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Orthopaedic Web Links


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Orthopaedic Web Links

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