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Therese Stukel and David Henry, two lead authors on this week's OM paper, argue on the Huffington Post blog that Canada's health care system requires urgent reform, particularly in the area of chronic care delivery (as it's currently designed for acute, episodic care even as chronic disease accounts for an ever-greater share of health care spending). And they cite their research into the viability of using virtual multi-specialty networks as a model for delivering more coordinated care. You can check out their piece right here.Topics: health policynews
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Open Medicine has just signed onto a brand-new, worldwide declaration called the San Francisco Declaration On Research Assessment, or DORA for short. The declaration represents a response to a widespread concern among science and other researchers about the journal impact factors that are used, in its words, "as a surrogate measure of the quality of individual research articles, to assess an individual scientist's contribution, or in hiring, promotion or funding decisions".
Impact factors, as PLOS Medicine noted in an article back in 2006, are a sort of a game based on secretive rules (the decision on which articles are most citable rests with Thomson Reuters, which calculates impact factors). They are also the principal metric by which medical research is evaluated and careers advanced. It's a game that too many journals, institutions and researchers try to play--to the detriment of scientific research.
The Declaration proposes guidelines for changing the way research is assessed. These guidelines are directed at different groups: funding agencies, institutions, publishers, researchers, organizations that supply metrics. It's still an open question exactly how each of these groups can more accurately assess the significance and quality of scientific output. Indeed, the impact of DORA itself remains to be seen.
Still, it has become increasingly obvious to many researchers that impact factors are skewing research in a number of ways. The Guardian offers a solid overview of the reasons that many heavyweights in the world of scientific research are getting behind DORA (an editorial in Science--on the way impact factor discourages risky and ground-breaking research, biases journals to under-publish important articles from less-cited fields, and is wrongly used to evaluate individual scientists--accompanied the Declaration's launch).
As of this writing, 167 organizations and 4278 individual scientists and researchers have signed. You can, too.Topics: evalutionimpact
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The research described in this report was performed to develop a more complete picture of how hospital emergency departments (EDs) contribute to the U.S. health care system, which is currently evolving in response to economic, clinical, and political pressures. Using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods, it explores the evolving role that EDs and the personnel who staff them play in evaluating and managing complex and high-acuity patients, serving as the key decisionmaker for roughly half of all inpatient hospital admissions, and serving as “the safety net of the safety net” for patients who cannot get care elsewhere. The report also examines the role that EDs may soon play in either contributing to or helping to control the rising costs of health care.
In Boston, at the 2013 Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting I blogged as the Unofficial MLA Insider. In the past I noticed that both MLA new members as well as long time members aren’t always sure as to how things work. My posts were meant to shed some light on what happens at the meeting as well as within MLA.
MLA is a great group full of interesting and helpful librarians, and even though we aren’t the size of ALA, it is sometimes hard to know the structure, how things work, who does what, etc. within the organization. So I have decided to continue my unofficial MLA insider posts with an attempt at pulling back the curtain of the organization.
One note, much of the stuff I will be blogging about is available on the organization’s website, MLANet.org, and available to current members, but I think the best way to really understand is to also get involved. It is one thing to read and another to do.
I will still continue writing about other things on the blog, but I will throw in an unofficial insider post every once and a while.
If you didn’t read the MLA 2013 blog, here are links to my posts which will give you an idea of what I intend to write about.
In the following weeks I plan to write a post about Sections, SIGs, Chapters and other entities within the larger MLA. My intention is to shed light on what is sometimes a very confusing area for members. I will be answering the often asked question, “What is a Section and how is it different than a SIG?”
What are some of the things you always wondered about MLA? Let me know and I will try and shed some light on it. I need your imput and questions to help make this unofficial insider series work
Data highlights and preliminary analysis from the recent national survey of DOCLINE libraries as part of the NLM strategic planning initiative exploring the future of resource sharing. The presentation also gave a brief overview of recent and upcoming releases. A PowerPoint presentation is available.
Via PaleoFuture, this Knight Ridder video describes the iPad (okay “the tablet”…but Apple got there first) pretty damned well. Fascinating to me that an entity created by a newspaper company had this sort of prescience…and totally failed to act on it.
“Tablets will be a whole new class of computer, they’ll weigh under two pounds. They’ll be totally portable. They’ll have a clarity of screen display comparable to to ink on paper. They’ll be able to blend text, video, audio and graphics together and they’ll be part of our daily lives around the turn of the century. We may still use computers to create information, but we’ll use the tablet to interact with information.”
Thanks to On the Media for the heads-up on PaleoFuture.
