[Health] Health Sciences Online : a free online search for health science materials

Samuel Klein sj at laptop.org
Wed Dec 17 01:21:47 EST 2008


Here's a launch announcement for HSO.info , a health science
information portal that has been in development for the past couple of
years.  They use Google translation and Vivisimo's Velocity search to
make materials available in over 20 languages... it's pretty sweet.

(If Vivisimo rings a bell, they launched Clusty a few years back with
the first really awesome Wikipedia tab, inspiring a few copycats in
search engines that followed).

Take a look.  You can send Kshamica feedback directly if you like; her
info is below.
The next question is, how to get this fine collection of refs and info
into Wikipedia, where health information is still distinctly lacking
in many areas...


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Kshamica S. Nimalasuriya <knimala at hso.info>
Date: Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 1:03 AM
Subject: SJ, we'd like your help in spreading the word on HSO! -
launching tomorrow!
To: Samuel Klein <sj at laptop.org>

Dear SJ,
Health Sciences Online launches this week as the only authoritative,
comprehensive, free, and ad-free resource in medicine and other health

www.hso.info is the only site where physicians and other health
professionals in training and in practice can search over 50,000 courses,
references, guidelines, and other high-quality, current, free, and ad-free
health sciences resources, reviewed and selected by our knowledgeable staff.

Founding collaborators for this site include CDC, World Bank, the American
College of Preventive Medicine, and the University of British Columbia, and
funders include WHO, the Canadian government, the NATO Science for Peace
initiative, and the Annenberg Physician Training Program.

Former CDC Director Jeff Koplan calls HSO  "a visionary undertaking"  and
World Bank heralds it as "globally democratizing health science knowledge."
HSO is expected by WHO "to make a considerable contribution to the
advancement of e-learning worldwide" (we're available for searching and
reading text in 22 languages).

I write with the hope that you will share this resource information with
your trainees, faculty, and other colleagues, and post it on your
newsletters.  We look forward to hearing about your experiences with
www.hso.info and ways in which you'd like to collaborate to encourage this
tool's use - we are beginning to establish training programs using HSO
around the world.


Kshamica S. Nimalasuriya, MD, MPH
Post-doctoral Fellow
Preventive Medicine Residency Program
Emory University School of Medicine
Project Director
Health Sciences Online
69 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, SE
Atlanta, GA  30303-3219
310.210.4252 (ph)
563.405.2873 (fax)
knimala at hso.info

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