On February 10th, 2015, Google announced the development of a new feature in their research engine to guide users towards sound evidence-based health information. It will take the form of a “knowledge graph” , an encyclopaedia providing users with information about an illness: from common symptoms to general treatment options . Most users have seen knowledge graphs before when searching through Google, usually about a celebrity, a country or a historic event. The information featured in this graph comes from Wikipedia, Google Images and other diverse sources of information that Google is compiling using a clever search algorithm to judge the relevance of the source. Continue reading eHealth governance: Google, dot-health and privatizing the Internet
The Programme for International Adult Assessment of Competencies (PIAAC) – the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD ) also calls it the Survey of Adult Skills – is an international effort to assess human skills and further develop our understanding of human capital, started in 2012 in 22 countries (listed below) and coordinated by the OECD. The list of participating countries will be extended to new participants during this decennial as new rounds of the PIAAC assessment are being implemented (participants of the second round of PIAAC are also listed).
The etymology of “statistics” points to the Latin verb stare (= to stand) as the far origin of the word. In addition to the meaning to stand, stare gave a handful of derivative words. More specifically, it gave the words “status”, or the “state” of something or someone, and the word “State”, which designates the government. In late Latin, the adjective statisticum was present in the administrative discourse to refer to something “that concerns the State”. This latter word gave today’s word “statistics” (Cellard, 1980). Statistics now refer intuitively to a quantitative (and positivist) approach to our scientific quest for knowledge, in opposition to a qualitative (and interpretive) approach.
On this Wednesday, June 25th, we are pleased to start the release of the special issue on Statistics and health.
Yesterday’s event was a great opportunity for students, editors, professors and researchers to meet & discuss. The Academic Advisor, Dr. Raywat Deonandan, and the Editor-in-Chief, Gatien de Broucker, spoke briefly about the journal and its outlook.
You may find the presentations (PowerPoint) shown at the event:
Pictures at the event
Again, we would like to thank Community Life Service of the University of Ottawa for their generous financial support and the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences for their institutional support.
The IJHS, with the kind support of Community Life Service at the University of Ottawa, is pleased to host a “5-à-7” on March 31st at the University of Ottawa (Canada).
Around food and beverages, this event is a great opportunity for students involved in research work to discuss publication and editorship possibilities with current editors, with several student journal representatives, with experienced professors, and with professionals and experts.
We are very pleased to receive the support of the renown Royal Statistical Society (United Kingdom) for our upcoming special issue on Statistics and Health. The Royal Statistical Society takes an active role in the discussions around open access and the availability of data, especially in the context of health systems. The organization also promotes initiatives to help develop statistical literacy and numeracy skills.
Recently, published articles received an increasing amount of comment submissions. We are very grateful to see how readers are engaging in the discussion with authors and other readers. The authors really appreciate this extra feedback that tells them more about the readers’ appreciation and understanding of their article.
Call for Submissions
Statistics and Health: In support of the study of the determinants of health (Special Issue)
December 2013 will close the Year of Statistics, a reminder of the past decades’ achievements and advancements in Science. Statistics have strongly contributed to the advancement of science with the development of solid research instruments but also by bringing us closer to each other by sharing the same language, similar logic, and concurrent findings.
We are pleased to launch this new web platform for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Health Sciences, in December 2013.