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The ReSource Newsletter provides information on recent reports of NIH-funded activities and it is the primary source of news and information on the Research Portfolio and Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH-supported research. RePORT is ever-expanding with new reports, tools, and concepts for displaying data. Look to The ReSource for the latest developments and handy tips and tricks for using the site and its tools.
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New Feature Highlights

 More Help in Searching by Topic
Similar Projects Screen

To help you find NIH-supported projects or locate investigators engaged in a particular area of research, a new icon to search for “Similar Projects” appears next to each project on the Search Results hit list (fiscal year 2007 and later projects only). Clicking this icon will display up to 100 other projects similar to the selected project.  Similarity is based on the degree of overlap among the projects’ keywords (the set of project terms appearing on the Description tab of each Project Information page). The list of Similar Projects also can be modified to change the fiscal year, NIH spending category, Agency/Institute/Center, and activity code of projects included in the list, or to exclude subprojects. A Similar Projects tab has been added to each project's Project Information page too.

Boolean Search
Boolean Search

Another feature to help you find research by topic is an ‘Advanced’ capability added to Text Search. You can now use Boolean operators (and, or, not, and parentheses to control precedence) in your text search by selecting the 'Advanced' logic radio button. For example, if you're interested in addiction research, but not prevention efforts, you might enter the query (“drug abuse” or “smoking cessation”) not prevention into the text search box. The other Text Search radio buttons, And and Or, work the way they always have: will find projects that include all of the keywords entered; will find projects containing any of the keywords.

In addition, you can now limit Text Search to abstracts, project titles or project terms, or any combination of the three.

There is no delight in owning anything unshared - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

A new Share Hit List capability allows you to quickly disseminate RePORTER Search Results to colleagues. After submitting a query and getting search results in return, click the share button A box will open to allow you to enter a recipient's email address and send an email containing a hyperlink to your search results. (A new RePORTER capability also allows you to save search results to a project portfolio that can be shared. See Create and Share a Portfolio of Projects, later in this issue.)

RePORTER Reaches Out

A new "Links" tab has been added to the RePORTER Search Results and each Project Information page. To truly take advantage of the existing world-wide web of information on biomedical research, this tab provides hyperlinks to additional information outside the RePORTER system that may be related to your search results.

For example, the Links tab is where you will find links to investigators' institutional profile or lab websites. (See Issue 2 of The ReSource for information on how investigators can create PI Profile links.)

In addition to PI profile links, from either Search Results or an individual Project Information page, you can see RePORTER projects on a "topic map" created by NIHMaps.Org. This tool allows you to display a hit list or an individual project on a map of all NIH-funded research, see what areas of research are covered by projects in the hit list, and find other research being conducted in similar areas. Select a Fiscal Year to map (2007 and later only) and click the "View Topic Map" button for a cluster-based visualization of the projects in the search results. Currently, the mapping feature is limited to hit lists of 500 or fewer projects funded in any single fiscal year.

We hope that the number of links out from RePORTER will grow as more linkages are formed between RePORTER data and other public databases (see the National Library of Medicine's vast array of public databases or  Health.Data.gov) and new tools are developed to exploit the RePORTER database (downloadable from the ExPORTER page). Suggestions for new tools to feature on the Links tab are always welcome!

Your Information is Safe with Us

We occasionally hear users express concerns surrounding the availability of email addresses in RePORTER. While NIH has made these available since the CRISP system (precursor to RePORTER) was launched in the 1990s, the release of RePORTER brought renewed attention to their availability. We supply email addresses to facilitate collaboration and promote the dissemination, use, and translation of research and its results.

Of course, RePORTER does not supply−and will not give, sell, or otherwise transfer−these addresses to any party for the purposes of initiating, or enabling others to initiate, commercial electronic mail messages. To further ensure that the email addresses we supply are not harvested automatically for use in promotional campaigns, a verification code (i.e., input by a human being) is now required to view principal investigator and NIH program official email addresses on the Project Information Details page. Although this makes it a little more inconvenient to contact an investigator or program official, we felt the added assurance would be appreciated by all.

Even More of a Good Thing: Now Export Up to 15,000 Projects from Search Results

Now up to 15,000 projects can be exported from RePORTER by selecting the ‘Basic’ export tab in the field selection box. This allows you to download large numbers of projects if you only need the most frequently used data fields. This is an increase from the current limit of 5,000.

   Stay Alert! MyRePORTER Publication Alerts

In Issue 2 of The ReSource we announced the ability to subscribe to weekly alerts of new projects added to the RePORTER database that match any of the queries you’ve saved in MyRePORTER. Now you also can receive an alert when a new publication appears in PubMed that acknowledges support from any project matching your query. To receive publication alerts, simply log in to your MyRePORTER account and, on the Saved Queries Dashboard, you will notice that the Alerts section contains columns for both project and publication alerts. You may choose to receive alerts of new projects in RePORTER that match a query, alerts of new PubMed publications that cite support from projects that match a query, or both.

Check the boxes next to the saved queries for which you would like to receive alerts and you will be enrolled to receive a weekly email alerting you to new projects and/or publications. (If you are new to MyRePORTER, see how to register in the RePORTER Manual.)

   Create and Share a Portfolio of Projects

MyRePORTER users can now store search results to portfolios of projects. To create a portfolio, use the checkboxeson the Search Results hit list to select the projects to be added and click the ‘Add to Portfolio’ button. You have the option of creating a new portfolio or adding the selected projects to an existing one. If you’d like to share the portfolio with someone else, use the email icon on the MyRePORTER Dashboard to send an email. The recipient will receive a link they can follow to a RePORTER Search Results page with your portfolio.

ExPORTER enhancements

By popular demand, ExPORTER will now provide weekly updates to the database instead of monthly. No longer wait for a month to get updated files. Each week’s files will be available the following week so ExPORTER’s file generation will be in sync with the weekly RePORTER data refresh.

Upgrade and Retirement of Related RePORT Pages

Three existing sections of the RePORT site—Award Data for Individual Organizations, NIH Extramural Awards by State and Foreign Site, and NIH Extramural Awards by State and Congressional District—will soon be replaced by an enhanced version of the NIH Awards by Location and Organizations page.  The Awards by Location and Organizations tool is being enhanced to include all of the information currently available through these other pages, providing a single place to go for all information on the organizations that NIH supports, including interactive maps and downloadable datasets.  We anticipate these changes to be available by the end of November.  Until then, all three of the older sites will remain accessible.

Coming Soon!  Time for RePORT to Shape Up

The RePORT website is now almost four years old. According to some estimates, that’s 40 in internet years! It’s about time that RePORT start taking better care of itself, so look for a revitalized RePORT in the coming weeks. A streamlined, high performance approach and new user interface will make working with RePORT more intuitive and save you time retrieving data and finding NIH reports.

Rock Talk: New Report on NIH Research Career Development Awards

In a recent post on her Rock Talk blog, Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, describes an evaluation study of the NIH Individual Mentored Career Development Awards Program. Readers can access her blog for more detail.

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