Wow there were a lot of bloggers who wrote great stuff at MLA 2013. I tried to attend as much as I can but of course I can’t hit everything so I have come to really enjoy reading the Official Meeting Blog after the meeting to review the things I wasn’t able to attend. I have taken it upon myself to organize the posts from the blog into some general categories and I thought I would share them. (I am such a librarian I am organizing blog posts…sigh..)
The organization is very rough. I tried to group like posts on the same topic together, but I am sure I made some mistakes. I also added some extra details such as the section program title on some of the blog titles where it wasn’t immediately obvious as to what it referred to.
One thing to remember…. The e-Conference stuff is not just for those who paid for the e-Conference. Those who physically attended the conference can also access all of the great stuff online using their badge number.
Prior to a conference
About MLA and Getting Involved
Section & Sig Stuff
After Conference and the e-Conference
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Some of this week's items: Grand opening of the library of the future / Copyright Debate Hits the House of Commons: Opposition Won't Support C-11 Due to Digital Locks / CANARIE Supports Arctic Research - CANARIE Appuie la recherche dans l?arctique / Research for the masses / Whatever happened to the Digital Economy Act? / À qui appartiennent nos gènes?
Some of this week's items: Harper Government Invests in Research Excellence at Canadian Post Secondary Institutions Creating Jobs of the Future US intelligence wants to predict human behavior with ?data eye in the sky? Canadian universities must reform or perish Digital Public Library of America planning initiative to hold public plenary meeting in Washington, DC on October 21, 2011 Princeton bans academics from handing all copyright to journal publishers
Some of this week's items: The Writers Union of Canada, U.K. society representing 50,000 book authors, along with Norwegian, and Swedish writers? unions, join literary property rights suit against HathiTrust and five U.S. universities / ITHAKA ?Sustainable Scholarship / University research essential to Canada?s prosperity - La recherche universitaire : essentielle à la prospérité du Canada
Some of this week's items: The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) applauds the government for recognizing education as a fair dealing purpose in its latest version of the Copyright Modernization Act / L?Association des bibliothèques de recherche du Canada (ABRC) a salué la reconnaissance de fins pédagogiques comme utilisation équitable d?une oeuvre, dans la plus récente version de la Loi sur la modernisation dudroit d?auteur / Tories vow to push through copyright overhaul as written / National Science Foundation taps Carolina researchers to develop national data infrastructure / U-M Library Orphan Works Project undaunted by lawsuit / Virtual museum' to showcase Rideau Canal
Some of this week's items: IFLA Presidential Newsletter September 2011 / Sheikh's version: Ex-chief statistician picks apart cancellation of long census / Jean-Pierre Côté désigné lauréat 2011 du Prix de reconnaissance pour services exceptionnels Ron MacDonald décerné par le RCDR / Copyright confusion dogs European digitization push / Comprehensive Brief on Open Access to Publications and Research Data / Document d?information sur le libre accès aux publications et aux données de recherche
Some of this week's items: Data Sharing Shortfall / New resource to help university communities improve learning experience, outcomes / Une nouvelle ressource aidera le milieu universitaire à améliorer l?expérience et les résultats d?apprentissage / U.S. colleges hit with copyright infringement complaint from Canadian writers / Cinq universités américaines poursuivies pour violation du droit d?auteur par des auteurs américains, australiens, britanniques et québécois / E-learning in university: the digital natives are restless / Amazon 'to launch book rental service'
Some of this week's items: Long-awaited copyright bill returns, but top court to wade in too / Pirates of academe? We laugh / The Big Deal: Not Price But Cost / Rallying Cries vs. Reality: Profits and Publishing Meet Academics and Idealism
Some of this week's items: Qui contrôle Internet ? / RLUK Develops Journal Subscription Analysis Tool / Federal investment in research spurs growth and innovation / Lawful Access Legislation: 8 In 10 Oppose Internet Surveillance Without A Warrant / Fair Use Face-Off, Canadian Edition
Some of this week's items: Librarians at University of Minnesota Make an Impact with Data Management Program / UC Libraries expand access to orphan works / UBC?s University Librarian first Canadian to head global group / British Libraries Push Back
Some of this week's items: Britain revamps 300-year-old copyright laws / KU establishes first coalition of institutions practicing open access / Call to action: Sign the Berlin Declaration / Rogue Downloader's Arrest Could Mark Crossroads for Open-Access Movement / British Library Group Develops Cost-Benefit Tool to Analyze Journal Pricing / What is wrong with Scientific Publishing and can we put it right before it is too late?