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    • 1. Orthopaedic Web Links The Gateway to the Orthopaedic Internet Christian Veillette M.D., M.Sc., FRCSC Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Shoulder & Elbow Reconstructive Surgery Toronto Western Hospital University Health Network Email:
    • 2. Objectives
      • Describe the growing problem with general search engines
      • Describe vertical search engines
      • Provide an overview of Orthopaedic Web Links
      • Learn how to contribute to OWL Directory
      • Learn how to contribute to OWL Web
      • Learn how to create/share resource collections
    • 3. Growing Problem
      • Web has plenty of useful resources
      • Dynamic, unstructured nature makes them difficult to locate
      • Number of Web pages exceeds 20 billion
      • General search engines cannot maintain comprehensive, up-to-date search indexes
      • Web growth  Information overload in query results
      • General search engine generates thousands of hits, many irrelevant to the user query
    • 4. Growing Problem
      • ~80 percent of American Internet users search the Web for health information
        • 95 million Americans
      • > 70% did not find what they wanted or did not know what to believe 
      • Jupiter Research - Aug 2006
    • 5. Growing Problem
      • Most Internet users start at a general search engine when researching health & medical advice online
      • Check the source and date of online health information:
        • 15% - “always”
        • 10% - “most of the time”
        • 75% - “only sometimes” “hardly ever” or “never”
      • 85 million Americans gather health advice online without consistently examining the quality indicators of the information they find
      • Pew Internet Oct 2006
    • 6. Vertical Search Engines (VSE)
      • Vertical search engines solve part of the problem
      • Specialized search technologies that focus on narrow niches
      • Engines that search only narrow niche of Web are more convenient & effective for the user
      • Face the challenge of collecting set of relevant, high-quality pages from Web
      • Demand for high-quality pages is generally more important in vertical search engines
    • 7. Healia – Health VSE
      • Goto
    • 8. What is OWL?
      • Vertical search engine for orthopedics
      • 3 main technologies
        • Directory
        • MetaSearch
        • Web
      • OWL Directory and Web consists of user or editor contributed resources
      • Each resource undergoes validation by OWL Editors
    • 9. Original OWL – July 1997
    • 10. OWL Today
      • Jan 2006-2007 – 1,093,926 unique visitors
    • 11. Daily Reach (
    • 12. Getting Started with OWL
      • Goto http://
      A B C D E
    • 13. Create an OWL Account
      • Click Login/Register at bottom of Members Area
      Create your new account by clicking here
    • 14. Create an OWL Account Fields marked with a “ * ” must be completed
    • 15. Create an OWL Account Once you’ve created your account you will be sent an email from OWL to verify your account. The email you receive will be similar to this: Click on this link to activate your OWL Account
    • 16. Login to OWL
      • Once you have activated your account you will automatically be logged into your OWL Account
    • 17. Add Resource to OWL Directory-Step 1
      • Select the Directory tab in top navigation
      • Browse to category where you would like to add new resource Orthopedics > Universities and Academic Centres > USA > Minnesota
    • 18. Add Resource to OWL Directory-Step 2
      • Select Add Resource in the Members area
    • 19. Add Resource to OWL Directory-Step 3
      • Complete the OWL submission form
    • 20. Add Resource to OWL Directory-Step 5 Optional Paid or Free listing
    • 21. Add Resource to OWL Directory Review/Validation In Progress
      • Submitted resource will be reviewed by OWL Editors within 5-7 days
    • 22. More OWL Directory Features
      • OWL Community encouraged to:
        • Review resources
        • Rate resources
        • Create and share collections of OWL resources
    • 23. Contribute to OWL Web
      • Custom search engine that indexes entire web sites or specific web pages submitted to OWL Directory
      • Uses Google Co-op technology
      • Goto http://
      Select “Web” tab in top navigation menu to use OWL Web Search To contribute to OWL Web click on “Volunteer”
    • 24. Create a Google Account Create your new account by clicking here OR If you already have a Google Account Sign in to Google Co-op
    • 25. Create a Google Account Once you’ve created your account you will be sent an email from Google to verify your account. The email you receive will be similar to this: Click on this link to activate your Google Account
    • 26. Confirm to be Contributor
      • Once your account is activated you will need to confirm that you are volunteering to be a contributor for OWL Web Search
      Confirm that you are volunteering to be a contributor for OWL Web Search
    • 27. Approval Request Sent to OWL
    • 28. Login to OWL Web
      • Once your account has been approved use the “Sign in” link from OWL Web
    • 29. Contribute to OWL Web-Step 1
      • Goto My Account
    • 30. Contribute to OWL Web-Step 2
      • Select My Search Engines
    • 31. Contribute to OWL Web-Step 3
      • Select “control panel” from Search engines I’m contributing to area highlighted below
    • 32. Contribute to OWL Web-Step 4
      • Control panel shows a list of sites included or excluded by you or other contributors
      To add sites to OWL Web index click on the Add Sites button
    • 33. Contribute to OWL Web-Step 5
      • Enter in URL for single site or select “Include sites in bulk” to enter multiple URLs
      Enter in URL for inclusion
    • 34. OCOSH Classification
      • O rthogate C lassification of O rthopaedic S ubject H eadings
      • Based on expanded MeSH terminology
      • Current OWL database undergoing conversion to OCOSH
    • 35. Summary
      • OWL is a vertical search engine specific for orthopedics
      • 3 main technologies bundled into one
        • OWL Directory
        • OWL Web
        • OWL MetaSearch
      • Editor validation of user contributions
      • Starting point for more trusted & reliable orthopedic resources
    • 36. Thank you The Orthopaedic Internet: A Collaborative Resource