Five innovative software applications that help researchers, health professionals, and the general public in their quest for medical and scientific information are the winners of the National Library of Medicine's first software development challenge.
The winning applications can help people learn about anatomy, help researchers find gene information in research literature, and help people sift through large amounts of scientific and medical information.
The library's software development challenge, Show off Your Apps: Innovative Uses of NLM Information, solicited applications that used the library’s data to develop innovative ways for people to obtain and share scientific and medical information. Entrants could create a new app, or submit an existing one. An independent panel of judges chose five winners and five honorable mentions.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), part of the National Institutes of Health, is the world’s largest medical library and itself a pioneer and innovator in the use of technology to improve access to biomedical and health information. NLM provides a wide variety of information online by developing groundbreaking databases and software tools that enable people to explore medical literature, clinical trials, historical images, DNA sequences and much more.
"NLM was a leader in open data long before that term was coined," says U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. "Challenges like this one bring the library’s rich data sources to the attention of new groups of innovators."
"By making our data available for others to use, we spark more innovation and give taxpayers a bigger dividend on their investment," says Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., director of the NLM, which is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.
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Click here for more information about the Software Development Challenge.
Source: NIH News Release