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All about APIs: From Access to Practical Uses to Be Held May 23

Have you ever wondered how to extract the bibliographic data contained within key resources (PubMed, Web of Knowledge, Scopus) for internal projects? Scholarly publishers and databases offer APIs (application programming interfaces) to allow users the ability to systematically access data to serve a variety of research purposes. With an API, you might create programmatic searches of a citation database or extract statistical data via a dynamic query. Join us May 23 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to learn about accessing and using APIs from a number of perspectives: content providers, NIH Library informationists, and members of the NIH community.


  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:10 a.m. 
    Welcome and opening remarks
    James King, NIH Library
  • 9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 
    API access to scholarly resources
    Eric Livingston, Elsevier
    Ann Beynon, Thomson Reuters
  • 9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. 
    APIs at NLM
    Eric Sayers, National Library of Medicine
  • 10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
    Overview of R to access PubMed data
    Lisa Federer, NIH Library
  • 10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. 
    Use of API data for analysis
    Chris Belter, NIH Library
  • 11:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Use of API data with NIH internal tools (QVR, iRePORT, SPIRES)
    Brian Haugen, NIH/OES
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Panel Q&A

This NIH Library event is free and open to anyone interested, though first preference will be given to NIH employees and contractors. The meeting will be held in person at the NIH Library and virtually via WebEx.

Registration for this class is no longer available.

If you have questions about this webinar, please email Bridget Burns (bridget.burns@nih.gov).

Sign language interpreters and other reasonable accommodations can be provided. If you require such accommodations, please contact the NIH Library Information Desk at 301.496.1080 five business days in advance. For TDD users/callers, please call the above number through the Federal Relay Service at 1.800.877.8339.

The NIH Library in Building 10 serves the information needs of NIH staff and select Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies. The NIH Library is part of the Office of Research Services (ORS) in the Office of the Director (OD).