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Some risks with free cloud services

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A ‘more or less” funny experience from a geek.

 

I am a big fan of cloud services. I’ve been migrating more and more of my local services to the cloud. (…)

I also like moving to the cloud because I tend to access my information from a lot of different locations and computers. I work in my main office, my den, my living room, on my tablet, on my laptop, in the studio, in the garage, and so forth. Keeping all my data synchronized on all those machines gets old after a while. (…)

But cloud services have their failings, as well. And I’m not talking about the usual crashes and cyberattacks. 

No, sometimes the service just goes away.

Google users are familiar with the phenomenon. Loyal users of Google Health were disappointed last November when the service was shut down. Del.icio.us users almost lost their minds when it appeared the service was being shuttered by Yahoo, only to have it bought up at the last minute. (…)

And then the author tells how his wife has been disappointed recently loosing a  favorite list management software…

as a conclusion,

Does that mean I’m going to stop using cloud services? Heck no. But I do intend to at least check into the business model of the services I’m using. If it looks like there’s no way it’ll make any money and be a cost drain, I probably will do my best to, at the very least, keep backups, reports, or dumps of any of the data I entrust to the cloud provider.

The silver lining in this tale? Forewarned is forearmed. Now you know you need to be sure you can get your data out before the cloud services dissipate.

Gewirtz, David. The curse of free cloud services: a cautionary tale. ZD Net, May 24, 2012. Available from: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/diy-it/the-curse-of-free-cloud-services-a-cautionary-tale/590?tag=nl.e539 [Accessed 24th of May 2012]

 

 

 

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May 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

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Big Data, Big Science, Big Issue!

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A conclusion of a recent symposium comes to:

Andy Powell concluded the day with a few challenges for the next generation of ‘Big Data Scientists‘. No t all data which is big is Big Data; in other words, a large, fast or varying amount of data does not necessarily present a Big Data problem. Secondly, there seems to be confusion about whether dealing with Big Data involves curation, management or analysis – whilst purists would emphasise the latter element, many speakers called for best practice in the first two categories.”

Gaffney, Devin. Big Data, big deal!, Information Today Europe, 11th of May 2012. Available from: http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Big-data-big-deal-82582.aspx [Accessed 23 May 2012]

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May 23, 2012 at 9:12 pm

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Curation contributes to Information overload (FUMSI)

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A nice piece at FUMSI:

Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Linkedin, Blogger, WordPress, Google+, Pinterest – the number of sites available for individuals to create content seems infinite. And whilst adding an album to Facebook, checking in to Foursquare and posting an update on Twitter is fun, we’re all effectively contributing to digital information overload. (…)

Information overload is usually defined as a situation where an individual can have difficulties understanding an issue and making decisions, which can be caused by the presence of too much information. (…)

Some issues are identified:

  • Overload decreases efficiency as individuals and organisations waste time managing it
  • Information is duplicated easier because of sharing tools
  • Multitasking work environments kill productivity

(…)

The problem of information overload isn’t new, but it’s only in the digital age that more people have come to understand its impact.”

Read the full article at:

Mullan, James. Social media, information overload and careful curation. FUMSI, 4th of May 2012. Available from: http://web.fumsi.com/go/article/find/68725 [Accessed 9th of May 2012]

 

 

 

 

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May 9, 2012 at 5:23 pm

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iPads and Health 2.0: a revolution?

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A good summuary by Medical News Today:

Apple’s iPad is increasingly finding use in health and medicine, with applications ranging from giving individuals instant access to a wealth of reference, educational and personal health information, to helping hospitals streamline their operations, reduce labor costs, improve efficiency, and helping health professionals with analysis and diagnosis.

However, recent reports suggest the touch tablet devices could be doing more than was originally intended, driven by a pressure for change that is is coming from users, as health care providers seize the new tool with renewed passion, and demand more from the technologists.

