November 2013 marks 25 years since the founding of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).
In honor of NCBI’s 25th anniversary, United States Senator Ben Cardin read a statement into the Congressional Record recognizing years of service in providing access to biomedical and genomic information to enhance the world’s science and health.
On November 1st an awards and recognition program was held on the NIH Campus in Bethesda, Maryland to commemorate this occasion.
Tony Hey, Ph.D., Vice President of Microsoft Research, presenting the Jim Gray eScience award to David Lipman, M.D., Director of the NCBI.
At this event, Tony Hey, PhD, Vice President of Microsoft Research, presented NCBI Director David Lipman, MD, with the Jim Gray eScience Award which recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions to the field of data-intensive computing in the pursuit of open, supportive, and collaborative research models. Continue reading
NCBI has released a pilot version of a new service in PubMed that allows researchers to post comments on individual PubMed abstracts. Called PubMed Commons, this service is an initiative of the NIH leadership in response to repeated requests by the scientific community for such a forum to be part of PubMed. We hope that PubMed Commons will leverage the social power of the internet to encourage constructive criticism and high quality discussions of scientific issues that will both enhance understanding and provide new avenues of collaboration within the community.
In the July 19, 2013 issue of the journal Science, an interesting article describes the discovery and characterization of two “giant” viruses that are proposed to comprise the first members of the “Pandoravirus” genus.
Nadege Philippe and co-workers obtained the viruses from sediment samples in Chile and Australia and found that they have no morphological resemblance to any previously defined virus families. The investigators isolated the genomes of these viruses and sequenced them using a variety of NextGen methodologies. They then assembled the reads into contigs and characterized them using various sequence similarity algorithms (including NCBI’s BLAST and CD-Search). Interestingly, while related to each other, the genomes were not similar to those of any other organism or virus. Additionally, 93% of protein-coding sequences had no recognizable homologs.
NCBI, in collaboration with NLM and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine NLM Training Center (NTC) at the University of Utah, recently presented A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. This new course was designed to prepare health science librarians for supporting and training patrons about NCBI molecular databases and tools at their own institutions.
Participants, instructors, and organizers in the first offering of “A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI” outside the National Library of Medicine.
We have made all of the course materials available. Feel free to learn from these, adapt them for your own teaching, or share them with others. You can use the links below access the course materials, which include the slide sets with quizzes, demonstrations and practice problems, or visit the FTP site to get all the materials.
Next week NCBI will premiere A Librarian’s Guide to NCBI, a new course aimed at teaching health science librarians about NCBI resources. The course is sponsored by the NCBI, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s NLM Training Center (NNLM/NTC) at the University of Utah. The initial offering of this course will be held from April 15-19, 2013.
NCBI’s new PubReader display format in PubMed Central (PMC) makes full-text research papers not only more readable but also more portable.
Whether you’re using a desktop, laptop, tablet or smart phone, PubReader adapts to your device, displaying full-text articles in a user-friendly format that minimizes scrolling and maximizes intuitive navigation and portability (see Figure 1).
Figure 1. The PubReader format as seen in three common displays (widescreen desktop, smart phone and tablet).