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June 2007

Teething troubles

I thought it was too good to be true – the new upgrade! It has come to our attention that the new upgrade has, somehow, messed up the algorithm. We’re looking into it now and hopefully it’ll get fixed ASAP.

It appears that this only affects the global search i.e. the initial search where all the results are combined. Clicking on a specific category (e.g. systematic reviews) brings the results more ‘into focus’.


How much does the internet weigh?

Apparently around two ounces (60 grams) or significantly lighter if you use an alternative method. Click here for the full article.

The new TRIP

Around 11.30 today the new version of TRIP went live. But what’s so different? Lots of new features most designed to help users locate the information they need quickly; these include:

  • Snippets. These are the 2-3 lines of summary text from the returned document. These have been demonstrated to significantly improve the recall of appropriate search results.
  • Conclusions. Where documents have conclusions we have designed our system to ‘grab them’ and allow them to be displayed within TRIP. This has numerous advantages including a significant reduction in bandwidth, very useful if you don’t have the ‘luxury’ of broadband access.
  • Advanced search. This has been redesigned to allow a significant improvement in usability in this function.
  • Comments. We love the BMJ’s ‘rapid responses’ so why not allow TRIP users to share their views with the wider TRIP community?
  • RSS feeds. This feature allows you to ‘save’ a search as an RSS feed. If new material is added that appears in the top 50 search results for the same search, its outputted via RSS.
  • Memory. We’ve doubled the capacity of our servers memory, this should bring about a rapid increase in speed.
  • Redesign. A mixed blessing this one! Basically, we need to increase our income vai Google ads. As it stands not enough people are clicking on the ads so our income from these is not sufficient to pay for costs and fuel our significant development plans. By making the ads more prominent, the theory is, that more people will click on them….

I’m pretty chuffed, I hope you are too!

In around 12 hours….

…the new version of TRIP will start to be deployed. The whole deployment process will take approximately 2 hours. So by lunchtime (British Summer Time) it should be live.


I was sure I’d blogged this, but I can’t find it – so here goes!

PubMed URLs tend to be really long. The typical URL can be

Using this site allows you to simply add the PMID to the end of the URL e.g.

If you click on the last URL you’ll get taken to an article that features TRIP. In this Belgium paper clinicians searched 4 databases (one of which was TRIP) and the authors found very favourable results. I’ve ordered the full-text and will report more when it arrives.

Two other mentions of TRIP recently:

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