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Office of Scientific Information Management (OSIM)

The mission of the Office of Scientific Information Management (OSIM) is to accelerate scientific discovery, foster collaborative research, and ultimately improve public health through the application of scientific data and knowledge management in the environmental health sciences. Whether through the library, informationist, or data coordination programs, we provide guidance and assistance in acquisition, development, and/or deployment of scientific data and knowledge management solutions at the Institute.

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Library and Information Services

  • Save time by using our expertise to search databases and acquire needed resources.
  • Assist with literature searches, citation and impact factor information, and reference questions.
  • Group and one-on-one training on databases and other e-resources.
  • Provide needed documents such as articles, book chapters, and books to borrow or purchase.
  • For more information please see the library webpage.

Informationist Program

  • Informationists combine information science and biomedical subject knowledge.
  • An Informationist is embedded within a team to provide tailored information services.
  • Services include tracking new developments within a field of interest; identifying, evaluating and training on new resources; conducting extensive literature searches; consulting on projects.
  • OSIM will train research, policy, and program staff interested in becoming Informationists.

Data Coordination

  • By enhancing data use and re-use, increase opportunities for scientific collaboration.
  • Facilitate research data sharing, exchange, and discoverability.
  • Enhance researcher's ability to collect, share, and manipulate data.
  • Develop and support policies, standards, and infrastructure for data integration and harmonization.
  • Represent NIEHS in trans-NIH and interagency data science and knowledge management activities.
Allen Dearry, Ph.D.
Allen Dearry, Ph.D.
Director – Office of Scientific Information Management
Tel (919) 541-3068
Fax (919) 541-1994
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop B2-06
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

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Dr. Allen Dearry has been at NIH since 1990. As Director of the Office of Scientific Information Management at NIEHS, he provides senior leadership in the effort to define, plan, and evaluate scientific data and knowledge management approaches in environmental health.  Before coming to NIH, Dr. Dearry received a Ph.D. in Anatomy from the University of Pennsylvania; was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley; and an Assistant Professor of Cell Biology and Ophthalmology at Duke University Medical Center, where he cloned the gene for the human D1 dopaminergic receptor.   He has two US patents for this and subsequent investigations.

Office of Scientific Information Management Staff

Erin Knight
Erin N. Knight, M.S.L.S.
Contractor – Library Manager

Tel (919) 541-1495
Stephanie Holmgren, MLIS, MBA
Stephanie D. Holmgren, M.S.L.S., M.B.A.

Tel (919) 541-2599
Rebecca Boyles, MSPH
Rebecca R. Boyles, M.S.P.H.
Data Scientist

Tel (919) 541-7853

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