After a few exciting weeks of profiling incredible librarians from around the world, I’m relieved to return to familiar territory with a good ol’ fashioned news round-up. For May 2018, I want to highlight a few interesting new data resources for librarians from National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), including new data filters on PubMed and PubMed Central and an upcoming webinar series about research data management. Also, there’s the equivalent of the Super Bowl for medical librarians coming up next week, the annual Medical Library Association (MLA) conference, this year in Atlanta, GA. I unfortunately won’t be there in person this year, but I’ll follow along through Twitter and blogs.
PubMed Data Filters
On April 24, 2018, the NLM Technical Bulletin announced the ability to filter PubMed and PubMed Central search results to view articles that have associated data sets. The NLM Technical Bulletin article describes the following data-related filtering options:
- Use data[filter] to find citations with related data links in either the Secondary Source ID field or the LinkOut – Other Literature Resources field.
- PubMed Central
- Use has suppdata[filter] to find articles with associated supplementary material.
- Use has data avail[filter] to find articles that include a data availability or data accessibility statement.
- Use has data citations[filter] to find articles that include data citation(s).
- Use has associated data[filter] to find all articles with any type of data section described above.
Availability of related data sets is an important step towards improving reproducibility and transparency for research articles. Hopefully these data-related filters will eventually be more prominently featured in the PubMed filter options (such as in the side-column list of filter options beside search results).
NNLM Research Data Management Webinar Series
The NNLM Research Data Management (RDM) webinar series is kicking off June 14, 2018, 2-3pm ET, with the free webinar Research Data Management Services: Beyond Analysis and Coding. The presentation by Margaret Henderson, a Health Sciences Librarian at San Diego State University Library, will “show you how to start RDM services, even if you don’t feel confident about your statistical skills or knowledge of R.”
The NNLM RDM webinar series will be an ongoing bimonthly webinar series, with the aim to “support RDM within the library to better serve librarians and their institutional communities.” I’m personally very excited about this series, since I’ve recently become interested in finding free online training resources related to research data management that are more geared towards information professionals (and less heavily focused on programming skills). Once again, NNLM delivers with incredibly useful (and FREE!) online professional development resources.
MLA 2018 Resources
- Twitter: I’ll definitely be following the #mlanet18 hashtag to learn some of the great insights other medical librarians are taking away from MLA speakers, sessions, and posters (especially the official MLA ’18 Tweeters).
- Blogs: I’ll check the blog post summaries from the MLA’18 Blog Correspondents.
Have a great time if you’re going to MLA 2018, and remember to Tweet!