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UMLS News and Announcements (2008)

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December 2008

November 2008

  • 2008AB UMLS Release
    November 17, 2008
    The 2008AB edition of the UMLS Knowledge Sources is available for download and searching from the UMLSKS.

  • RxTerms
    November 17, 2008
    RxTerms is a new drug interface terminology derived from RxNorm for prescription writing or medication history recording.

  • SNOMED CT® Edición en Español, October 2008
    November 17, 2008
    The Spanish edition of the July 2008 SNOMED CT: International Release is available for download from the UMLSKS.

October 2008

  • IHTSDO Welcomes Singapore as a New Member
    October 30, 2008
    The IHTSDO has announced that Singapore will become one of its member countries.

  • UMLS Basics Tutorial
    October 23, 2008
    The brand-new UMLS Basics is now available. UMLS Basics is a Web-based tutorial that enables anyone with Internet access to learn about the UMLS. It is designed for novice UMLS users who have some knowledge of controlled vocabularies and related topics, and covers material normally presented in the UMLS Basics one day course taught at the NLM.

  • IHTSDO Appoints New Officers
    October 6, 2008
    The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) announced the appointment of three new officers.

August 2008

July 2008

  • IHTSDO Seeking Proposals for Terminology Toolset
    July 21, 2008
    The International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO) is seeking proposals for the supply and maintenance of a SNOMED CT multi-lingual modular workbench that will host terminology editing, translation, mapping, and other applications. This SNOMED CT workbench is part of the IHTSDO's on-going efforts to enable broader access to, and use of, standardized clinical terminologies worldwide. As the U.S. Member of the IHTSDO, the National Library of Medicine encourages interested parties to submit proposals. Open Health Tools (OHT) is managing the RFP process on behalf of the IHTSDO. Those interested in submitting a proposal should register their intention to bid by July 26, 2008. Proposals will be due by September 5, 2008.

  • UMLS Web Services Sample Application V1.0
    July 17, 2008
    A new user contribution has been added to the UMLS Community Web page. The application is a sample client written in C# that connects to the UMLSKS Web Services API and retrieves spelling suggestions for a given term.

June 2008

  • NLM Invites Nominations for IHTSDO Standing Committees
    June 24, 2008
    NLM is soliciting nominations of potential candidates for the four IHTSDO Standing Committees – Content, Quality Assurance, Research & Innovation, and Technical. These Committees have important roles in the ongoing development of the SNOMED CT clinical terminology and the governance of the IHTSDO. Please submit nominations by e-mail to by AUGUST 1, 2008. Each nomination must be accompanied by complete contact information, a 1-2 page biosketch covering relevant expertise and experience of the nominee, and a short (1/2 page) statement addressing her/his particular interest in and qualifications for the specific Committee(s) of interest. Individuals may nominate themselves.

  • UMLS 2008AA Release Mailed to Users in New Packaging
    June 17, 2008
    The 2008AA release of the UMLS Knowledge Sources on DVD was mailed to users in the first week of June. DVDs are now mailed in environmentally friendly self-mailers made from recycled paper rather than the plastic-wrapped plastic DVD cases. Users who have previously requested or received a DVD will receive the 2008AA Release DVD. To request a DVD, send an e-mail to To speed processing, please include your license code. Alternatively, the data can be downloaded from the UMLSKS.

  • SNOMED CT®: Edición en Español, Abril 2008
    June 17, 2008
    The Spanish edition of the January 2008 SNOMED CT: International Release is available for download from the UMLSKS.

  • RxNorm Full Release Files, June 2008
    June 17, 2008
    The June 2008 full release files are available for download from the UMLSKS. These files are consistent with the 2008AA UMLS Metathesaurus release files.

  • UMLS News Web page and RSS Feed
    June 17, 2008
    Welcome to the UMLS News page. View news for the UMLS Knowledge Sources and related resources, including upcoming Webcasts. Subscribe to receive items from the News page via RSS Feed. Please note that the separate UMLS Webcast Schedule RSS Feed is now disabled. These messages will be included in the UMLS News RSS Feed.