It’s a video of a talk given by David Lipman, Director of the National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine, on March 23, 2010. He provides an overview of the past, present, and future of the National Institutes of Health’s archive of biomedical research articles, PubMed Central (PMC). Some noteworthy sections of the video are:
0 – 3:30 min: Introduction by Ian Lapp, Mailman School of Public Health (which cosponsored the event).
3:30 – 22:40 min: David Lipman describes the past of PMC.
22:40 – 31:30 min: He discusses the “Discovery Initiative”, an effort to “improve the quantity, quality and relevance of information obtained/viewed by users“. The value of weblog analyses is emphasized.
31:30 – 32:25 min: PMC statistics (as of January 2010) are discussed.
32:25 – 38:50 min: Changes in written communication are considered. Some very interesting comments are made about use of the Google knol authoring system to produce a new kind of journal, PLoS Currents: Influenza. Plans to produce other journals using this same authoring system are mentioned. These plans include additional PLoS Currents journals, but also journals initiated by other groups.
39:20 – 51 min: Discussion. The initial question is about the process for starting a Google knol journal.