From the RFI:
As defined in statute, the purpose of the NLM is 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.” As the world’s largest biomedical library, NLM presents a highly visible face of NIH across the United States and around the globe. Through its information systems, biomedical informatics and data science research portfolio, extensive training programs, and many partnerships, NLM plays an essential role in furthering fundamental research; catalyzing and supporting the translation of basic science into new treatments, products, and improved practice; and providing useful decision support for health professionals, the public health and emergency response workforce, and patients.
In the ten years since development of the NLM’s last long range plan, there have been significant advances in biomedical informatics; major new initiatives at the NIH in data science, precision medicine, and open access to biomedical information; and changes in the environment and infrastructure of our country’s health systems. NLM is committed to building a data infrastructure that will support the future of biomedical research.
The RFI identifies four themes:
1) Role of NLM in advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics
2) Role of NLM in advancing biomedical discovery and translational science
3) Role of NLM in supporting the public’s health: clinical systems, public health systems and services, and personal health
4) Role of NLM in building collections to support discovery and health in the 21st century
Details about these themes, additional background, and how to submit comments can be accessed here.
Responses must be received by January 9, 2017.