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?
The Health Informaticist is hosting the May edition of the Medlib’s Round – Blog Carnival.
||A rotating carnival of the best of the medical library blogosphere. Written in English (bilingual posts allowed)
||medical library, library 2.0, medical librarianship, EBM, PubMed, bibliographic databases, information literacy, web 2.0 tools,
||medicine, health & fitness
||first Saturday of every month
You can see the March edition here with the April edition here covering e-patients, iPad and opportunities.
Use the online form to submit your article for the May edition.
We welcome submissions on any aspect of medical librarianship / health informatics. We particularly welcome blog posts that take a view on the role of professional organisations in the future of the profession (in the light of the Defining our Professional Future
work currently underway at CILIP).
We look forward to some excellent submissions
A sort of twitter shared Google buzz was launched this week, I certainly noted it had started without my input with someone eagerly waiting to follow my updates. Oh well, nothing is free as an interesting documentary on the consequences of not paying for web services The cost of free explored. The cost of gmail is that when you email or search for anything this data is fed into marketing and you are targeted according to this information is all well and good if it’s stuff that’s useful but it delved into the case of a woman whose identity was figured out by looking at the searches she did which included her friends’ health problems so the old nugget of freedom v privacy.
The iPad may make ebooks interesting but this has knock on effects for the print industry. Paul Carr on TechCrunch says we’re back to the days of the Net Book Agreement as publishers struggle to scrape profit from something that more and more is becoming like the music industry.