Some business cases:

  • iPads in Hospitals: Some hospitals have installed kiosks where patients, visitors and medical staff use the securely mounted touchscreen tablet to look up information
  • iPads in Medical Education: Another environment that seems to have taken the iPad to its bosom is medical education. At first it was just a tool that students brought with them of their own initiative: but more and more medical schools are now switching to iPad as the main platform for delivering the curriculum.
  • iPad’s Top Medical Apps: an impressive app is Medscape Mobile, a huge free resource from WebMD and available on several platforms, including iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry. It is the leading medical resource most used by healthcare professionals. “The amount of free content provided by Medscape is absolutely mind boggling and seems to continuously grow with each update. 7,000+ drug references, 3,500+ disease clinical references, 2,500+ clinical images and procedure videos, robust drug interaction tool checker, CME activities, and more.”
  • iPads in Medical Imaging: Medical imaging is a field where one can see how the iPad may one day, and perhaps that day is sooner rather than later, go beyond helping teachers, students patients and doctors communicate more clearly, to being a diagnostic tool.
  • The new iPad
  • What next?

 

Paddock, Catharine. iPads in Health and medicine: more than an information Revolution? Medical News Today, 14th of March 2012, Available from:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/242843.php [Accessed 21st of March 2012]

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March 21, 2012 at 6:29 pm

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When we use social media tools we add value to the technology (Prof. Hazel Hall)

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Human behaviours endure beyond technology. (…)

People want to belong to a community, share questions and ideas and engage with each other and how they use tools to enable this is an infinitely interesting area of research.

Read more about the research being undertaken by Edinburgh Napier University’s Centre for Soial Informatics here.  You can read more about Hazel Hall here and access the slides from her publications pagehere.

http://www.infotoday.eu/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Whats-so-social-about-informatics-81376.aspx

 

 

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March 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm

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Semantic solution for ASM journals

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After Elsevier, Thomson, Springer, Karger, etc.,  TEMIS has signed a licence to improve the search experience in the American Sociaty of Microbiology’s journals platform.

To serve its 40,000 members better, ASM is completely revamping its online content offering, and aggregating at a new site all of its authoritative content, including ASM’s journal titles dating back to 1916, a rapidly expanding image library, 240 book titles, its news magazine Microbe, and eventually abstracts of meetings and educational publications.  

 The organization’s main goal is to enhance access, search, navigation and knowledge discovery at a deeper level of detail–articles, chapters, collections by topic, podcasts and webinars. ASM has identified TEMIS as the best content enrichment solution provider for the scientific publishing community and licensed its platform Luxid® for Content Enrichment and its Biological Entity Relationships Skill Cartridge”.

Press release: http://www.temis.com/index.php?id=99&selt=14&lg=en

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January 10, 2012 at 7:05 pm

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SpringerLink goes mobile…

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At last, Springer has joined the group of Big STM publishers who have already plunged in the mobility.

“Springer has launched the SpringerLink mobile app for iPhone and iPod Touch. It is free to download from the iTunes App Store providing access to the science platform http://www.springerlink.com. The SpringerLink mobile app includes a number of features like personalized notifications, save and share abilities, advanced search, document details with abstracts and full-text views available to institutional subscribers. In addition, the app provides users with a multi-functional home screen, allowing for keyword and advanced searches. Included in the advanced search is a save search feature that allows the user to save any advanced search so that it may be quickly executed from the home screen. The user can be notified from the app’s home screen when any new chapters or articles are published that meet the criteria of his or her saved search, allowing a user to specify his or her areas of interest and quickly check for new, relevant publications“.
Press release: http://www.springer.com/about+springer/media/pressreleases?SGWID=0-11002-6-1325121-0

At the time writing, almost all of STM publishers offer smartphone and tablet applications to access their content. NLM’s PubMed was the first early adopter in January 2010, followed by Nature in February 2010, and Elsevier’s Sciverse Scopus in May 2010. In 2011, many others have joined the ride, such as Wiley, SciFinder, etc.

Nature was on the first to offer apps to read the famous journal on an iPad. Elsevier has massively invested in applications development, mainly by the way of developers contests. Then, the Sciverse platform proposes an app market (the Application Gallery) to customize the interface.

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January 4, 2012 at 8:16 pm

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4 technologies that will transform eHealth in 2012 (by Microsoft)

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Bill Crounse, the Microsoft’s worldwide health senior director, gives his predictions for leading technologies that will impact the eHealth in 2012.

Among the leading trends for such transformation is the so-called “consumerization of IT”.  Powerful consumer technologies like social networking, smartphones, tablets, cloud computing, digital media, and gaming are opening new platforms and channels for delivering innovative health solutions.  Let me therefore offer 4 solution areas that I believe will deliver real impact for better health in 2012 and beyond.

