NLM Technology Update
PubMed Mobile Beta Released, Turning the Pages Now Available as an App, ReUnite App Helps with Missing Persons, WISER Upgraded to Version 4.4 and to iPhone/iPod Touch App 1.1, and TOXNET Adds Comparative Toxicogenomics Database
The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library and a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announces updates and enhancements to five of its electronic resources.
- PubMed® Mobile Beta provides a simplified, mobile-friendly Web interface to access PubMed, which features more than 20 million citations from MEDLINE, life science journals and books. PubMed Mobile includes the same basic search functionality and content as standard PubMed; that is, all search terms and fields work similarly. To learn more, please view this recent story in the NLM Technical Bulletin: //www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/ma11/ma11_pm_mobile_beta.html.
- The popular interactive program, Turning The Pages, already available in touchscreen-equipped kiosks and as an online Web version, has been extended to an iPad application by research engineers at the NLM's Lister Hill Center. Users with an iPad can now enjoy access to rare, historic biomedical books in NLM's collection through this app. They can turn and magnify the digitized pages, and call up curatorial descriptions of the books, all by touch. At present, the books available are Hanaoka Seishu's Surgical Casebook and Hieronymus Brunschwig's Liber de Arte Distilland, with others to follow. Download the app from Apple iTunes at //bit.ly/nlmttp.
- Research engineers at the NLM's Lister Hill Center have released ReUnite, an iPhone app to report and search for missing persons. This app has resulted from ongoing research in post-disaster family reunification technologies (//archive.nlm.nih.gov/lpf). ReUnite is available from Apple iTunes (//bit.ly/nlmreunite) and provides an easy to use user interface. In addition to basic missing person data, it allows image capture, metadata tagging, geo-location, text and voice notes, and support for French and Spanish languages.
- The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) has released Version 4.4 of its WISER (Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders) system. You can download this update to WISER's Windows, Pocket PC and SmartPhone platforms from the WISER Web site or access the updated on-line version, WebWISER. To view highlights (including a new, interactive Chemical Reactivity capability), please see What's New in 4.4 on the WISER Web site. In addition, WISER for iPhone/iPod touch 1.1 is now available from Apple's App Store.
- The Comparative Toxicogenomics Database (CTD) is now a data file on the NLM's Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®, //toxnet.nlm.nih.gov). The CTD contains manually curated data describing cross-species chemical-gene/protein interactions and chemical-and gene-disease relationships. The results provide insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying variable susceptibility and environmentally influenced diseases. These data also provide insight into complex chemical-gene and protein interaction networks. In TOXNET, users can search chemicals (by name or CAS registry number) and see the related genes and diseases. Users can then be taken via the TOXNET's CTD results to the complete CTD site for further details. CTD is compiled by the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL), with support from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) of the NIH.