The Web is becoming an unruly mess, and health librarians should watch for increased vortalization in health. We should also stick to our guns about what we believe is trustworthy, useful and reliable information.
Slideshare.net is a very useful social software site where powerpoint presentations are stored, shared (and searched) and viewed by others. If you think about it, SlideShare is a kind of youtube.com for presentations.
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.