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National Center for Medical Information and Knowledge


    The National Center for Medical Information and Knowledge (NCMIK), in Osong, Chungbuk province, is a part of the Korea National Institute of Health (KNIH), Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
    NCMIK was newly launched in 2014 to act as a national hub of medical science information and knowledge to meet the needs of public access policy for open science.
    Its facility was constructed in the area of 9,918 m2, which includes book cafe, exhibition hall (KCDC museum), computer-assisted training center on the 1st floor, biomedical library, conference room and administrative office on the 2nd floor, multimedia library, seminar room and movie theater on the 3rd floor and multimedia studio and big data analysis room on the 4th floor.
    Since 2014, NCMIK has been collecting, organizing and preserving scholarly biomedical literature and relevant resources and providing free access to scientific information services.
    NCMIK has various services and resources that are open accessible to anyone.
    ※ Operation hour : 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. every weekdays
National Center for Medical Information and Knowledge 
National Center for Medical Information and Knowledge

Mission and goals

  • To promote better health care and public health by enlarging accessibility into science-based information and knowledge.
  • To support and facilitate biomedical researches by strengthening utilization of accumulated resources.

Major activities

National medical library services

    It includes over 50 thousand biomedical literature, journals, multimedia (DVDs, video clips), and resources. Anyone can visit and use check-in and-out services for viewing and utilize the facilities such as personal rooms for research, computer-assisted training room at the library.
    It also provides access to a wide variety of relevant web-accessible online resources including publications, biomedical databases and research tools etc.
    Like PubMed in U.S., Korea Pubmed, Korea biomedical article index database, is available on a web site for biomedical literature at http://library.nih.go.kr
    It provides access to over 180,000 domestic biomedical journal abstracts and in some cases, the full texts of articles indexed in the Korea Pubmed database by international standard format. It continues to be added and updated. Abstracts and full texts can be searched using MeSH terms, author names, title words, text words or phrases, journal names, or any combination of these. In addition it also provides access to international biomedical databases such as PubMed, PubMed Central, Science Direct, Embase, etc.
Book cafe Computer room Exhibition hall
Reading room Personal research room Conference room
Multimedia room Seminar room Media studio
Facilities of National Medical Library

Clinical & Omics Data Archive(CODA)

    The Clinical and Omics Data Archive(CODA) was launched in 2016 as a national biomedical research data repository for advancing science and health by the National Biomedical Research Resource Management Act.
    The main goal of CODA is collecting, organizing and preserving clinical research and human-derived omics data from the national R&D-funded studies. In terms of cost-effectiveness it would be reproductively valuable for secondary researchers to reuse primary data materials made in previous similar studies such as clinical trials data and genomic data. It mainly encompasses whole genome sequence, whole exome sequence, RNA sequence, targeted sequence, DNA microarray etc.
    The collected research data resources are in the public domain and freely available for researchers to promote their health-related studies for the new era of personalised medicine such as precision medicine.
    As of now, CODA has collected epidemiological and gemomic data of 4,602 subjects for various diseases including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, lung cancer, leukemia, intestinal cancer, breast cancer, liver cancer, stomach cancer etc as well as 33,629 subjects of population-based cohort studies. The amount of registered data is continuously on the increase after its launching in 2016.
    More detailed information on available data are posted in the web site at http://coda.nih.go.kr

Publication of International Journal(Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives, Osong PHRP)

    The Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives(Osong PHRP) is international bimonthly journal founded in 2010 by the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(Korea CDC).
    The Osong PHRP encourages to share the medical research outputs and outcomes by publishing the peer-review and open access journal in the fields of the emerging infectious diseases, vaccinlogy, zoonotic diseases, non-communicable diseases, intractable and rare diseases, and human genomics.

    Reseachers who are interested in searching for published/in-press articles or may want to submit manuscripts for publication are encouraged to visit the web site at http://www.kcdc-phrp.org
Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
    The Clinical Research Information Service CRIS, is a nonprofit online registration system for clinical research, and it became the 11th Primary Registry of the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) in May 2010. The main purposes of the CRIS are: (1) to improve transparency, accountability, and ethicality of clinical research to be conducted in Korea; and (2) to establish medical research infrastructure based on scientific evidence.
    The CRIS includes any clinical trial or research which will be prospectively conducted with human participants, aiming to prevent, detect, diagnose or treat diseases. The information registered into the CRIS is open to the public on a real-time basis, domestically and internationally, from the time when the system administrator approves the trial or research.

Clinical Research Information Service