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Liberating the literature



TRIP in press

TRIP gets a mention as part of this newly published systematic review:

Comparison of retropubic vs transobturator approach to midurethral slings: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jul;197(1):3-11.

The abstract states:

“We searched PUBMED, OVID, EMBASE, CINAHL, POPLINE, Web of Science, Cochrane Collaboration resources, TRIP, Global Health databases, and abstracts from relevant meetings from 1990 to 2006.”

We’ve noticed more occurrences of this – TRIP being mentioned in publications – we’re very pleased seeing TRIP getting taken so seriously. With our latest batch of improvements due mid/end September, with a vastly improved search algorithm we’re getting very excited!

Update on the way forward

So far the overwhelming support (5 out of 6 responders) has been for option one – using a quality slider.

One respondent (Ben) came up with a wonderful idea that ties in very well with a historical feature of TRIP – colour coding. Around 5-7 years ago, when TRIP introduced results categorisation (‘evidence based’, ‘primary research’ ‘Q&A’ etc) we gave each category a colour. However, over time things got complicated and we decided to drop the colour coding.

Ben suggested we try giving the ‘quality slider’ a visual colour change. I’m guessing this could be multiple colours or different shades of the same colour. In the latter case it could be something like the darker the colour the higher the quality. How this might manifest itself in the results page I’m not sure, some immediate thoughts (so not necessarily well though out):

  • Each result has a coloured box or bar representing the likely quality.
  • The results themselves are written in a particular shade.
  • Each result has the underlined hyperlink given the particular colour.

Something for the design guys to get their heads round – assuming we go with the quality slider!

The new version of TRIP

I think I’ve been saying this for an age now – but the new version is very close to deployment! I’ve got the final development version to test and then a slight design change to be added. If this doesn’t happen by the end of next week I’ll be pretty frustrated!

With any complex web deployments there are unforeseen problems. This time the biggest one was my enthusiasm to alter the specification midway through. Initially, there was no intention of allowing users to add comments to TRIP. However, our experience of the alpha test of Gwagle indicated a need to make that concept less abstract (I’ll say more on that in my next post). As such a comments function was added. So that just throws things a bit and add delays…..

I’m confident that it’ll be worth waiting for!

TRIP is back!

After what seems like an age (certainly over 24 hours) TRIP is back! The official reason from the web-people is:

“The problem was caused by the number of maximum connections to the database being exceeded. We don’t know why as yet, but are investigating as a matter of urgency.”

Not 100% sure what that means, possibly linked to our increased popularity! Talking of which we’re currently upgrading our servers to double the capacity

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