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Creator of PubMed Central biomedical research database recognized for outstanding citizen service
Date:6/23/2008

Washington, DC June 23, 2008 The Partnership for Public Service, a Washington, DC-based non-profit group that aims to "revitalize the federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and transforming the way government works," has announced that Dr. David Lipman, leader of the team that created the PubMed Central online archive of biomedical research, is among three finalists for the 2008 Service to America Medal in the Citizen Services category.

The prestigious Service to America awards honor excellence in the federal workforce, recognizing "outstanding federal workers who are making high-impact contributions critical to the safety, health and well-being of Americans." The Citizen Services category spotlights a federal employee for "a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to social services."

Dr. Lipman, Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), is being honored for leading the development of the groundbreaking PubMed Central database, which enhances biomedical research in ways that accelerate scientific discovery and increase public knowledge.

PubMed Central (www.pubmedcentral.gov) is an online digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature that is available free on the Internet and heavily used by scientists and the public alike. Currently containing over 1.7 million articles relating to clinical and basic research and growing rapidly as a result of recent legislation requiring researchers to deposit their NIH-supported work there PubMed Central is interconnected with other biomedical and life science databases and is a crucial link in NIH's efforts to speed discovery of new medical treatments and put high-quality information in the hands of doctors and patients.

"Perhaps the greatest testament to the value of this resource is the phenomenal amount of traff
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