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Google Wave: Have CTSI-minded institutions caught it?


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Presentation given at the Evidence-Based Scholarly Communication Conference in Albuquerque, NM (UNM Health Sciences Library and Informatics Center):

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Google Wave: Have CTSI-minded institutions caught it?

  1. 1. GoogleTM Wave<br />Have CTSI-minded institutions caught it?<br />Amy Donahue, NLM Associate Fellow University of Minnesota <br />Bio-Medical Library<br />This research was supported in part by an appointment to the NLM Associate Fellowship Program sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.<br />
  2. 2. Outline<br />Background<br />What is Wave?<br />Why might we care?<br />Case Study<br />Population<br />Methods<br />Results<br />Conclusions<br />Questions<br />
  3. 3. Background – What is Wave?<br />Wave: a new communication and collaboration tool<br />Limited release of “preview” on 09/30/09<br />How you use it:<br />Create “waves” with “wavelets” and “blips”<br />Addextensions (gadgets and bots)<br />Tag waves<br />Invite specific people or make it public<br />Watch the playback<br />
  4. 4. Background cont.<br />E-mail: multiple replies = multiple versions, Wave: multiple replies = 1 version w/ playback<br />Google will not be the only Wave provider.<br />For more information: <br /><br />
  5. 5. Why?<br />We, librarians and information professionals, can<br />Teach it.<br />Use it.<br />Evaluate it.<br />CTSIs specifically = collaboration<br />Areas of expertise: scholarly communication, authorship, copyright, accessibility, preservation<br />
  6. 6. Case Study<br />
  7. 7. Population<br />Targeted:<br />United States<br />CTSA-minded institution affiliation<br />Support staff, researchers, information professionals/librarians<br />Potential: <br />general public Wave users.<br />
  8. 8. Methods<br />Participant recruitment:<br />Public waves<br />Twitter, LinkedIn, Health Informatics forum, blogs<br />CTSA Communications Key Function Committee<br />Survey and discussion<br />Survey: public wave<br />Discussion: private wave (collaboration/authorship test case)<br />Officially ended 2/19/10<br />waves still up, both open to the public.<br />
  9. 9. Results<br />8 survey participants<br />Different response rates for each question<br />All questions had at least 3 participants<br />0 discussion participants<br />Survey Results:<br />
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  11. 11. Conclusions<br />Wave use<br />Lack of evidence in either direction<br />Maybe? <br />Potential in the future<br />Capabilities may meet some needs<br />
  12. 12. Conclusions cont.<br />Lessons learned<br />Testing a beta tool<br />Privacy concerns?<br />Authorship concerns?<br />Identifying communication channels<br />
  13. 13. Conclusions cont.<br />Case study as an evaluation tool <br />Low cost (time, personnel)<br />Develop knowledge of service<br />Starting point for continued evaluation<br />
  14. 14. Acknowledgements<br />Linda Watson, Jim Beattie, Layne Johnson and the UMN Bio-Medical Library<br />The National Library of Medicine<br />Jon Eldridge<br />Photos: <br />silverxraven, _setev, .EVO., somebody_, rachel_thecat, Breno Peck, lapidim, kevindooley, ~Zoe~, Rick McCharles, prgibbs, Steve Wampler, brentbat, Boby Dimitrov, <br />in<br />Special thanks to the medical librarians (especially Nikki Detmar) on Twitter and Wave for their encouragement and support.<br />
  15. 15. Questions?<br />
  16. 16. Joining the waves<br />Two methods to find and join the waves:<br />First log into Google Wave (, then copy/paste the search string “tag:ctsiwith:public” into the inbox search bar. <br />If already logged into Google Wave, pointing a browser to will also work. <br />The two waves referred to in this presentation:<br />“The Potential for Wave at CTSA-Minded Institutions/CTSIs” (the survey)<br />“Google Wave & CTSIs: A Discussion”  <br />