Archive for April 2011
Born as the first “open” biomedical database, PubMed is by far the leader platform to search into Medline.
Despite a very poor evolution since 1996, the NLM’s web site is still the preferred source of millions of physicians, medicine students and academics.
But this huge success (3.5 million searches per day!), is it a “triumph or a disaster”?
Information professionals feel desperate of one day seeing some pieces of semantic search to be introduced into PubMed.
The presentation below covers strengths and flaws of PubMed and presents a selection of the best alternatives available on the market, GoPubMed, PubGet and BibliMed, to name a few.
A manifesto, by a student of the activist coalition RightToResearch.
“These days there is continuous discussion on ways to improve the efficiency, quality, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare.
I would argue that one of the most neglected and important ways to improve our healthcare delivery and innovation is by opening access to research. “Open Access” is the free, immediate, unrestricted availability of high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship over the Internet … (…)
- Education: The gap in access to up to date information diminishes our ability as students to educate ourselves. Furthermore, this gap in access is likely to grow. In the current era of budget cuts at public universities and hospitals, expensive journal subscriptions make an attractive target of cost savings. So where does this leave student education? With an even larger gap in access, the majority of students will be unable to fully access information crucial to our education
- Patient care: This gap in information access is even larger in private practice where doctors often only subscribe to a handful of journals due to cost restrictions
- Innovation: Research thrives on the sharing of ideas, and research careers are made by publishing widely read articles that inspire other people’s research or change the way we practice healthcare. For the author, the goal of publishing an article is to move patient care or medical innovation forward, not to have a list of unread articles serving as bullet points on a resume. Increasing open access to research allows for a free exchange of ideas serving both the goals of the researcher and the benefit of students and patients
- Patient’s right: None of these (alternative) sources (wikipedia, wesites, etc.) provide reliable information to patients. In fact, I would argue these resources only increase the duress of patients and families by providing views that often contradict the information provided by the doctor without providing an evidence base
- Global Health Equity: Open access to research would be another step towards reducing steep health disparities in developing countries
- Public investment: The vast majority of medical research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, a federal organization funded by you, the taxpayer. Why do we invest our public dollars in research? To improve patient care and medical innovation, of course – an outcome that only happens when students, physicians, researchers, and patients have open access to research
Anderson, Tim. 6 reasons Open Access matters to the Medical community. The Right To Research Coalition blog. Online, posted on: April 2011.
According this study, SharePoint is especially good at:
- Social network
There is a growing market for integrated web-based platforms to support team collaboration and knowledge management within enterprises. This survey examines Enterprise 2.0 tools in detail and derives a unifying multi-dimensional classification and evaluation framework, the so called Services Catalog. For each dimension several objective criteria to characertize the functional capabilities of a given tool are identified. The identified services focus on the “out-of-the-box” functionality visible to the end-user.
Based on this schema a detailed description of commercial and open source tools is provided.
Results of the survey are available in this article:
Buchner, Thomas, Matthes, Florian & Neubert, Christian. Functional analysis of Enterprise 2.0 tools: a services catalog. Communications in Computer and Information Science, 2011, Volume 128, Part 4, 351-363
OR at this website
- The book is dead.” Wrong: More books are produced in print each year than in the previous year. One million new titles will appear worldwide in 2011 (…) And the book business is booming in developing countries like China and Brazil. However it is measured, the population of books is increasing, not decreasing, and certainly not dying
- “We have entered the information age.” No one would deny that the modes of communication are changing rapidly, perhaps as rapidly as in Gutenberg’s day, but it is misleading to construe that change as unprecedented
- “All information is now available online.” The absurdity of this claim is obvious to anyone who has ever done research in archives. Only a tiny fraction of archival material has ever been read, much less digitized. Google books has digitized only 12% of the existing books.
- Libraries are obsolete. Everywhere in the country (the US) librarians report that they have never had so many patrons. (…) Libraries never were warehouses of books. While continuing to provide books in the future, they will function as nerve centers for communicating digitized information at the neighborhood level as well as on college campuses.
- The future is digital. True enough, but misleading. In 10, 20, or 50 years, the information environment will be overwhelmingly digital, but the prevalence of electronic communication does not mean that printed material will cease to be important. (…) new modes of communication do not displace old ones, at least not in the short run
Darton, Robert. 5 myths about the “information age”. the Chronicle review. April 17, 2011. Online at:
[in collaboration with Information Today Europe]
Everyone knows how boring it is to create the bibliography for a research paper. Fortunately, citation generators such as EndNote and Mendeley exist to do the dirty work for us!
EasyBib is a free web-based bibliography formatting tool. You can use it to compose, format, alphabetise and print out your citation list. You simply enter your sources onto a basic form, and click ‘Cite this’. EasyBib will format your references according to the most updated standards (MLA, APA, etc.) and will export the list to MS Word or GoogleDoc, within a few seconds!
Elsevier announced the launch of Methods Navigator .
This online research tool enables life scientists to search, access and apply the right method for their research, saving time and producing high-quality results.
Methods Navigator brings together in a single integrated resource a range of trusted information, among which Methods in Enzymology, Methods in Cell Biology, Methods Navigator Protocol ‘Cookbook’, five methods journals and eleven of the leading life sciences journals including Cell and FEBS.
With access to an extensive library of over 40,000 articles, Methods Navigator offers more methods than any other source available today with the additional feature of 120 of the most commonly used protocols, hand selected by Elsevier editors.
After a pre-launch announcement (see my previous post dated on 28th of March), CAS announced officially the launch of SciFinder mobile.
“With no need to download a special app, the new SciFinder mobile platform allows researchers to use web-enabled smartphones to access CAS databases through SciFinder, the preferred research tool for chemical and related sciences. (…)
CAS pioneered mobile access to substance information in 2005, with the first ever transmission of chemical structures to the BlackBerry. Now, for the first time ever, SciFinder subscribers can review Keep Me Posted results and Saved answer sets on-the-go with SciFinder Mobile.