[Open-access] Jim Gray eScience Award goes to NCBI director David Lipman

Subbiah Arunachalam subbiah.arunachalam at gmail.com
Mon Nov 4 10:03:54 UTC 2013

 Dear Life Scientists and Information Scientists:

Here is an award that has gone to the right person! Please spread the word.


>From OATP Primary curated by Prof. Peter Suber
Jim Gray would be proud
 Microsoft Research Connections
 1 Nov 2013 12:30 PM

 The timing couldn’t have been better. I had come to Bethesda, Maryland, to
present Dr. David Lipman<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/research/staff/lipman/>,
M.D., director of the National Center for Biotechnology
Information<http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/About/>(NCBI), with the
seventh annual Jim
Gray eScience Award<http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/focus/escience/jim-gray-award.aspx>.
David was selected for his contribution to the development of NCBI, one of
the world’s premier repositories of biomedical and molecular biology data.
Every day, more than 3 million users access NCBI’s more than 40 databases.
NCBI is part of the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes
of Health.

[image: David Lipman wins 2013 Jim Gray eScience Award]

My visit opportunely coincided with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the
NCBI, an occasion I got to celebrate with David, who has served as NCBI’s
director since its inception, and with his colleagues and fellow
scientists. Imagine, 25 years of making biomedical information readily
available to the public and the research community.

The gathering was brief, just 90 minutes, yet we had time to remember Jim
Gray’s legacy. Several years before his disappearance at sea in 2007, Jim
had visited NCBI and became excited by its mission, its people, and the
activities in which it was engaged. He collaborated with the NCBI team in
creating a “portable” version of PubMed Central, the archive for full-text
versions of NIH-funded research papers. The success of this initiative is
now embodied in Europe PubMed Central archive, for example. That Jim
believed that NCBI represented the next generational approach to making
scientific publications and scientific data accessible to future
researchers is demonstrated by his specific mention of it in his oft-quoted
last public talk. Together, David and I looked back at what NCBI had
accomplished and remembered Jim Gray’s influence. I was honored to share
comments about Jim’s Fourth Paradigm of data-intensive scientific discovery
and to recognize David’s contributions publicly by presenting him with the
year’s Jim Gray eScience Award.

[image: Tony Hey presents David Lipman with 2013 Jim Gray eScience Award]

David Lipman’s career exemplifies the kind of research leadership that Jim
Gray believed in. The Jim Gray eScience Award is, more than anything,
recognition of such leadership. In Jim's memory, we select recipients whom
he would have identified as those whose work and support of others have
made a difference. As one scientist put it, “Jim Gray preferred doers.”
David was selected for his contribution to the development of what must be
the most comprehensive set of open access resources in the biosciences. Jim
Gray would be proud!

*—Tony Hey <http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/people/tonyhey/>, Vice
President, Microsoft Research*

*Learn more*

   - Jim Gray eScience
   - National Center for Biotechnology
   - The Fourth Paradigm Expands on Jim Gray's
   - The Fourth Paradigm: Data-Intensive Scientific
   - eScience at Microsoft Research
   - eScience Group<http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/groups/escience/default.aspx>


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