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Changes to the NLM License Agreement for NLM Data

McGhee M. Changes to the NLM License Agreement for NLM Data. NLM Tech Bull. 2014 Sep-Oct;(400):e1.

2014 September 02 [posted]

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is announcing the release of its revised "License Agreement for NLM Data." This revised license, dated September 1, 2014, will supersede the license last revised on October 24, 2008. Existing licensees wishing to continue access to 2015 data will be asked to accept the new license when they renew their license in November 2014. (The 2015 renewal system will be available for existing licensees from approximately November 5 through December 10, 2014.) Beginning September 1, 2014 prospective licensees will accept the new license.

The revised license is available at //www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/license/license.pdf. The following summarizes the changes:

  • For many years, NLM offered a subset of the archival International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA) data via the TOXLINE Subset. However, no one is leasing the IPA subset data from us and therefore we will no longer offer it as part of our data distribution program. Parties interested in the archival IPA subset data should contact Thomson Reuters.

    1. Section 8. PREREQUISITE ARRANGEMENT and Appendix B (Prerequisite Arrangement with Producer of Data) have been deleted from the license
    2. Sections 9 through 16 have been re-numbered accordingly (i.e., Sections 8 through 15, respectively)
    3. Appendices C and D have been re-lettered accordingly (i.e., Appendix B and Appendix C, respectively)
    4. The list of appendices in the license (Section 15. APPENDICES) has been updated
    5. References to Appendices B and C have been updated
    6. The license and appendices page numbering have been updated

  • Since October 2013, NLM no longer adds, updates or maintains records in DIRLINE (DIRLINE Ends Its 30 Year Run). Therefore, NLM will no longer lease DIRLINE data.

    1. References to DIRLINE have been deleted from Appendices A and the (re-lettered) B.

General information about leasing databases from the National Library of Medicine may be found at //www.nlm.nih.gov/databases/leased.html and you may contact us at nlmdatadistrib@nlm.nih.gov if you have questions or need additional information.

By Margaret A. McGhee
MEDLARS Management Section

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