My much loved bloglines account has got to go. After 6 plus years of faithful service (an eternity in web terms) Ask have seen fit to kill it off.
Apparently no one reads RSS anymore (stats for Google Reader use suggest something different) – all part of the death of the blog meme (see also, Death of the blog comment and so on). All the cool kids are on twitter. So why am I so annoyed? Bloglines didn’t ever develop much (I tried the major revision they released and soon retreated to the basic old version) but it did a pretty good job of the task in hand. Reading was quick and I saved the things I either couldn’t follow up immediately or wanted to hang on to. I never noticed the problems others alleged with outages and the Bloglines Plumber.
So what? Just move to Google Reader like most people have already. Problem is I already have a Google Reader account used for a Current Awareness Service. I can have two Google Accounts logged in at once but it gets all tangled on itself quite frequently. Thus far I don’t particularly like Google Reader as a user experience either.
Oh and of course I work mostly in IE6 land. So everytime I go into Google Reader it suggests I need to upgrade my software. And Google are definitely starting to get more aggressive not even allowing IE6 folk to use some of their products (hurrah no Google Instant for me!) so I may be out on my ear in the not too distant future.
Others have said it but once more with feeling – thanks Ask – thanks a lot.
PubMed has a new clinical queries page, apparently. To be honest I used the old one so infrequently that it could have changed six months ago and I never would have noticed. I tend to use PubMed for quick and not so dirty searches of the literature but if I’m doing a “real search” I use Ovid because of its slight value-add functionality plus it has our company’s access to Embase. Perhaps because of this access to Ovid I’ve never really paid all that much attention to the development of PubMed which, particularly over the last six months or so, seems to be whizzing ahead.
Anyway, the clinical queries page is quite fun. You put in your term and get results for “clinical study categories”, “systematic reviews” (not really so much “systematic reviews”, more “aggregate research” or “tertiary research” or similar), and “medical genetics”; you can then click “see all” for, well, seeing all, and there are drop down menus for whether you want therapy or etiology etc, and broad or narrow filters. It’s easiest just to play with it. I like the fact that at the bottom of each list if you click the word “filter” it will show you the actual search string being used to filter your results (for therapy or etiology, broad or narrow etc) and the sensitivity/specificity scores of said filters (precision would be helpful too) along with the reference to the original paper in which the filters were based. All nice and transparent, and helpful if you wish to translate e.g. the prognosis filter to use in another database.
Of course though many of us want to add our own favourite filters. I always had a rough idea you could do this but had never bothered to really look into it, but it’s an absolute breeze. Fortunately I don’t have to describe how to add your own filters as Laika has already done such a good job of it (with screenshots and everything), and you can now add up to 15 of your own favourite search strings. Not sure what to add? Your friends at CRD/InterTASC will help you out. Once you get started you’ll be having such a whale of a time that you’ll be looking for excuses to do quick and, as mentioned before, not so very dirty searches in PubMed for all and sundry – dragging people in from the corridor – that sort of stuff. I’m sure you’ve been doing this for years, but it’s all new to me.
I’m really beginning to like PubMed. A big thank you to the US taxpayer.
Two tHI bloggers are going to be speaking about the group blog experience at HLG Conference 2010. Our paper is “The Health Informaticist: collaborative blogging for health, fun and, erm, profit” (PDF). As part of this paper we plan to talk about what makes a group blog different and highlight some good examples / practice.
Reflecting the fact that professional learning extends beyond the Health Informatics domain we are interested in all great group blogs.
A few group blogs that we read include:
inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe really shows what a group blog can do with collaborative posts and interesting varied view points. The latest post is a highly pertinent one to current debates (ahem cilipfuture ahem) on the real work of librarianship
TechCrunch and TechCrunchEurope both written by lots of different people, frequently updated and with a good mixture of new developments, product reviews and more in depth debate. Not very health informatics but definitely web 2.0
Its All Good A blog from five OCLC staff about all things present and future that impact libraries and library users. A bit of everything library related.
PubMed Search Strategies A highly specialised use of the group blog format. Brilliant sharing tool for no cost but a little time.
BoingBoing Regular items from Cory Doctorow (and others) on copyright / IP and plenty of library love mixed in with all manner of interesting stuff from the web and beyond. Once got me summoned to my managers office to explain what I was doing looking at website with the url boingboing.net – answer trying to read an item on censorship only to find it blocked by websense.
So over to you… Do you group blog? Which ones do you read? What makes a great group blog? And have you ever had a disaster through participating in one?