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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Google health? - or medicine?

An interesting idea is reported in Health-IT World (see tmlr.net/jump/?c=17378&a=296&m=3463&p=924513&t=164) It reports the suggestion that 'Google should consider creating a medical portal. Call it Google Medicine; design an interface with medical filters and better algorithms; lead to the best evidence (just don't forget to consult with librarians about where the evidence is located). This kind of all-purpose tool is badly needed in medicine, particularly for developing countries.'

The idea is originally put forward in a BMJ editorial (bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/331/7531/1487) over the Christmas period and draws comparisons with the successes (and problems) of Google Scholar.

An interesting idea that merits at least some discussion.

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1 Comments:

  • This has been discussed at great length on LIS-MEDICAL the medical librarians mailing list since Nov 2004.
    Start at http://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=ind04&L=LIS-MEDICAL&D=0&I=-3&P=239264 & follow next in thread.

    Google Scholar does offer an interesting service (& a clean interface) however the deals they have struck with publishers for access to abstracts which would normallyrequire a subscription, does bias the selection & ranking of articles.
    The role of the librarian has been evolving for a long time & now includes advice & guidance on using a range of electronic sources, and creating them.

    By Blogger Rod, at 9:20 PM  

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