Snippets of web pages regarding Ebola and Zika that are part of the archived collection of global health events.

From Ebola to Zika: Saving Historical Resources

This is a story about the risk of loss. Rotting links, drifting content, and challenging content types that are difficult to capture threaten to make material on the web disappear. This is unacceptable when we’re talking about the story of global health events like the recent Ebola outbreak and today’s Zika virus. Documentation of what…

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Long Distance Learning Goes the Distance at NLM

“Hey, Alaska. Welcome to the United States,” said a high school student in Los Angeles to a student in Alaska. “Welcome to the other half,” quipped the Alaskan student. Cultural sensitivity and geography lessons are just a couple of extras to come out of NLM’s Distance Learning Outreach Program. What started as a “what if…

Dr. Califf speaks at a podium, his presentation slide on reproducibility visible behind him

The Road to Reproducible Biomedical Research?

The head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other speakers at a recent conference sponsored by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine suggested the reproducibility of biomedical research might improve if scientists could agree on a definition of “reproducibility” and if more information about preclinical trial research findings was available…

PubMed logo next to lit birthday candles in the shape of the number twenty, exploding fireworks behind

PubMed Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

PubMed was first released two decades ago in January 1996 as an experimental database under the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) retrieval system. The word “experimental” was dropped from the website in April 1997, and on June 26, 1997, a Capitol Hill press conference officially announced free MEDLINE access via PubMed. See an outline of the…

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School May Be Out for Summer, but Science Is Always In

Just before the end of the school year, hundreds of middle and high school students from the Washington, DC area gathered at NIH for the National Library of Medicine’s third annual Science Pathfinders Day. Through demonstrations, hands-on activities, and speeches, students got to experience what it might be like to work in a lab, a…