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Developing an Interactive Tool to Assist in Complying with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy

Sunday, May 5
5:10 PM - 5:15 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : On April 7, 2008, the National Institutes of Health instituted the NIH Public Access Policy. In order to apply for and to continue receiving NIH funding, a researcher needs to comply with the Policy. There are many resources that address compliance with the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy but most are text heavy. Our goal was to create a tool that would simplify this complex process. We broke down the myriad tasks involved and represented them in an interactive flow chart. By accomplishing each individual task, the NIH Grantee can achieve compliance with the Policy.


Description : The interactive tool was created in two iterations. The first focused on compliance based on the policy's four available manuscript submission methods. Microsoft Visio was used to develop the simplified PDF process map in which interactive links provided the user with additional information by linking to external documentation. Due to its success, a second, more detailed process map was later developed by the team using the Lucidchart software. It covers the entire submission process and how to track compliance status following submission. Each box on the process map links to a page within the PDF with additional compliance information, and linear navigation is available at the bottom of each page to walk users step-by-step through the process.


Conclusion : Since the National Institutes of Health Health’s Public Access Policy was launched, librarians and informationists have provided support and instruction to those needing to comply with it. Complying with the Policy can be a daunting task that can be time consuming and frustrating. The interactive tool we have developed can help in navigating the complex process required in complying with the Policy. Our talk will outline the software and workflows that the team used to create the interactive process map with the goal of raising awareness for librarians interested in developing similar learning objects to meet their specific training needs.


 

Merle Rosenzweig

Informationist
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Chase Masters

Enabling Technologies Informationist
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Chase's role at the Taubman Health Sciences Library includes managing technology projects and resources, consulting with faculty to effectively incorporate technology into their curriculum, supervising staff, serving on the HS-STEM Steering Group, and identifying and building partnerships with instructional technology units throughout the university community. His expertise is in instructional technology and multimedia. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology degree and a Master of Education degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.

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