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Thursday, December 06, 2007

QDOS v ego ogle

I've been asked to take part in Beta testing of QDOS, which is a new web site which aims to rank you based on your online activity. If you give the site your name and post code it calculates you a score, if you then tell it about your web site, blog, social networking profiles etc it then adds these into your score.

The result gives you not just a numerical score but also measures of; popularity, impact, activity and individuality - but I can't find (or validate) the algorithms it uses. It also lets you compare your score with others - but at the moment most of these are premiership footballers, Nobel Prize winners etc - so I'm not sure how valid this is.

I will admit to previously putting my own name into Google - the so called ego ogle - and watching page ranks for sites I run, but I think doing this too often is probably a sign of egotism.

I can't see either of these mechanisms being used in a future Research Assessment Exercise - but I do wonder if the metrics currently being developed will reach the same heights the citation indices have for academic publishing in paper journals as a measure of esteem.

By the way my QDOS score is 3703 - what is yours? I wonder if this post will put my score up?

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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

NHS Connecting for Health

Well, folks, I was invited to offer an 'outside' perspective on this UK phenomenon. Well, then, here goes nothing :
- I rec'd a forwarded message from someone (Rod I think and sometime in early November?) about this website about the NHS Connecting for Health.
- The message indicated it was only for UK folks (after a fashion). So, I thought i'd try and see if I could get an account.
- Viola! I was in and good to go. Not sure why but I was able to get in when others were not. Interesting site to be sure. I was only able to peruse it a few times but didn't seem to have many restrictions.
- However, Nov. 27th I rec'd an email stating this site was down for long-term maintenance. However, I was steered to another site if I really wanted some CUI tools: a Microsoft site - http://www.mscui.net. 
- A promise was also included in this Nov. 27th message: "Access to content will be restored to the www.cui.nhs.uk site in early 2008". So, I guess I'll just wait.

I'm told this sort of thing seems to be a pattern of the NHS. Is it?