Using Google Blogs and Discussions to Recommend Biomedical Resources: A Case Study

Robyn Reed, Ansuman Chattopadhyay, Carrie L. Iwema

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Abstract

This case study investigated whether data gathered from discussions within the social media provide a reliable basis for a biomedical resources recommendation system. Using a search query to mine text from Google Blogs and Discussions, a ranking of biomedical resources was determined based on those most frequently mentioned. To establish quality, these results were compared with rankings by subject experts. An overall agreement between the frequency of social media discussions and subject expert recommendations was observed when identifying key bioinformatics and consumer health resources. Testing the method in more than one biomedical area implies this procedure could be employed across different subjects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-411
Number of pages16
JournalMedical Reference Services Quarterly
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences

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