NLM Web site puts the surgeon general online

Users can find information on smoking, mental health, suicide, sexual abuse and other health issues on a new Web site created by the National Library of Medicine.

The library launched in February. It hosts about 50 surgeon general reports dating back to 1964, along with conference and workshop reports, said Alexa McCray, director of the library's Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.

A library team collaborated with the History of Medicine Division on the site's development.

Digitized reports

The team digitized reports using IS 430 and IS 420 scanners from Ricoh Corp. of West Caldwell, N.J., for black-and-white reports and Powerlook 2100 XL scanners from Umax Technologies Inc. of Dallas for color documents, computer specialist Marie Gallagher said.

Employees then keyed in information such as title, author, publisher and category.

Portable Document Format and TIFF files were created from the scanned reports using Adobe Capture, Gallagher said. The files were then stored in a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 database on a NetApp F740 File Server from Network Appliance Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.

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