At the outset of today's post, let me say that perpetual beta is a pointless Web 2.0 notion (a cop-out) and decidely unhelpful to academics and librarians. Beta-testing. In beta. Not quite finished yet.
[img_assist|nid=72|title=Wiki-colour|desc=|link=node|align=left|width=61|height=100]My spies tell me that Wikipedia will be testing a color-coding tool to mark questionable content on articles. The tool - tested within Wikia first before scaling up to Wikipedia entries - is not the first time advanced statistical analysis has been used to assess the reliability of articles within Wikipedia.
In speaking with Open Medicine <openmedicine.ca> readers, I have heard very clearly that medical blogs are increasingly vital in staying current with newly-published journal articles in biomedicine. We get that at Open Medicine, and use the quick and easily-updated OM blog to keep our readers current with what we, the editors - a well-respected team of physicians, scientists and copy-editors - are working on and publishing.
That Google would eventually venture into health-related Web searching was no surprise to medical librarians. We encouraged it, so this week's leak is confirmation of the search giant's direction on Google health - codename "Weaver" - and that its release may be close. However, news that digitization of patient records is part of the project is news to many.
One way to counteract falsehoods and lack of transparency in medical research is to use the new CONSORT statement.
The Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) comprises a number of initiatives developed by the CONSORT Group. Their raison d'etre is to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials (RCTs).