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By Neil Jacobs and Lesly Huxley (Auth.)

Details execs are more and more accountable not just for working conventional details and library providers but additionally for supplying a web presence for his or her business enterprise. This booklet exhibits how most sensible perform in providing on-line details prone might be according to genuine person wishes and behavior. a chain of case reviews offer genuine existence examples of the way social technology details is getting used in the neighborhood. The booklet then attracts on those case experiences to stipulate the most concerns dealing with provider companies: corresponding to usability, metadata and administration. The booklet concludes with a glance to the long run and the way either technological and organisational alterations will form on-line info services.

  • Case reports exhibit how - in sensible phrases - details technology matters relate to clients' behaviour
  • Written via specialists within the box, with each one bankruptcy drawing on either case reviews and large adventure within the field
  • Can be used as an in depth reference or an summary

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Funding can be an issue: some groups have greater funding, so are able to obtain more hard copies for their reviewers. Future needs The quality of reviews performed for the Cochrane Library is paramount. This is in conflict with lack of time to identify the ever-increasing amounts of information produced. Methods to help collect information more efficiently would be beneficial. This could include parity among database search functions. Internet availability of more, reliable, resources would also assist.

Of course, Jeremy gets part of this overview from his current awareness activities, discussed above. Finally, things are different if Jeremy is, for example, writing a book. In this case developing an overview of the topic is not so much a matter of sticking to a particular media source or of negotiation, but the more traditional kind of comprehensive information searching and synthesis. In fact, Jeremy does little of this kind of work these days, preferring to stick with shorter-term 35 Neil Jacobs projects that allow him to exploit his contacts, his up-to-date information and his skills at making connections.

Her group cannot afford to pay the British Library to perform searches. Whether or not there may be a time when all the resources she needs are available on the Internet may depend upon the providers and whether they need to make a profit. She points out that some resources can already be 50 The Cochrane Library: Jo and Ioannis accessed freely. For instance, some of her colleagues in other groups use MEDLINE and EMBASE which are freely available through PubMed, but the search mechanisms are less sophisticated so Jo is lucky that Bristol University subscribes to access them through Ovid.

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