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A Wiki about Doing Research

Dean Giustini just published a fantastic list of educational guides that will help you when you have to do some research and have questions. It’s intended for librarians but I think any kind of medical professionals will find what they are looking for. The material is on HLWiki Canada. A few of the great collections:

Web 2.0 and Medicine News: Cost of Getting Sick

  • Over 102 million people are using the Web to research prescription drug information.
  • The average physician now spends a full work day (eight hours) using the Internet for professional reasons – a substantial jump from only 2.5 hours in 2002.

AcaWiki: Democratization of Academic Knowledge

I’ve reently come across AcaWiki, an interesting project focusing on academic research and web 2.0.

Today, representatives from the new nonprofit project AcaWiki announced the opening of their website to the public. AcaWiki’s semantic-wiki based website allows scholars, students, and bloggers to easily post summaries, and discuss academic papers online. All content posted to the site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.

AcaWiki’s mission is to make academic research more accessible and interactive by creating a “Wikipedia for academic research.” “Cutting-edge research is often locked behind firewalls and therefore lacks impact,” founder Neeru Paharia explains, “AcaWiki turns research hidden in academic journals into something that is more dynamic and accessible to have a greater influence in scholarship, and society.” AcaWiki enables users to easily post and discuss human-readable summaries of academic papers and literature reviews online. AcaWiki also helps users to share and organize summaries through the use of tags and RSS feeds.


Radiopaedia on iPhone

Radiopaedia is the best radiology-related wiki and maybe the most comprehensive and active medical wiki as well. I’ve written about it many times, so it’s a pleasure to announce that the first Radiopaedia Radiology Teaching File is now available for download (free) from the itunes appstore.

50 central nervous system cases containing 170 images, questions and detailed text.



The next volume will be dedicated to the abdomen.

What’s on the Web? (26 July, 2009)

Why are we using wiki technology as a publishing platform? Wikis enable a network of users to edit documents collaboratively and on an ongoing basis. This may be particularly relevant to scoping and systematic reviews, which, depending on their area of focus, can quickly become outdated as new studies are published. A wiki — a potentially revolutionary tool for knowledge transfer — makes it possible to keep reviews as current and relevant as possible. Just as knowledge evolves in medicine, a wiki evolves as new evidence emerges and is incorporated into it.

H1N1 Pandemic Maps and Science

I just came back from Spain where there are more than 480 confirmed H1N1 cases, but no one seemed to be worried about it. I’ve already covered this important issue:

Now here is a collection of online maps focusing on H1N1 cases. And an interesting article on Discover:

Last month I scrambled to write a story about the evolution of swine flu for the New York Times.

All of the scientists were completely open with me. They didn’t wave me off because they had to wait until their results were published in a big journal. In fact, they were open with the whole world, posting all their results in real-time on a wiki. So everyone who wanted to peruse their analysis could see how it developed as more data emerged and as they used different methods to analyze it.

h1n1 wiki

Toxipedia: Collaborative Environmental and Public Health Resource Center

I just came across Toxipedia and found an interesting press release about it:

The collaborative environmental and public health resource center Toxipedia has won the right to manage the National Library of Medicine’s World Library of Toxicology (WLT)!

The WLT is a repository of public health links from over 40 countries. In collaboration with the International Union of Toxicology, and with financial support from the National Library of Medicine, Toxipedia will manage the WLT, strengthen its content, increase the number of participating countries, and expand its focus to highlight issues of environmental and public health significance to these countries.



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