Sunday, December 31, 2006
I've mocked up what a 'TRIP meets Digg' might look like.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
- 448 views. Growth reference charts for the UK. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
- 257 views. Guidelines for the administration of blood components. Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion.
- 251 views. Buprenorphine transdermal patches (Norspan) for chronic severe pain. National Prescribing Service.
- 242 views. Nutrition support in adults. NICE.
- 233 views. Asthma. PRODIGY.
- 228 views. Management of patients with dementia. SIGN.
- 222 views. Guidelines for Blood Grouping & Antibody Screening in the Antenatal & Perinatal Setting. Australian & New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion.
- 216 views. Guidelines for the management of enteral tube feeding in adults. CREST.
- 205 views. Failure to thrive. Ganfyd.
- 201 views. Lower back pain. PRODIGY.
Saturday, December 23, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Thank you to everyone who has supported us in 2006. I started 2006 hoping to have TRIP free-access by the end of the year. In the end this important event happened in September, earlier than I had hoped. The move to free-access will be my defining memory for 2006. For 2007, it's got to be.....
jon and the rest of the TRIP team.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
"You" have been named as Time magazine's Person of the Year for the growth and influence of user-generated content on the internet.
"It's about the many wresting power from the few and helping one another for nothing and how that will not only change the world, but also change the way the world changes," Time magazine's Lev Grossman writes.
Friday, December 15, 2006
If you would like to order some, let us know via the Contact Us section of TRIP (with your mailing address). We are envisaging sending 50 leaflets per 'order' but if you want more or less, just let us know. For those who have recently requested leaflets we'll send them out ASAP.
The NEJM beta site has some innovative features including a search widget for the Yahoo toolbar (but not the industry 'standard' Google) and a rather nice new search feature. As TRIP has done for years it returns results using a hierarchical display. Their hierarchy is different including 'most recent articles', 'most viewed articles' and 'reviews'.
The BMJ has a redevelopment blog. I've always liked the BMJ website, except when they removed free-access. It appears they are embracing web 2.0 - except for a really crucial part - today, it is about the advertiser paying, not the end user. Will this mixed approach work? I'm sure it will the new site will be a big 'hit'. But making it free-access (albeit via a login) would allow greater access, and quite possibly even more financially viable....
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Not sure how meaningful the graph is. But as with the search statistics it's heading in the right direction.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Via My-TRIP users can record kewords of interest. When new material is added to TRIP a match is undertaken and any matches are e-mailed to the user. Reviewing the functionality shows that some work is needed to improve My-TRIP (when we get the money!). However, the core functionality is there.
Onwards and upwards!
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
BMJ Updates tries to overcome this problem and does a great job. As the blurb on the site says:
"all citations (from over 110 premier clinical journals) are pre-rated for quality by research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing physicians."
In a nutshell they have a least 3 people review every article in the 110 journals to decide whether or not they are clinically relevent or newsworthy - as well as being methodologically sound. They root out around 90% of all articles - so only the top 10% of articles are considered appropriate for inclusion BMJ Updates.
As mentioned above I really rate BMJ Updates, it's superb. But surely the issue is that 90% of the initial articles going into these journals are not really clinically worthy/useful. In addition, or instead of, why aren't all articles pre-critically appraised before inclusion; why aren't they assessed for clinical worth?
I suppose the obvious answer is that if 90% of articles are removed - as they're junk - from a monthly publication, you go from 12 issues a year to 1.2 issues. Therefore, making it uneconomically viable. Who controls the journals and, to a large extent, are agenda setters - journal editors. So, to make a significant change from the journals, we're asking turkeys to vote for Christmas.
I suppose academia is also 'guility'. All those RAE points that are needed can only help contribute to quantity not quality.
Why not have journals that only publish documents that meet certain quality criteria, come pre-critically appraised and are clinically useful? I have a feeling I'm exposing my niavity!
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Thursday, December 07, 2006
It doesn't work with many sites, but it does on Amazon.com. When you load a page with an ISBN number Book Burro recognises this and automatically compares prices over a variety of book stores. In additon, it has agreements with some libraries to show stock.
As you will see on the screenshot, Amazon is by no means the cheapest and also that the book is available in Earlham and Manchester Colleges. Not that that does me much good as I'm based in Cardiff - still it's the principle that's important.
Monday, December 04, 2006
- Growth reference charts for the UK (RCPCH) - viewed 188 times
- Contact dermatitis (PRODIGY) - 164
- Acute sore throat (PRODIGY) - 140
- Guidelines for the management of enteral tube feeding in adults (CREST) - 89
- Guidelines for the administration of blood components (ANZSBT) - 87
- Urine Dipstick for Diagnosing Urinary Tract Infection (FPIN) - 82
- Guidelines for Blood Grouping & Antibody Screening in the Antenatal & Perinatal Setting (ANZSBT) - 81
- Nutrition support in adults (NICE) - 80
- Lower back pain (PRODIGY) - 79
- Buprenorphine transdermal patches (Norspan) for chronic severe pain (NPS) - 78
The highest placed Q&A was, in 50th place, Treatment of Tinea unguis, viewed 44 times.
Friday, December 01, 2006
- 25,000 searches per month (while we were a subscription service)
- 132,538 - September 2006
- 191,581 - October 2006
- 274,106 - November 2006
Since going free in September we’ve had monthly increases, in use, of approximately 45%. That’s strong growth, but when will it plateau?
Given the 'strength' of TRIP I'm looking forward to the next batch of upgrades. Not likely to happen till Spring 2007 (too busy on Gwagle). But if you have any suggestions on how to improve TRIP I would love to hear from you!