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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Top 25 Nursing Blogs (By the Numbers)

The Nursing Online Education Database has recently published their collection of the Top 25 Nursing Blogs

I think the piece highlights some difficult methodological challenges in assessing the "reach" of various web 2.0 technologies.

In ranking the top nurse blogs, their goal was to show — using objective data from reliable third-parties — which blogs are the most popular, according to visitor traffic and site backlinks. To this end, we used data for these four metrics to calculate the rankings: I'm not sure about their inclusion criteria (I suppose this blog, although primarily written by a nurse doesn't count because the focus is health informatics and elearning) or their methodology, I think it is a useful contribution to the emerging collection of metrics to measure impact - although I can't see it being included in the next Research Assessment Exercise.

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