess Value of Biomedical Digital Repositories

The NIH has announced a new Request for Information (RFI): Metrics to Assess Value of Biomedical Digital Repositories (NOT-OD-16-133). This RFI seeks input on metrics to assess the value and impact of biomedical data repositories. This information will support development of best practices across repositories, communication about the usage and value of repositories, and decisions required to support long-term sustainability. The NIH seeks feedback from a broad range of repository stakeholders, including researchers, data scientists and curators, repository managers, and standards or tool developers. Responses must be submitted by September 30, 2016. For additional information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Hsu.

Updated NLM Floods Information Guide

In response to recent severe flooding events in Louisiana, NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center has updated the Floods Information Resource Guide. In addition to updating content, the webpage’s code has been added to the Health and Human Services Content Syndication Storefront. Setting up an account is easy! Now anyone can embed the content of the Floods Information Resource Guide on their own web site. When the Guide is updated, syndicated pages will be automatically updated as well.

NLM Outreach Program Spotlight: Environmental Health Information Partnership (EnHIP)

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Environmental Health Information Partnership (EnHIP) is a collaboration between NLM and Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a Predominately Black Institution, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and an Alaska Native-Serving Institution. A list of EnHIP Member Schools is available, as well as the March 2016 EnHIP Meeting Proceedings. The mission of the EnHIP is to enhance the capacity of minority serving academic institutions to reduce health disparities through the access, use and delivery of environmental health information on their campuses and in their communities. Two member schools are based in the Pacific Southwest Region; Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, and Diné College, with various locations in Arizona and New Mexico.

EnHIP began as a pilot project in 1991 as the Toxicology Information Outreach Project (TIOP). During the late 1980s and early 1990s, there were a number of published articles and books that highlighted the adverse effects of environmental hazards on minority and socioeconomically deprived communities. There was a clear need for toxicology and environmental health information to be more readily accessible to health professionals serving these communities. Recognizing this need, NLM launched TIOP to strengthen the capacity of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to train medical and other health professionals in the use of toxicology, environmental, occupational, and hazardous waste information resources. The value and success of the project later led to the longest-standing outreach program of NLM. The name was changed to the Environmental Health Information Outreach Program (EnHIOP) as more schools were added to the program in order to reflect more diversity in the participating institutions. In 2008, the name changed to Environmental Health Information Partnership (EnHIP) to reflect a true partnership with NLM.

Research Intelligence Conference in Berkeley September 29

Elsevier is sponsoring the inaugural North America Research Intelligence Conference, which will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina on Thursday, September 29. The conference theme is Enabling Data-informed Strategic Planning for the Research Enterprise. Registration for the conference is free of charge and includes access to every session. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be provided during the day. There is also a Networking Reception on Wednesday, September 28.

Sign Up to Pilot Test Research Data Management Education Modules!

Kevin Reed and Alisa Surkis, NYU School of Medicine, are seeking participants to pilot test research data management education materials for medical librarians. This project is currently funded by a grant from the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative at NIH to develop a curriculum for medical librarians to facilitate their teaching research data management at their own institutions. The training modules are open to all librarians, regardless of skill set. There are two components to the training materials:

Part 1: Seven online modules (approximately three hours of content) designed to teach medical librarians about the practice and culture of research and best practices in research data management.

Part 2: A teaching toolkit including slides, scripts, and evaluation materials to teach an in-person introductory research data management class for researchers at your institution.

Kevin and Alisa are currently seeking participants to pilot part 1. Following that, they will seek out a subset of participants to pilot part 2, which will involve structured observations of classes taught by the librarians at their institutions. All participants in piloting part 1 will be given access to the materials in part 2, regardless of whether or not they are part of the piloting of those materials.

Kevin and Alisa have been teaching research data management to medical librarians at the past three MLA annual meetings, based on their experiences in providing research data management services at NYU School of Medicine. Hopefully, the materials created for this project will make the core elements of that class more broadly available to facilitate the teaching of research data management at medical libraries across the United States. Anyone intending to take the modules should contact Kevin or Alisa to confirm participation. There’s no need to wait for a reply to begin taking the modules. They are available to answer questions at any time.

PMC Updates: New Search Result Filters and Updated Reference List Display

As of August 2016, PMC is now home to four million articles! A few updates have been implemented to make this full-text content easier to navigate:

Search Result Filters
On all search results pages, you will now see filters (similar to PubMed’s filters) on the left-hand side that allow you to filter your results by article attributes, publication date, research funder, and search fields. These filters replace the Limits page and allow you to more readily:

You can now also quickly add articles that are under a 12-month or less embargo in PMC to your search results by selecting the “Include embargoed articles” filter option under Text Availability. More information about these filters is available in the PMC User Guide and a sample screen shot is available from the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Reference List Display
Using related article data available in PMC, articles that cite papers that have been either retracted or named in a Findings of Research Misconduct issued by the HHS Office of Research Integrity and not yet retracted will now include a red hyperlink to the relevant notice directly from the article’s reference list. This update will help users more easily identify post-publication updates to existing research.

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