Publication technologies: blogs and wikis in health and medicine


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Publication technologies: blogs and wikis in health and medicine

  1. 1. Publication technologies: blogs and wikis in health and medicine<br /><br />…a look at potential applications in public health<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  2. 2. To share is to learn<br />“…a student’s colleagues often represent the least recognized, least used and most important of all the resources available to him”<br /> … a student’s ability to find information online, create content and work with others to achieve his or her learning goals is under-utilized by educators….<br />MacKenzie N , Eraut M. (1972)<br />Collaborative editing of “health informatics” in Wikipedia …<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  3. 3. What is a blog?<br />“…a blog or weblog is a personal diary, collaborative space, breaking-news outlet and a collection of links to your own private views memos to the world… in short, your blog is whatever you want it to be. In simple terms, a blog is a website, where you write on an ongoing basis. New posts show up at the top, so your visitors can read what is new... they comment on it or link to it or email you... weblogs are used to satisfy a variety of communication needs and favour e-learning practices (Susana & Sergio 2007)…”<br />e.g., CDC Social Media Toolkit<br />Image:<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  4. 4. What is a wiki?<br />“…wikis allow asynchronous communication and group collaboration across the Internet. Variously described as a composition system, a discussion medium, a repository, a mail system, and a tool for collaboration, wikis provide users with both author and editor privileges; the overall organization of contributions can be edited as well as the content itself. Wikis are able to incorporate sounds, movies, and pictures; they may prove to be a simple tool to create multimedia presentations and simple digital stories….”<br />WikiDoc The Living Textbook of Medicine<br />The Original Medical Wiki / Encyclopedia<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  5. 5. Wikis vs. blogs – what are the differences?<br />“…wikis are often compared to blogs because they are both characterized by easy publishing capabilities. They both started about the same time, about a decade ago, and both offer an easy publishing tool for disseminating information as well as getting feedback to and from the public. Early wikis were intended for multiple users to create knowledge repositories, while blogs were intended for writing personal diaries. Although they are different in several ways, the distinctions between them are subtle because they are converging in functionality. There are a number of main differences between wikis and blogs, among them being the way they organize their information, and the number of contributors and what the contributors intend to achieve (Doyle, 2006)…”<br /><br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  6. 6. Blogs & wikis in public health<br />Blogs<br /><ul><li> Creating a Road Map: Local Public Health 2.0
  7. 7. Dr. Buttery’s Public Health blog
  8. 8. GetReady blog
  9. 9. Public Health Science Communication 2.0</li></ul>Wikis<br /><ul><li> Public Health wiki
  10. 10. WikiPH
  11. 11. Toxipedia</li></ul>Aggregator sites<br /><ul><li>Social Media for Public Health -
  12. 12. Ning Network:
  13. 13. Webicina: Public Health and Web 2.0</li></ul>Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  14. 14. Think-Pair-Share<br /><ul><li> Spend five (5) minutes on your own
  15. 15. List the advantages / disadvantages of using a blog
  16. 16. Pair up with someone (or two people)
  17. 17. Share your list of advantages / disadvantages
  18. 18. Present some ideas to the instructor</li></ul>Repeat same exercise – this time listing advantages / disadvantages of wikis<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  19. 19. Benefits of social publishing<br />…in public health<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  20. 20. Health promotion |old vs. new media<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  21. 21. Takeaway: “wisdom of the crowd”<br />New understanding is achieved by finding a ‘middle ground’<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  22. 22. Blogs & wikis<br />Weighing the pros & cons of social technologies<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  23. 23. Publishing technologies – blogs & wikis<br />Sources of information in scientific discourse<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  24. 24. Blogs & wikis<br />How can you contribute to public health?<br />Dean Giustini, UBC librarian | | September 2011<br />
  25. 25. References<br />Barsky E, Giustini D. Introducing web 2.0: wikis for health librarians. JCHLA/JABSC. 2007;28(4): 147-150.<br />Burke S. That’s blog worthy: ten ways to integrate blogging into the health education classroom. Am J Health Educ. 2008;39(6):362-364.<br />Clauson K et al. Scope, completeness, and accuracy of drug information on Wikipedia. Ann Pharmacother. 2008 Dec; 42(12):1814‐21. Epub 2008 Nov 18.<br />Doyle B. When to wiki, when to blog. EContent and Digital Strategies. March 2011. <br />Hanson C, Thackeray R, Barnes M, Neiger B, McIntyre E. Integrating web 2.0 in health education preparation and practice. Am J Health Educ. 2008;39(3):157-166.<br />Laurent M et al. Seeking health information. Does Wikipedia matter? JAMIA 2009;16(4):471‐479.<br />MacKenzie N, Eraut M, Jones HC. Teaching and learning: an introduction to new methods and resources in higher education UNESCO and the International Association of Universities. Paris, 1972.<br />Metzger MJ. Using web 2.0 technologies to enhance evidence‐based medical information. J Health Communication. 2011; 16(sup1).<br />Murray S, Giustini D, Loubani T, Choi S, Palepu A. Medical research and social media: can wikis be used as a publishing platform in medicine? Open Medicine.2009;3:121–122. <br />Nelson P. Wikiph talk to Public Health Futures Conference.<br />De Juana-Espinosa S, Lujan-Mora S. The use of weblogs in higher education: Benefits and barriers. 2007.<br />Webicina “Public health”:<br />Wiki Public Health:<br />Wikipedia. Medicine.<br />Younger P. Using wikis as an online health info source. Nurs Stand. 2010; 24(36):49-56. <br />