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1 Current developments, future plans (plus quick overview of the RIC) UHMLG Spring Forum Woburn House Conference Centre March 9th, 2009 Paul Davey, UK PubMed Central Engagement Manager

2 2 UHMLG Spring Forum What is UK PubMed Central? Originally a mirror site of National Institutes of Health PubMed Central, a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journals (established in 2000) Full-text articles (as opposed to PubMed, which provides links to journal abstracts and link-out to full text articles in PubMed Central) from peer-reviewed biomedical and health research journals (must reach National Library of Medicine standards) Access to 1.4 million+ full-text articles and 18 million+ article abstracts (through PubMed) Links to other databases, e.g. NIH MedLine and Genbank accessed through Entrez search engine A development programme (more later)

3 3 UHMLG Spring Forum Why should there be a UK PubMed Central? Cutting down, where possible, duplication of research activity Adding to a global resource, by working with the UK’s leading biomedical and health research organisations and charities Drawing upon considerable experience of activities undertaken already at National Library of Medicine, NCBI and National Institutes of Health Developing a resource driven by the needs of the UK research community

4 4 UHMLG Spring Forum UK PubMed Central funders

5 5 UHMLG Spring Forum Mission for UK PubMed Central To become the information resource of choice for the UK biomedical and health research community by: Establishing a comprehensive sustainable repository for UK-funded research outputs Improving information retrieval and knowledge discovery through the development of text and data-mining solutions Providing access to additional content that integrates seamlessly into the UKPMC website Creating comprehensive analysis and reporting tools for researchers and funders to inform strategy and policy making

6 6 UHMLG Spring Forum Partner’s development programme European Bioinformatics Institute: Providing comprehensive bibliographic data (PubMed, patents etc) to the UKPMC search system (e.g. by linking to their CiteXplore database) With NaCTeM, analysing full-text articles in UKPMC to extract biological entities and link them to relevant databases British Library: Brings expertise in identification and cataloguing of additional content to augment the research publications Mimas at University of Manchester: Developing grant-related information for funders and grantees, assisting in technical integration, whilst ensuring service continuity throughout

7 7 UHMLG Spring Forum The Department of Health view Research Government framework – clear government policy to provide free access to research being undertaken and its findings (following appropriate review) Preservation of research outputs for current, and future, generations to access Development of systems which will link to UK PubMed Central to Department of Health’s own systems through NIHR Electronic copies of any research papers accepted for publication must be submitted to UK PubMed Central within six months of publication

8 8 UHMLG Spring Forum Some challenges for engagement and addressing these Challenges Differentiation with US counterpart Disenfranchising our users Researchers commitments to submit their material to UKPMC Some ways to address Consultation with user community; working closely with NCBI sharing information etc.; Outline benefits to researchers: citation and visibility, cuts down duplication, working with them to develop the resource Work closely with funders: we need to demonstrate the value they are getting from their investment

9 9 UHMLG Spring Forum Some endorsements “The Department of Health has supported the concept of UK PubMed Central since the outset. It offers a valuable resource to the UK and international research communities…” (Professor Dame Sally C. Davies)

10 10 UHMLG Spring Forum So, again, what is important about it? We have the backing of key funders in the UK, and the foundations of an exciting working relationship with the NIHR In the longer term, will enable researchers to become more efficient and effective Developing a UK identity that builds upon world-wide recognition of PubMed Central in the United States We have the opportunity for our colleagues in the US to gain a valuable insight into how PubMed Central could grow into a ‘culturally driven’ resource with the advantages of linking to research undertaken anywhere in the world Our development will be informed by the UK’s research community

11 11 The Research Information Centre Builds on a University of Leeds VRE project included defining the role of libraries in managing VRE outputs Enables direct engagement with the STM community better understand their needs as a result Explores new ways in which users interact with content and metadata Web 2.0, social networking sites “Closing the loop” information management throughout the research lifecycle Supporting our strategic objective by helping make research more efficient A collaboration with Microsoft

12 12 The Research Information Centre – the research lifecycle 12 Seek funding Write Research proposal Experiment, Collect and Collate Analyse interpret and model Idea Creation Review Literature Design Study/Experiment Report/Write & Disseminate Disseminate findings Idea, Discovery Design Obtain Funding Experiment, Collaborate, Analyse

13 13 Project objectives Identify information sources, tools and services to support STM research allow users to populate with additional sources, services etc Explore the application of new services collaborative filtering of literature; continual queries Identify common functional requirements for a VRE enable prototype to be easily repurposed Build on commercial software, to extent possible with support for interoperability Intuitive to use and navigate; user configurable “If I can’t figure it out in 15 minutes, I will quit using it”

14 14 Where we are now 14 A biomedical prototype major open access databases in integrated search links to biomedical funding bodies use as a model for other domains First closed beta release May 2008 search/discover and funding collaboration and storage 24 diverse groups tested July-Sep 2008 Feedback collated Oct 2008

15 15 Initial feedback 15  Key value of RIC VRE is sharing and managing research objects across networked team  The concept of a federated search service was well accepted.  Rating and annotating research objects, transfer to/from social network sites was a hit.  Confirmed value of a personal project repository: papers, references to bookmarks.  Slide library, bibliographic formatting tool were very well received  Users want assurances data will be secure, by a neutral and trusted service provider.  Ambivalence about threaded discussions, perhaps a generation related issue.  We underestimated value of pre-populated information resources – they want all…  Would best serve groups not already well supported by information management tools

16 16 Where next 16 Complete lifecycle functionality Enhancements of existing functionality in light of feedback Modularisation of codebase to enable development and customisation Domain-specific population of resources partnership with biomedical organisations prototype in environmental sciences For more information about the Research Information Centre, contact Stephen Andrews,

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