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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.

PMC Retraction Flag Screenshot

Recent Updates to “Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers”

Two new example citations have been added to Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers [Internet], 2nd edition. In Chapter 24, Databases/Retrieval Systems on the Internet, section 18, “Database/retrieval system on the Internet with an edition or version,” the two new example citations are included at the bottom of the section. A link has also been created to section 18 from Chapter 21, Computer Programs on CD-ROM, DVD, or Disk, as “Examples of Citations to Computer Programs (Software) on the Internet.” These changes have been recorded in the Content Updates appendix.

Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Biographical Sketch Format Now Available for SciENcv Profiles

SciENcv users can now create biosketches in the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) biographical sketch format which can be used to apply for IES funding. In addition, users can also export their citations from the IES Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) database to My Bibliography. This newly added biosketch format is available to download in PDF, MS Word or XML, and users are able to share their SciENcv IES biosketches through a public URL.

The IES biographical sketch consists of five sections:

Creating SciENcv Profiles Using the IES Biographical Sketch Format
There are three ways to create a SciENcv profile in the IES biographical sketch format: entering information manually, copying information from an existing SciENcv biosketch, or using an external data source to populate a biosketch. Further details are available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

BD2K Funding and Training Update

BD2K has announced the following new opportunities:

TOXNET Update: Chemical Databases Now Link to Most Recent Five Years of PubMed Citations

The following National Library of Medicine (NLM) TOXNET databases now provide a link to an NLM PubMed search for the past five years of publications:

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