NOT-OD-15-067: Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input into the deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM)
"This Notice is a time-sensitive Request for Information (RFI) soliciting input into the deliberations of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) Working Group on the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Background As defined in statute, the NLM was established to “assist the advancement of medical and related sciences and to aid the dissemination and exchange of scientific and other information important to the progress of medicine and to the public health.” The world’s largest biomedical library, the NLM maintains and makes available a vast multimedia collection of published literature, organizational archives and manuscripts, and still and moving images; builds and provides electronic information resources used billions of times each year by millions of scientists, health professionals, and members of the public; supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics, data and information science, and health information technology; and coordinates a ~6,100-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States. In pursuit of its mission, the NLM has achieved many successes, such as pioneering free Internet access to PubMed, access to genetic and genomic data through GenBank, clinical trial registration and results through clinicaltrials.gov, NIH-funded biomedical research as part of the NIH Public Access Policy, and supporting the research and training programs of institutions throughout the country. The full scope of activities of the NLM can be found at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/. Ultimately, the creation and maintenance of these resources help to support and enable access to the results of research funded by NIH and many other organizations ... This Request for Information (RFI) seeks input regarding the strategic vision for the NLM to ensure that it remains an international leader in biomedical data and health information. In particular, comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts, and services (e.g., databases, software, collections) – collectively referred to in this RFI hereafter as 'NLM elements'. Your comments can include but are not limited to the following topics ..."