RSS: Really Simple Syndication Subscribe to “feeds” from websites (look for the orange RSS icon) Use a feed reader (or aggregator) to read and organize your subscriptions. Many emergency management sources produce RSS feeds. Subscribe to their feeds to monitor all web activity from a single site. So rather than visiting every site to see if there are any updates, just go to your feed reader.
Here is a sample of some RSS feeds producing disaster health information, news, and surveillance data. For a list including links to these feeds, please see the MLA Moodle site or the Wiki page on disaster information for librarians
Twitter is a microblogging service, which means that people can use it to post very short messages. Some people might think of Twitter as a source for trivial news, but it tends to have very up to date information because it doesn’t take long to compose a short message. Also, it is indexed by Google in real-time which means that it is a good place to look for breaking news. You may see news from emergency managers and first responders before an event has been covered by journalists. Just remember that the information isn’t fact-checked the way a news article would be. Many government institutions are now using it, and tweets are being archived by the Library of Congress. Some institutions use Twitter to post a link to each new piece of content that they post, which makes it kind of like an RSS feed, too. You can usually find an institution’s Twitter account by looking for a blue T or a blue bird on their website—the symbols aren’t as consistent as they are for RSS.
Evidence-Based Emergency Management - Part 2
Evidence-Based Emergency Management Part 2: Putting it into Practice Robin Featherstone, MLIS Julie Jones, MLIS Life Sciences Library Humanities & Social Sciences Libraryrobin.email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Course website: http://www.mcgill.ca/library/library-findinfo/subjects/humanities/disaster-e
How do you monitor information? “I’m OK… just a little too much ‘push’ technology.”
Agenda• Recap• Current Awareness – RSS/Twitter/Apps – Email alerts• News Sources– 20 min BREAK –• Presentations• Summary• Post-Test
Evidence-Based Emergency Management Process Formulating Evaluating the question the Process Workshop 1Workshop 2 For assistance planning for, responding to, or recovering from an Searching the Incorporating emergency or disaster Evidence evidence into decision-making Workshop 1Workshop 2 Evaluating the Evidence Workshop 1
Putting it into practice – objectivesAt the end of this course, you will be able to:1.Set up search & Table of Contents (TOC) alerts using anarticle database2.Recognize, based on the methodology sections ofresearch articles, cases comparable to McGill University3.Identify evidence-based interventions to assist with thedevelopment, assessment or modification of services orprograms offered through University Safety4.Prepare and present a brief summary of a publicationfor an audience of peers
Exercise1) Select a database from the subject guide.2) Run the search you used when completing your homework for this week’s workshop.3) Set up a weekly email alert for the search.Remember…depending on the database, you may have to create a login to do this.
Current Awareness - RSS Government Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS): http://www.ccohs.ca/newsroom/news_releases/rss/all/en News from the centre Public Safety Canada News: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/app_support/xml/ps_news_e.xml News from the office of Canada’s Public Safety minister Trade Magazines Campus Safety Magazine: http://feeds.feedburner.com/CSM-All Summaries of news about campus safety (mostly American) Canadian Security Mag: http://feeds.feedburner.com/CanadianSecurity Professional Security Management News Emergency Management: http://www.emergencymgmt.com/subscribe/rss Nearly 20 feeds on emergency management news headlines, blog posts by experts, and emergency management events
RSS How To 1. Subscribe to a “RSS Reader” (e.g., Google Reader) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of _feed_aggregators 2. Find a feed on a website of interest - look for the 3. Subscribe http://www.commoncraft.com/video/rss
Current Awareness - Twitter • Twitter subscribers receive real-time updates • 140 character maximum • Look for the blue bird or the blue “t” on websites to find an institution’s twitter account • Used by many government agencies and emergency management groups…
Some Selected Twitter Feeds Government Educational Organizations •Canada Emergency Management •National Institute for Occupational Academy - @CanadaEmergency Safety and Health - @NIOSH •Justice Institute of BC - @JIBC_EMD •DHS Lessons Learned - @LLIS •Public Safety Canada - @Get_Prepared Professional Associations Trade Magazines •Ontario Association of Emergency •Campus Safety Magazine - Managers - @OAEM_Online @CampusSafetyMag •International Association of Emergency Managers - @iaem •Disaster Recovery Journal - @drjournal •International Association of •Emergency Management - Emergency Managers - Universities @EmergencyMgtMag and Colleges Caucus - @IAEM_UCC News •CBC Montreal - @CBCMontreal Experts •The Montreal Gazette - @mtlgazette •Scot Phelps - @emergnecymgmt •Patrice Cloutier - @patricecloutier •The Weather Network - •Robin Featherstone - @weathernetwork @rmfeatherstone
Common emergency management hash tags#HSEM Homeland Security Emergency Management#Outbreak Disease Outbreak#CBRNE Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive#Hazmat Hazardous Materials#SMEM Social Media Emergency Management … and many more. See: http://davislogic.blogspot.com/2011/08/twitter-hashtags-and-emergency.html
Current Awareness - Apps • Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterapps.html WISER
Current Awareness - Apps • Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/dimrc/disasterapps.html Outbreaks Near Me PDC World Disaster Alerts
Exercise• Use Canadian Newsstand or CBCA Complete to search for news articles about McGill University and a campus safety or emergency management topic of your choice.• Set up a weekly alert for this search that will run for 6 months.
Exercise• Use Lexis-Nexis and Google News to search for news articles about the February 2012 student occupation of McGill’s James Administration Building.• Compare the results.
Filtered Information •Synthesized guidelines •Systematic reviewsScholarly Literature•“Peer-reviewed” journal articles•Indexed articles and booksOther Indexed Publications•News articles•Trade magazine articles “Grey Literature” •Organizational reports •Training and workshop materials •Conference proceedings •Blog entries
Summary1. What are three methods you can use to monitor publications?2. Where can you search for news articles?3. Which kinds of studies represent the “best evidence” for safety interventions/initiatives at McGill?4. Name one intervention that you learned about through these workshops that could be implemented at McGill?