OHSU’s Annual Poetry Contest-Extended

2017 Poetry Contest Image Deadline Extended23The OHSU Poetry Contest deadline has been extended!  Winning authors will be awarded $50 Amazon gift cards.  Submissions are now due April 23rd.  Details at http://www.ohsu.edu/library/poetrycontest.

Library posters win award at Biocuration 2017

Members of ODG attended the International Society for Biocuration annual meeting at Stanford, CA from March 27-29, 2017.  
Nicole Vasilevsky presented two posters, which both won a best poster award at the conference.

The poster titled “Training future biocurators through data science trainings and open educational resources” was co-authored by Nicole, Ted Laderas (DMICE), Jackie Wirz, Bjorn Pederson (DMICE), David Dorr (DMICE), Bill Hersh (DMICE), Shannon McWeeney (DMICE) and Melissa Haendel. and is available here. The poster described development of in-person data science trainings offered as short courses to OHSU students, and the development of Open Educational Resources (OERs) that are available online (dmice.ohsu.edu/bd2k). Conference attendees were particularly interested in the BD2K tutorials on topics related to biocuration (such as BDK05 on Data Standards and BDK12 on Data annotation and Curation), as there is a lack of formal training in biocuration. Several biocuration efforts discussed at the conference involved crowd-sourced efforts, so these tutorials will be useful for training contributors to these community databases.

The poster titled “A need for better data sharing policies: a review of data sharing policies in biomedical journals” described a project led by Robin Champieux and co-authored by Nicole, Jessica Minnier (from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health) and Melissa Haendel, and is available here. This poster described an analysis of biomedical journal data sharing policies. It is widely agreed that data sharing is important for ensuring transparency of research results and scientific reproducibility (and data sharing will certainly facilitate biocuration efforts to extract information from the literature into databases). This analysis showed that approximately 40% of journals (in our sample) either required or strongly encouraged data sharing upon publication. The data from this analysis is shared here (which includes a list of journals that require or encourage data sharing) and we hope that researchers will publish in those journals that require data sharing. A preprint is available here, and the manuscript has been accepted for publication in PeerJ and will be available soon.

Help Test and Improve the OHSU Library Web Site! Spring 2017 OHSU Library Web Site Usability Testing

The OHSU Library conducts periodic usability testing of its web site and currently is recruiting people to participate in this season’s usability testing.

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What is usability testing?

If you choose to participate we will set up a time to meet with you to go through a set of questions or tasks on the web site. There are *no* “right” or “wrong” answers. We are just interested in learning more about how people expect to find information on our site. The sessions will be scheduled for an hour, but will most likely not take more than 30 minutes.

Why do this?

Understanding how students, faculty, staff, and community members use our web site helps us evolve the web site to continue to make it as usable and user-friendly as possible. Your participation helps make the site better for everyone!

 

What do I get for doing this?

Aside from the satisfaction of knowing you are helping improve the Library’s web site for all, we will provide you a small token of thanks in the form of some kind of snack-related item.

What if I want to remain anonymous?

We are interested in the “type” of user you are (student, staff, faculty, community member) and will note this, but otherwise are not tracking on individual information.

I’m interested. Now what?

If you are interested in participating in this usability testing, please contact Laura Zeigen (zeigenl@ohsu.edu) by Thursday, March 30th, 2017. You will be contacted about setting up a time for library staff to go through the testing with you.

OHSU’s Annual Poetry Contest

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Remote Access Downtime

OHSU Library remote access will be unavailable from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 for server maintenance.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Research Project Workshops

OHSU Lib RDM workshops

Presidents’ Day Holiday Hours

OHSU Library at the BICC

The Library Service Desk at the BICC will be closed and the Library is not open to the general public on Monday, February 20th, in recognition of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The After Hours Study Space is open on the 4th floor of the BICC. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance with a valid OHSU badge.

Graduate LRC at the CLSB

The Library Service Desk at the LRC will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in recognition of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The Graduate LRC is open on the 5th floor of the CLSB. It may be accessed with a valid OHSU badge by occupants of departments and programs located at the CLSB.

Presidents’ Day Holiday Hours

OHSU Library at the BICC  

The Library Service Desk at the BICC will be closed and the Library is not open to the general public on Monday, February 20th, in recognition of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The After Hours Study Space is open on the 4th floor of the BICC. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance with a valid OHSU badge.

Graduate LRC at the CLSB

The Library Service Desk at the LRC will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in recognition of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The Graduate LRC is open on the 5th floor of the CLSB. It may be accessed with a valid OHSU badge by occupants of departments and programs located at the CLSB.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Hours

OHSU Library at the BICC  

The Library Service Desk at the BICC will be closed and the Library is not open to the general public on Monday, January 16th, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The After Hours Study Space is open on the 4th floor of the BICC. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance with a valid OHSU badge.

Graduate LRC at the CLSB

The Library Service Desk at the LRC will be closed on Monday, January 16th, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The Graduate LRC is open on the 5th floor of the CLSB. It may be accessed with a valid OHSU badge by occupants of departments and programs located at the CLSB.

Vote for OpenTrialsFDA

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Public voting for the Open Science Prize closes this Friday, January 6, and OpenTrialsFDA, led by OHSU Associate Professor, Dr. Erick Turner, is one of the finalists.  This week the OHSU community is rallying to get OpenTrialsFDA shortlisted to receive the $230,000 prize.  The Open Science Prize is a partnership between the NIH, the Wellcome Trust, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to “unleash the power of open content and data to advance biomedical research” and its application to improve health.  OpenTrialsFDA is one of six international teams that have been working since May 2016 to build prototypes that realize this vision.

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While the boundaries of Open Science are debatable, in practice its advocates aim to make scientific research freely accessible and maximally interoperable to drive discovery, economic growth and human health.  Increasingly, the most vocal advocates for open science practices are scientific thought leaders, funders, and policy makers — stakeholders that truly influence how we work.  Indeed, in early December, the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science hosted the Open Data Science Symposium, a public event exploring how Open Data and Open Science are transforming biomedical research.  Nearly 1,200 people attended and listened to both the current and a former NIH director passionately and practically describe the importance of data sharing for accelerating research.

Dialogue on Open Science between NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Former NIH Director Dr. Harold Varmus, moderated by Chris Wiggins, Chief Data Scientist for The New York Times. Image: https://datascience.nih.gov/blog/OpenDataScienceSymposium2016

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OpenTrialsFDA is designed to make clinical trial data from FDA reviews more discoverable, searchable, and actionable.  It addresses important problems and has broad clinical relevance.  Unlike the published literature, which often provides a biased picture of drug efficacy and safety, FDA reviews contain comprehensive methodological, protocol, and outcomes information.  While the FDA makes this data available via a public database, the documents are difficult to search and link to other content; therefore, it is underutilized by researchers, clinicians, and the public.  OpenTrialsFDA fixes this problem, and combined with its parent project, OpenTrials,  provides a linked foundation of publically accessible clinical trial data to inform clinical decision making and new research.

OpenTrialsFDA needs your votes to win the Open Science Prize, which will allow Dr. Turner and his team to fully develop this important tool.  Only 3 teams will be shortlisted and considered by the expert panel of advisors for the $230,000.  You can learn more about OpenTrialsFDA via this short video and explore the prototype.

Vote here and spread the word by Friday, January 6 at 11:59 PM PST to make OpenTrialsFDA and OHSU an Open Science Prize winner! 

Additionally, if you’re looking for a deep dive on the Open Science Prize and reflections on how to evaluate the finalists, read this post from OHSU Associate Professor, Dr. Melissa Haendel.