Twitcidents and Pros of being a Wikipedian

Here are a few articles and news pieces I liked this week.

Of course, the entrepreneur (or startup company) is the doctor. As entrepreneurs, we solve pain. The best entrepreneurs solve a lot of pain for a lot of people. Often a customer doesn’t even realize the pain until being introduced to a product or company, but it’s pain nonetheless. Now, if entrepreneurs think of themselves as doctors, it’s easy to determine exactly how to solicit feedback from a customer.

Researchers from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have created Twitcident, a framework for filtering and analyzing tweets to crowdsource information about crises. For the past ten months the system has been in testing as a support program for the Dutch police and fire department.

Wikipedia editors are always searching for reliable sources. Unfortunately, that quest often leads to dead ends: out-of-print news articles, paywalled magazines, or books and journals locked in a company’s database. We’re happy to announce that the process just got a little easier with the donation of 1000 full-access, one-year accounts fromHighBeam Research to active Wikipedia editors.

Social media can be complex and cumbersome. However, if used effectively, healthcare providers can become more educated, and perhaps more compassionate clinicians.  There are two ways in which I have been able to use Medicine 2.0 applications to gain clinical insight: tracking research and information generated by other health care professionals, and reading about the healthcare experience from the patient perspective.