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The Next Steps...

The work on the DIOC project has been progressing nicely since the funding period started in March 2006. In October 2006, the Learning Center and the Publication Archive were released. Since that time members have been able to update their personal profiles and leave comments on most pages.

Here is a list of what to expect next in a loose chronological order:

  1. Research Opportunities Exchange
  2. Request Center
  3. Automatic Matching Process
  4. Career Development Center
  5. White Paper Center
  6. Starting a BioMed Central Journal

 

  1. Research Opportunities Exchange

    The Research Opportunities Exchange is closely related to the Project Directory and will allow researchers to find help for their own projects and to get involved in other projects which are of interest to them. Hopefully, this part of DIOC will encourage the involvement of young researchers in DI research projects and promote interest in DI postgraduate and internship programs worldwide.

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  2. Request Center

    Members from the dental & craniofacial researcher community will come to the DIOC with specific requests for help on their DI projects. Detailed Web forms will gather information about the research problem and ensure that their request is routed to an appropriate domain expert.

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  3. Automatic Matching Process

    The DIOC will feature an Automatic Matching Process, based on the detailed interest profiles of users. The matching process will ensure that the right information will be sent to the right user in the right format as soon as it is available. It is planned to automatically generate a personalized list of the MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) terms associated with that member's recent MEDLINE-indexed publications. The integration of such a system into the DI Online Community will identify researchers doing related work; assist investigators in the development of research initiatives and collaborations; enhance the visibility of research activities to those responsible for recruitment of new dental informaticians; support DIOC's CAS; and route research help requests from dental & craniofacial researchers to the appropriate person.

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  4. Career Development Center

    Following models of some professional organizations, individual mentoring and professional development plan reviews will be an integral part of DIOC. We want to provide sample mentor agreements and mentor guidelines. At the Career Development Center, new DI researchers will be able to learn from more experienced members of the research community. We will include detailed information on NIH career development grants (K, etc.).

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  5. White Paper Center

    One section of DIOC will work on the development of white papers for wider distribution. Members active in this section will also work on the compilation of a literature body used for evidence-based DI as well as the controlled vocabulary used to index the information stored in DIOC's databases. We believe that there is need for a specific and rigorously developed controlled vocabulary for DI. Such a vocabulary should be based on the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS).

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  6. Starting a BioMed Central Journal

    This section of DIOC will address the absence of a research-focused venue for publication in dental informatics. Working within the BioMed Central effort already underway, the potential for establishing a peer-reviewed, scholarly, open access electronic journal in dental infromatics seems an obvious direction in which to proceed once DIOC is well-established. A peer-reviewed scholarly open access journal that is indexed in MEDLINE has the potential to succeed where new journals that are publisher-defined and expensive may not have been successful in the past. A virtual journal with a community of editors and editorial board members drawn from DIOC adds not only a focused journal, but also an outlet for the collective wisdom of the participants.

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Comments:

Raymond Unland Jr. (non-member), 05/25/2009:
I echo Panagiotis Lagouvardos's comments. For example, I have a problem now with receiving a digital x-ray from another practitioner: they do not know how to send the x-ray using their software. And because I do not have it, I cannot walk them thru it.

A forum like this will give us the opportunity to share ideas and problems like this one.
valerie j h powell rt(r) phd (17 ), 03/12/2009:
I am interested in getting in touch with others interested in clinical data integration (medical-dental) and others who would like to contribute to http://www.infroref.org/MedDentDataArtic4.htm

Valerie
panagiotis lagouvardos (4 ), 01/1/2009:
The online community is a wonderfull idea that will help many researchers and teachers to aim their research and education targets into more advanced and helpfull applications for the dental practitioner and educator.

Congratulations

I would, however, consider very important the existance in this site a place where all available dental software, private or commercial would appear. This will also lead later on in a forum where these applications will be discussed. So the really good apllications would find their way to the market and most importantly to their use in everyday clinical practice or education. It will also help software developers to focus their research and effort in developing softwre in areas that rhere is really a need, saving time and money in their effort.

 

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