Thursday, August 28, 2008
It would appear I'm not alone. In the web 2.0 world that relates to health professionals there appears to be no clear 'big winners'. Sure, there are lots of examples of 'web activities', for instance:
- Blogs e.g. clinical cases and images, BMJ editors and even this blog!
- Social networks e.g. sermo
- Wikis e.g. ganfyd, AskDrWiki
- Social bookmarking e.g. connotea
It would appear that I'm not alone in my scepticism and this has just been addressed in the Health Care Blog, with the post 'Balloon Mania: Happy Birthday Health 2.0'. I'm not won over by the anecdote used but it does remind me that it's very early days...
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
- Liverpool FC
- Half Man Half Biscuit
- Olympic Games
Hopefully, if this works, various embedded link-outs will appears.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
In a nutshell TRIPanswers is a repository of clinical Q&As.
We hope our efforts will see a long-term dream of mine realised - a space on the internet where clinicians/information specialists can freely share their Q&As with others. With that aim in mind we will launch with 8 Q&A services around the globe, all willing to share their Q&As.
At the foot of this post is a screenshot of the homepage (click on image to make it full size) and I'll highlight a number of the key features:
- A list of most recently added Q&As.
- To the left of each Q&A is a multicoloured cube with the letters s, a & c underneath. This represents the quality score that each Q&A receives: s = search, a = appraisal and c = confidence.
- Tag cloud. Each question is tagged and these aggregate to form a tag cloud. This can work independently, to allow browsing of the repository. However, it can also work with the search, to easily narrow down to the users area of interest.
- Tag Cloud of Clinical Uncertainty. A personal favourite, this is a sub-section of the site, specifically for questions where the evidence is poor. This links in from my work with DUETs but is different in two main ways. Firstly, it does not restrict entries to therapies. Secondly, the entry point (uncertainty) is more pragmatic. But the aim is pretty much the same - highlight areas where the research evidence is poor.
Another key aim of the site is to encourage interaction and user participation. We have made it easy for users to leave comments on each Q&A and we believe this can only improve the quality of each Q&A.
In summary, I would say that TRIPanswers is a repository of Q&As which aims to interact with users to boost and improve the content still further.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
It also makes the amusing point that poor indexing can be helpful as it widens the chances of discovering new research!