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NLM Spotlight: Big Data to Knowledge Initiative

BD2K Home Page

In 2012, the National Institutes of Health launched the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Initiative. The National Library of Medicine is one of the many institutes involved in this trans-NIH initiative to support research and innovative approaches to integrate Big Data and data science into biomedical research.  The BD2K Initiative facilitates broad use of biomedical digital assets, conducts research and develops methods and tools to analyze Big Data, enhances training on methods and tools for Big Data, and supports the data ecosystem.

As part of the BD2K Initiative, there are various educational and funding opportunities available to support your involvement in data science. Here are a couple of highlights:

BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science Webinar Series
This series of free webinars provide a high-level didactic overview across the range of topics important to data science (including data management, data representation, computing, data modeling, and more). The series will be held each Friday at 11:00 am Central Time, beginning September 9, 2016 and running through May 19, 2017. Join in by visiting You may also dial in using your phone: (872) 240-3311, access code 786-506-213. Registration is not required.  Lecturers will include: Mark Musen (Stanford), William Hersh (Oregon Health Sciences), Lucila Ohno-Machado (UCSD), Michel Dumontier (Stanford), Zachary Ives (Penn), Suzanne Sansone (Oxford), Chaitan Baru (NSF), Brian Caffo (Johns Hopkins), and Naomi Elhadad (Columbia). For more information about the series and to see archived presentations, visit:

BD2K Grants from the National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine is currently offering grants to support educational activities that train biomedical scientists, enhance diversity in the research workforce, or develop metadata standards for a software repository. See these and other grant opportunities on the BD2K Funding Announcement page.

For more information about BD2K:

Services spotlight: order articles and books in McGoogan Docs

The library subscribes to thousands of journals, but sometimes you need an article from a journal that we do not have. What do you do? Try the McGoogan Docs system. You can submit article, book chapter, or book requests in an easy to use form and the interlibrary loan department will obtain it for you. Our sources include other libraries, publishers, or open access journals. We strive to provide the best copy for you, but if you are not satisfied, please let us know. Turnaround time is on average 1.5 business days. Rush is available in cases in which you have a grant deadline, an urgent patient care issue, etc. And the best part? It’s free! There were charges or limits in the past, but no more! All faculty, staff, and students at UNMC receive free service. However, if there is a copyright royalty issue, we may ask that you help with the cost, which is capped at $30.

To learn how to use McGoogan Docs, please view the following tutorial: