Ten Years of PubMed Central Event Featuring NIH's Dr. David Lipman
NEW YORK, March 8, 2010 –

What can researchers expect next from PubMed Central? Join the National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Dr. David Lipman for a discussion of past milestones and future plans for the free archive of full-text biomedical research articles from the NIH. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, at 12:30 p.m. at the Mailman School of Public Health, Hess Student Commons, 722 West 168th Street, Lobby Floor, and is sponsored by Columbia University's Scholarly Communication Program and the Mailman School of Public Health.

On its 10th anniversary, PubMed Central (PMC) is one of the world's largest archives of freely accessible full-text journal articles. Its launch in February 2000 marked a major step toward providing greater access to the results of publicly funded research in biomedicine and the life sciences, and since April 2008 the NIH has required that articles reporting the results of NIH-funded research projects be deposited in PMC. This deposit mandate has met with intense opposition from many in the publishing industry, and it is the basis for two competing bills currently in legislation: one that would expand the mandate to other federal agencies and one that would overturn it.

Dr. Lipman leads the development team behind PMC. He is Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a major R&D division of the National Library of Medicine within the NIH. He has overseen the NCBI’s growth into one of the most heavily used resources in the world for the search and retrieval of biomedical information. Among NCBI's approximately 100 databases are GenBank (DNA sequences), PubMed (abstracts and citations of published biomedical literature), PMC (full-text articles) and dbGaP (Genome-Wide Association Studies and other phenotype and genotype data).

This event is free and open to the public (please bring a picture ID to access the event). It is the fifth of six events this academic year in a speaker series organized by the Scholarly Communication Program. Follow the series remotely via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScholarlyComm. Video will be distributed through the Program's website and Columbia University's iTunesU and YouTube pages. For information on the series, Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, please email Kathryn Pope at kp2002@columbia.edu, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.

The Scholarly Communication Program explores effective uses of digital technology for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, highlights innovative approaches to communicating scholarly work and examines related debates over policy and practice, particularly in the context of global research.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.  

The Mailman School of Public Health is the only accredited school of public health in New York City, and among the first in the nation. Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health provides instruction and research opportunities to more than 1,000 graduate students in pursuit of masters and doctoral degrees. Its students and more than 300 multi-disciplinary faculty engage in research and service in the city, nation, and around the world, concentrating on biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management, population and family health, and sociomedical sciences.

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