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National Library of Medicine Launches Application Programming Interface (API) Web Page

The National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library and an arm of the National Institutes of Health, today released a new API Web page. An API is a set of routines that an application uses to request and carry out lower-level services performed by a computer's operating system.

This new resource (// supports the Administration's interest in promoting computer and mobile applications development using government data resources accessible via APIs.

The NLM API page provides:

  • a consolidated list and descriptions of NLM systems and databases that currently have API access to data
  • links to supporting documentation
  • links to the respective Web application interface, if applicable

The NLM API page is also available from the NLM Databases & Electronic Resources page (// which provides links and short descriptions to dozens of health and science related resources maintained by the NLM.

Please send your comments and recommendations for further API development to NLM customer service (Contact NLM).


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