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2017 MEDLINE Data Changes

MeSH vocabulary has been updated for 2017. The MeSH Browser currently points to the 2017 MeSH vocabulary with a link to the 2016 MeSH Vocabulary. Searchers should consult the Browser to find MeSH headings of interest and their relationships to other headings. The Browser contains MeSH heading records that may include Scope Notes, Annotations, Entry Terms, History Notes, Allowable Qualifiers (Subheadings), Previous Indexing, and other information. It also includes Subheading records and Supplementary Concept Records (SCRs) for substances and diseases that are not MeSH headings. MEDLINE records with updated MeSH are anticipated to be in PubMed in mid-December 2016. This year 77 MeSH headings were either changed or deleted and replaced with more up-to-date terminology, and 629 new MeSH headings, including two new Publication Types, were added to MeSH in 2017. In order to improve indexing consistency and efficiency and to make MEDLINE searching easier and more straightforward, a new subheading, “diagnostic imaging,” was added. It replaces three existing subheadings; “radiography,” “radionuclide imaging,” and “ultrasonography.” For an overview of the many other 2017 MEDLINE data changes, visit the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Save the Date: Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians, April 24-28, 2017, in Raleigh, NC!

The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians will be held April 24-28, 2017 at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Applications for the Institute will be accepted beginning December 12, 2016.

The Data Science and Visualization Institute for Librarians is a week-long course providing the opportunity for librarians passionate about research and scholarship to immerse themselves in learning about data science and visualization in collaboration with academic peers. Participants will develop knowledge, skills, and confidence to communicate effectively with faculty and student researchers about their data and be able to provide initial consultancy on the course topics. Led by expert instructors, sessions will be interactive and will focus on mastery of core concepts, with hands-on exposure to select open source and highly used commercial tools. Sharing of practices and experiences across institutions will be encouraged. A final schedule will be available in December, including topics such as:

  • Data Exploration and Statistical Analysis
  • Bibliometric Analysis
  • Data Visualization
  • Version Control with Git and GitHub
  • Data Description, Sharing, and Reuse
  • Data Cleaning and Preparation
  • Web Scraping
  • Analyzing Textual Data
  • Mapping and Geospatial Visualization
  • Publisher and Funder Data Use Agreements

Newly Revised, Web-Based NLM Disaster Information Specialization Courses Available!

The NLM Basic Level Courses for the Medical Library Association Disaster Information Specialization have all been updated to a new online web-based tutorial format. The courses are self-paced, interactive, and offered at no cost. Anyone completing all 15 hours of the courses is eligible to earn a Basic Level certificate in Disaster Information Specialization from MLA. The Basic Level courses include three from NLM Disaster Health:

  • Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics
    This course provides a comprehensive overview of the essential resources needed to provide health-related information services for supporting disaster mitigation, planning, response, and recovery.
  • U.S. Response to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies
    This course provides an introduction to disaster/emergency planning and response as conducted in the United States, with an emphasis on medical response.
  • Information Roles in Disaster Management
    This course presents current research findings on librarians’ roles supporting the disaster workforce. Additionally, the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response, and recovery are discussed.

Two additional courses are available online, at no cost, from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:

  • IS-700.A National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
    This course introduces and provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
  • IS-100.B Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
    This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS is a standardized approach to incident management that enables a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies; establishes common processes for planning and managing resources; and allows for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure.

Digital Storytelling Competition Announcement for Native American Heritage Month!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Tribal Health Research Office (THRO) has announced a digital storytelling Challenge, or competition, in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The Challenge, Storytelling about Health and Wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities, involves development of a brief (five minutes or less) digital story that communicates how traditions and heritage promote health within American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Submissions must be made by January 31, 2017.

The submission is a video that describes: 1) how heritage and tradition leads to health and wellness in AI/AN communities; and 2) how future research can improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Submissions are limited to a video that may not exceed five minutes. Winning entries may be posted on the NIH web site. Submissions must be substantially free of scientific jargon and understandable by viewers without scientific/technical backgrounds. The first place winner will receive $4,000; second place will receive $3,000; third place will receive $2,000; and two honorable mentions will each receive $500. Awards will be announced the week of March 6, 2017. The first place winner will also be invited to an upcoming meeting of the NIH Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee. Travel will be reimbursed for those invitees.

Call for Applications: 2017 Institute for Research Design in Librarianship

The Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) supports librarian researchers in the United States and has issued a call for applications for IRDL 2017. IRDL seeks librarians with a passion for research and a desire to improve their research skills. Twenty librarians will receive, at no cost to them, instruction in research design and a full year of peer/mentor support to complete a research project at their home institutions. The year-long experience begins with a summer workshop on the campus of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, from June 3 – June 11, 2017. The application deadline is January 13, 2017. Awards will be announced in early March 2017. Funding for participants is provided by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Loyola Marymount University.

To learn more about this program, register for the 75-minute informational webinar Librarian as Researcher: Emerging Roles, on Monday, December 12, at 10:00 AM PST. The session will feature presentations from four IRDL Scholars; Don Jason, Carolyn Schubert, Lisa Federer, and Electra Enslow.

NIH Issues Request for Information for Data Management Activities

The National Institutes of Health has just issued the Request for Information (RFI), Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation, to seek public comments on data management and sharing strategies and priorities in order to consider: (1) how digital scientific data generated from NIH-funded research should be managed, and to the fullest extent possible, made publicly available; and, (2) how to set standards for citing shared data and software. The response date deadline is December 29, 2016.

Comments should be submitted electronically. Response to the RFI is voluntary. Responders are free to address any or all of the items in Sections I and II, listed below, or any other relevant topics respondents recognize as important for NIH to consider. Respondents should not feel compelled to address all items.

  • Section I. Data Sharing Strategy Development
  • Section II. Inclusion of Data and Software Citation in NIH Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) and Grant Applications

NIH will consider all public comments before taking next steps. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in responses. Comments will be compiled and shared publicly in an unedited version after the close of the comment period. The NIH may use information gathered by this RFI to inform development of future funding opportunity announcements and policy development. Additional information about the importance of this RFI is available in a new blog posting, The What and How of Data Sharing, published by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy.

MedlinePlus Text Messaging Campaign on Holiday Mental Health

M+TextMessaging The National Library of Medicine has launched a MedlinePlus text messaging campaign on Holiday Mental Health. Users that sign up for the campaign will receive three text messages per week through the holidays on mental health support; such as managing anxiety, coping with depression, and preventing stress during the holiday season.

To subscribe, text MP Health to 468311 or sign up online for subscription type SMS/Text Message. An email subscription is also available via the online sign up.

New NLM Director’s Blog: Musings from the Mezzanine!

NLM-Musings Subscribe now to the newly launched blog, NLM Musings from the Mezzanine, and learn what’s on the mind of NLM Director Dr. Patti Brennan. In her initial post, Dr. Brennan reveals her first impressions of the Library and invites us to join her on this journey. The blog is the perfect space for two-way dialogue, so go ahead and share your thoughts and audacious ideas, as NLM enters its strategic planning cycle and prepares for its third century of existence! You can also follow Dr. Brennan on Twitter.

New Web-Based Broadband Health Mapping Tool!

The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force recently launched the Mapping Broadband Health in America tool, a web-based mapping tool that enables more efficient, data-driven decision making at the intersection of broadband and health. By allowing users to ask and answer questions about broadband and health at the county and census block levels, the tool provides critical data that can help drive broadband health policies and connected health solutions for this critical space. The mapping tool is an interactive experience, showing various aspects of connectivity and health for every state and county in the United States. Users can generate customized maps that display broadband access, adoption and speed data alongside various health measures (e.g., obesity, diabetes, disabilities and physician access) in urban and rural areas. These maps can be used by both public and private sectors and local communities to identify not only gaps, but also opportunities. Also released with the mapping platform are the Priority 100 and Rural 100 lists, identifying counties that have critical needs in broadband and health. Priority 100 is a list of the 100 counties nationwide with the greatest broadband and connectivity needs and populations of at least 25,000. Rural 100 is similar to Priority 100, but only includes rural areas with a population of 15,000 or more. Additional information is available in the Press Kit.

On November 10, 11:00am-12:00pm PST, the FCC’s Connect2Health Task Force and the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs will jointly host a free webinar to further explain and explore this new tool, Mapping Connected Health County by County. The session will focus on how state and local government offices, agencies and other local community stakeholders can effectively use the Mapping Broadband Health in America platform. Key audiences for the webinar include federal, state and local agencies and offices that address health, connectivity, technology and/or rural development; such as county health departments, public health officers and epidemiologists, broadband and technology officers, data analytics and GIS teams, and community health workers and strategists.

Open Data Science Symposium: Webcast Available on December 1

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative and the Office of the Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) are hosting an Open Data Science Symposium on December 1, from 8:30am – 4:00pm EST. The session will feature discussions with the leaders in big data, open science, and biomedical research while also showcasing the finalists of the Open Science Prize, a worldwide competition to harness the innovative power of open data. Speakers will include Francis Collins, NIH Director; Harold Varmus, Former NIH Director; John Wilbanks, Sage Bionetworks Chief Commons Officer; Peter Goodhand, Global Alliance for Genomics and Health Executive Director; and Niklas Blomberg, Founding Director of Elixir. The event is freely available to the public and will be webcast. Advance registration is required, with a deadline of November 18. Webcasting information will be available on the registration site. For additional information about the event, contact BD2K_events@od.nih.gov.