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Are Narrow NOT Broad citations any good?

One critique I received on my presentation about what gets missed when only using the “Broad” version of the PubMed clinical queries was that maybe the citations missed were not “true positives”. That is, they might have characteristics in common that make them both invisible to the Broad query and also somehow less fit for purpose than their Narrow AND Broad fellows.

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I was honorably mentioned!

I am pleased to announce that Members by Interest took “Honorable Mention” in the Congressional Data Challenge! Many thanks to the judges and the folks at the Library of Congress. Many congratulations to the winners as well!

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Mind the Gap!

Another talk I presented at the 2018 Meeting of the Medical Library Association was on something I discovered while testing the hedges feature in Search Workbench. To wit, some searches using the “Narrow” version of a Clinical Query return results that are not seen when using the “Broad” version. This is particularly apparent when you examine the “Prognosis” queries:

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(Formally) Presenting Search Workbench

While attending the 2018 Meeting of the Medical Library Association, I had the opportunity to present Search Workbench in a lightning talk. If you have access to the online meeting materials, you can check out the video here.

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Introducing Members by Interest

Members by Interest is another entry for the Congressional Data Competition.

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Introducing Committee Flow

I’ve put together a couple of new applications in response to the Library of Congress-sponsored Congressional Data Competition. The remit for this was to “…leverage that data to create new meaning or tools to help members of Congress and the public explore it in new ways.”

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Tweaks to News in Proportion

I’ve done some Fall Fixin’ on News in Proportion to reflect recent changes to the Chronicling America API and make the app layout more well-behaved.

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Same but different

Poking around in PubMed with a visual search tool such as Search Workbench can reveal an interesting pattern: different concepts sometimes perform similarly over time even though they refer to fairly distinct sets of citations.

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Printing tweaks

If you use PubVenn, you will note a small improvement in the way the printable output is handled. Now, when you click the “Printable version” link at the bottom of the Venn diagram, you will find that the image that shows up is savable as a PNG file in all browsers. This seems more directly useful than a SVG file for most use cases.

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Introducing Search Workbench

Today marks the formal release of Search Workbench. A natural extension of the work in Visualizing PubMed, Search Workbench allows you to examine, edit and visualize your PubMed searches from a single interface.

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Poking at Parentheses

Software Projects are sometimes 99% done, but they’re rarely completely finished. This is particularly true when the process of developing something new causes you to go back and reevaluate earlier design decisions.

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MeSH Notes

Just (virtually) attended Advanced PubMed: MeSH from NNLM. Very cool! I was playing around in PubVenn with some of the examples we covered, and I found some (potentially) interesting things.

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Minor Enhancement Alert!

This is a quick announcement that I have added a new feature to PubVenn. You can now share a favorite search via URL (just as you can with PubMed by Year).

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Five minutes goes by fast!

Just posted the recording of my lightning talk at the 2017 meeting of the Medical Library Association where I talked about Visualizing PubMed. You get five minutes and three slides (though one could stretch that by using animations). Still can’t believe how fast it went by…

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We've Got Updates...

PubVenn has been (finally) updated to the newest verion of Ben Frederickson’s excellent venn.js.

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The Littlest Webservice

As (hopefully) demonstrated by Visualizing PubMed, there is almost no end to the cool things you can do using the E-Utilities API to PubMed (and other NCBI databases). However, there are some limitations that one needs to keep in mind when developing interactive tools. Chief among these is the admonition that one should make no more than three requests per second to the API.

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Slides from Code4Lib Southeast 2017

I just put the slides from my presentation at Code4LibSE 2017 up on Athenaeum (the UGA IR): http://hdl.handle.net/10724/36962.

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Going to Atlanta

Assuming that the rest of Atlanta’s transportation infrastructure doesn’t catch fire between here and then, I’ll be headed West to Code4LibSE 2017 to talk about Visualizing PubMed

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