  1. Tele-Health Services
    Regulatory and reimbursement reforms will stimulate the market to deliver more cost-effective modalities for both preventive services and care.  That will increasingly include the delivery of health information and medical services directly into the home whenever possible.  So much of what healthcare providers do is focused on the analysis of signs, symptoms and results, dissemination of information, and prescriptions for treatment .  Much of this can, and increasingly will be done, “virtually”.
  2. Remote Monitoring and Mobile Health
    Remote monitoring with advanced sensor technologies coupled with mobile devices and services as outlined above, will make it possible to care for more patients in less acute settings, including the home, and to do so at scale with fewer staff.  I am particularly impressed by companies that are working with regulators (such as the FDA) to develop approved medical devices and secure gateways that facilitate clinical information exchanges.
  3. The Kinect Effect and Health Gaming
    Never have I seen such excitement from partners and customers about the possibilities for this technology to transform the way we get health information, collaborate with experts,  and receive certain kinds of services.  One day we may even participate in virtual classes and group counseling using this technology.  It’s not only quite practical, but once again a way to scale services while lowering costs, not to mention increasing convenience for everyone.
  4. Big Data, Cloud and Analytics
    Some people might say our problem isn’t a paucity of information it is too much information.  What we lack are the tools to put all that information to good use.  Cloud computing and connected devices give us the means to access the information we need, whenever and wherever we need it.  Smart devices and powerful software give us tools to make sense of it.  Throw in a modicum of artificial intelligence and machine learning and you have a recipe that finally releases us from the jaws of too much data into a world of understanding and wisdom.

 

Crounse, Bill. 4 leading trends and technologies that will transform health and healthcare in 2012 and beyond. HealthBlog, Posted on 15th of December 2011.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/healthblog/archive/2011/12/15/4-leading-trends-and-technologies-that-will-transform-health-and-healthcare-in-2012-and-beyond.aspx

 

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December 15, 2011 at 9:55 pm

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The best sources for med apps

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An independent review of sources to retrieve medial applications.

iMedicalApps <http://www.imedicalapps.com> is an excellent source for reviews of medical apps by medical professionals. The site can be filtered by platform (Android, Blackberry, iPad, iPhone), medical specialty, or app “type” (calculators, drug reference, textbooks, etc.). Postings include reviews of individual apps, comparisons of similar apps, and “top 10” type lists by topic, as well as news stories about the mobile industry in medicine. Reviews are written by a team of physicians and medical students. The reviews generally include screenshots and describe the app in context with others in that category. Strengths and weaknesses are highlighted, and individual user pricing is provided. A really simply syndication (RSS) feed is available. The reviews and categories are aimed at medical professionals looking for apps to use on their own devices.

PCWorld writers review apps for Apple and Android on PCWorld’s AppGuide <http://www.pcworld.com/appguide/>, alongside user-contributed reviews. It is easy to spot the PCWorld-written reviews versus user-contributed reviews. A few of the health app reviews were written by invited health professionals, but most are not. Reviews focus on functionality, interface, and ease of use rather than quality of evidence.

The Gizmodo blog <http://gizmodo.com/apps/> focuses on productivity and utility apps. Detailed reviews of medical apps are not present.
Other sources:
Apps: finding the best. Reviewed by Jennifer Reiswig, MLS. J Med Libr Assoc. 2011 October; 99(4): 326–327.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3193360/

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November 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm

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App: Science articles tracked in social media

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Altmetric tracks tens of thousands of article mentions a month across Twitter, the scientific blogosphere and publishers including The Guardian, the NYT and New Scientist. It assigns scientific papers a score derived from this data. Around 10 – 15% of all new papers added to PubMed each month are covered (Altmetric covers articles not found in PubMed too).

Searching in the SciVerse Hub or on ScienceDirect while the app is active will rank articles by their Almetric score. Relevant information is also shown under the results themselves.

Tap through to see the actual tweets, snippets of blog posts, Mendeley & CiteULike reader counts and links to news sites

Video on Youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zhtuBsQCLMw

 

Mentioned also by:
http://blog.ouseful.info/2011/11/03/who-do-scientists-trust/

 

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November 4, 2011 at 9:41 pm

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