The following is a portion of a post on NIH.gov by Dr. Francis S. Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health:
After decades of extraordinary service to the NIH as the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Dr. Donald Lindberg will be retiring at the end of March 2015. Don has led the Library through dramatic and transformative changes in the way in which we collect, analyze, and share information. In order to help chart the course for the next era of health and biological science information, I have assembled an excellent team of experts across sectors in many disciplines — biomedical research, bioinformatics, library sciences, publishing, and patient care. Established as a working group of my Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD), this distinguished group has been asked to lay out the vision for the NLM, in order to ensure it remains an international leader in biomedical and health information.
The NLM will need to continue leading the way for how biomedical and health information is collected, shared, and analyzed. New challenges are appearing, such as leveraging Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) for research, seamlessly integrating ClinicalTrials.gov with other NIH databases and EMRs, creating and managing a “data commons” that can facilitate and accelerate data sharing on a scale never before imagined – and many more.
These are exciting times and I look forward to hearing more about the group’s findings on these important topics when they present to the ACD at the upcoming June 11-12, 2015, meeting.