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Archive for June, 2005

LITA blog launches – Lots of Technology Stuff

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005

The LITA (ALA’s Library and Information Technology Association) Blog launched recently and they are currently blogging summaries from technology programs at the ALA Annual Meeting. Lots of other interesting technology postings as well.


Consumer Reports Launches Rating Service for Health Web Sites

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Consumer Reports WebWatch launched a rating system for the 20 most popular health Web sites.

Mamma Health: a New Deep Search Engine of Health Information

Tuesday, June 21st, 2005

Mamma, creators of the Mamma metasearch engine, have released a new metasearch engine of deep Internet resources such as MedlinePlus, WebMD, and the Mayo Clinic.

Mamma Health

More information is available in the press release.

Clinical Cases and Images – Blog: How Doctors Use Google

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Clinical Cases and Images – Blog: How Doctors Use Google

PubMed RSS Feeds Now Available!

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

You can now save PubMed searches as RSS feeds and add them to your RSS reader. More information is available in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

The RSS feed is located with other delivery options under the “send to” pull down menu.

Two New Consumer Website Ranking Reports

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Consumer Reports has released rankings for twenty consumer health websites.

The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Government scores (excel file) is now available, with several government consumer health websites, including NLM and MedlinePlus, ranking high on the list.

From Wired News: Academic Journals Open to Change

Friday, June 10th, 2005

A new article in Wired about open access, including discussion of the NIH-funded publication submission announcement.
Wired News: Academic Journals Open to Change

PubMed on Tap Changes Name and Releases a Client Update

Tuesday, June 7th, 2005

New from the Pubmed on Tap developers:

PubMed on Tap is adopting a new name, MEDLINE Database on Tap, or MD on Tap, or just MDoT. Our introductory client is available for PDAs and smartphones with Palm operating systems. You can download the Palm version 1.7 client from

We’re exited about two new options:
1. When the Auto Spell Check option is selected, ambiguous search terms are replaced with those terms suggested by an internal NLM e-spell utility for the actual search. The actual terms used are shown at the bottom of the Search tab.
2. As an alternative to the default PubMed search engine, you can select Essie, an experimental probabilistic search engine developed at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications. Essie ranks results by relevance, then by date. These options can be combined with any (or all!) of the other search options. Also, a big, friendly “Go” button has replaced the magnifying glass as the icon to tap to execute your search. We hope you will try the new features and let us know what you think of them.

An equivalent Pocket PC client is under development.

Thank for trying MD on Tap and for your feedback.