Thursday, July 26, 2007

IMIA OSWG meeting at medinfo2007

The 2007 business meeting of the IMIA Open Source Working Group ( >>>) will take place as follows:

Sunday, 19 August 2007, from 5:30 - 7:30pm

Venue: Room P3, Brisbane Convention Centre, Australia
(in conjunction with medinfo2007)

Agenda to be advised later.

Apologies to colleagues who won't be at medinfo2007.

All queries to imia.oswg[at]

Sixth LinuxMedNews Award nominations open

As reported by Ignacio Valdes on Linux Medical News (, nominations are officially open for the 6th annual Linux Medical News Freedom Award. Deadline for nominations is August 24th, 2007 and the Award will be presented at the November 10th-14th AMIA Fall conference at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Deadline for entries is August 24th, 2007. [This is NOT an officially sponsored award or event of AMIA.]

This award is co-sponsored by the IMIA Open Source Working Group. This award is intended to honor the individual or project who has accomplished the most towards the goal of improving medical education and practice through free/open source medical software. The award winner is chosen by a panel of judges.

Full details are on Linux Medical News.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Open access developments

Two new developments today from the world of open access publishing:

- BioMed Central has introduced a new information portal calling attention to the developing world's need for open access to the scientific and medical literature. It can be accessed at:
As part of the launch, BioMed Central is inviting researchers and others working in developing countries to share their stories about how open access to the online research literature is changing their work.

- BioMed Central has also created a custom button for the Google Toolbar, to make finding open access research from BioMed Central’s research even easier. See

CHIRAD supports moves to develop open access and signed up early to the Budapest Open Access Initiative -

Friday, July 20, 2007

CHIRAD at Buck House

CHIRAD Directors Dr Helen Betts and Prof. Graham Wright yesterday (19 July) attended the Queen's Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, in London.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

SINI2007 week

The main SINI (Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics, University of Maryland School of Nursing) starts on Wednesday 18 July - tomorrow (Monday 16 July) sees the start of pre-conference workshops.

CHIRAD members Peter Murray and Scott Erdley will be blogging from SINI2007 - we hope to try out some podcasts, vodcasts, etc as well.

See the SINI2007 blog at:
Main SINI website (School of Nursing) is at:

Friday, July 13, 2007

Two interesting items

Two interesting items selected from today's RSS feeds:

- "Web 2.0 is built on Open Source" from FSDaily - a run-down of the free and open source software that runs many Web 2.0 applications >>>

- "Inspired by Vannevar Bush, Is Fleck Just What the New Web Was Missing?" from Social Computing magazine - about Fleck, a new tool for annotating web pages and sharing them. Also has a Firefox extension - >>>

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Podcasting Has No 'Inherent' Pedagogic Value

Thanks to our colleague Bill Perry for pointing up two recent reports.

One ( >>> ) is a 'comprehensive survey of the latest academic studies on the impact of podcasting on learning and teaching'. The findings should really come as no surprise, and probably ought to fall under the heading of 'the blindingly obvious', but are a useful reminder not to be taken in by hype.

The report states that "As with any educational technology, whether and how podcasting impacts the quality of the learning experience and/or educational outcomes depends largely upon how the technology is put to use,"

Bill also points out the full 15 page White Paper is at:

Monday, July 09, 2007

IBM epidemiology software now open source

Linux Medical News reports ( >>> ) a news item from the eHealth News Portal ( >>> ) that IBM has announced that it has made available an advanced software technology that can help predict the transmission of diseases across countries and around the globe to the open source community.

STEM (the Spatiotemporal Epidemiological Modeler tool) is designed to help scientists and public health officials create and use spatial and temporal models of emerging infectious diseases. STEM, which runs on any operating system, allows the rapid creation of epidemiological models for how an infectious disease, such as avian influenza or dengue fever, is likely to geographically spread over time. It creates a graphical representation of the spread of a disease based on a variety of parameters such as population, geographic and macro-economic data, roadmaps, airport locations, travel patterns and bird migratory routes around the world.

The STEM software is available at: