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“Seeing” your Search: Visualization Techniques for Exploring PubMed Search Results

Class Details

Searchers of PubMed, as with other bibliographic databases, are used to seeing their results primarily as an ordered list. While lists work well for accessing the first few dozen results of a search, they don’t do much to provide context. A list can’t convey meaningful information about those results that aren’t immediately displayed, nor does it describe the relationships between one part of a complex search and another. This lack of context is especially challenging when navigating large sets of results, as users rarely choose the most efficient search strategy the first time out. Instead they iterate through changes, often informed by little more than the difference in hits at each step.

In this webinar we’ll use visualization methods to explore the aggregate qualities of PubMed results. Techniques such as Venn diagrams and line charts can yield important insights into a search by giving us an overview of our results at a glance. We’ll also see how using these techniques in an interactive way can help guide the process of refining a search strategy.

Speaker Bio: Edwin Sperr, M.L.I.S. currently serves as the Clinical Information Librarian at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership. Since developing the interactive tool PubVenn in 2015, Ed has explored the use of data visualization techniques in several different contexts. One can find out more about his work at https://esperr.github.io/

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Region/Office: National
Sep 10, 2019
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
Kirsten Burcat, MLIS, Data & Evaluation Coordinator

Class Overview

SEAside is an alternate webinar series from the Network of the National Library of Medicine, Southeastern/Atlantic Region (NNLM SEA) to promote educational opportunities that occur infrequently and are in addition to the Beyond the SEA webinar series. Speakers cover different topics of interest to health science librarians, health care practitioners, librarians, and other health focused groups in the region. Topics include new and updated National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources, RML Awardee presentations on their research and outreach programs, Disaster Resources, Electronic Health Records, and many others related to health science and health care. All sessions are online webinars using WebEx, which allows for live phone conversation and online chat. SEAside webinars are held infrequently and are based on the availability of specific speakers who may not be able to present during the Beyond the SEA webinar series. Sessions are generally held at 2PM (ET) and last an hour. Sessions are recorded, closed captioned, and made available for later viewing.

Pre-Register: Pre-registration is required.

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Link to Recordings

If you are unable to attend a session, webinars are recorded and added to the NNLM SEA Past Classes typically within one week.