Cochrane Information Specialist Support Team digest
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Issue 13 | June 2016

The Support Team has now been fully in place for a year, and Cochrane Information Specialists have now had a year's worth of Support Team digests! We hope you're continuing to find them useful. If there's something you'd like us to cover, a question you'd like us to investigate or a tip or trick you'd like to share with us, please get in touch -

Do you know about HLWIKI?

HLWIKI International is an open, free to use global encyclopedia, with 10 portals on health librarianship, social media and a range of information technology topics. It is curated by a team of international health librarians.

It was originally created eight years ago to support a course at the School of Library Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in Canada, but has since grown to become a vast resource on health librarianship and other topics. It recently reached the milestone of over 16 million page views.

The portals include the Data Management Portal, Information Technology Topics, and Managing Health Libraries.

Of particular interest to Cochrane Information Specialists will be the Systematic Review Searching section, which links out to all kinds of useful information, including search filters, PRISMA resources and articles on horizon estimation (ie when should you stop searching?).

There is also a section on text mining, which introduces concepts and links out to some examples.

SRC Methods Library

Robyn Paynter recently contacted the IRMG mailing list about a new, searchable online biblographic database focused on searching in evidence synthesis. It is part of the SRC Methods Library, which collects citations about evidence synthesis from a wide range of disciplines. The database subfile on searching includes 932 citations, ranging from guidance and methods studies to expert opinions. No login is required and keyword searching is available. Access the searching subfile here.
Reporting regulatory data

Methods Innovation Fund (MIF) launches project on inclusion of data from regulatory documents

The Reviews and Methods Digest reported recently that a MIF project has begun to look at including regulatory data from clinical study reports (CSRs) in systematic reviews. CSRs are produced as part of the pharmaceutical licensing process, and provide much more detail than journal articles. Guidance is being developed for Cochrane, exploring the rationale for considering CSRs and other regulatory documents in reviews. The project team have launched three surveys, looking at these issues and would like feedback: You can find guidance about searching for regulatory data on the CIS Portal, on the Searching and Text Mining page, under the heading Clinical Trials Registers and Regulatory Databases.
CRSO and the Cochrane Library - MeSH issues

CRSO, the Cochrane Library and MeSH

We've recently been made aware of an issue with MeSH in CRSO versus the Cochrane Library. Since the MeSH reload in January, the MeSH in CRSO and in the Wiley version of CENTRAL no longer match up.

For example, if you take the MeSH for Anticoagulants, searching the term in its unexploded form will retrieve the same results in CRSO and Wiley CENTRAL. However, if you explode the term, you will get many more results in CRSO than you will in Wiley CENTRAL. This is because CRSO MeSH correlates with the MeSH used by Ovid, and now includes more headings than Wiley MeSH. This issue has been reported to the team at Wiley, but it may be some time before a resolution is arrived at.

In the meantime, CISs should be aware of this issue when they are searching either CENTRAL via CRSO or CENTRAL via Wiley.

Thanks to Joshua Cheyne, CIS at Cochrane Stroke, for bringing this to our attention.
Third text mining webinar

Developing structured conceptual breakdowns

The recording of the third in the series of text mining webinars is now available here. Julie Glanville looks at developing structured conceptual breakdowns.

The programme:
  • How do we typically identify the concepts we are going to use in our search?
    • What are the challenges of choosing a conceptual breakdown?
    • Discussion
  • What other approaches have you tried out, other than PICO?
    • Discussion
  • Presentation of selected  non-PICO conceptual breakdowns
    • What are they?
    • What are they for?
    • How do they work?
  • Questions and discussion
  • Homework
    • Question: What is the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of interventions, systems and processes that change health and social care practitioners’ decision making to ensure appropriate antimicrobial stewardship
    • Carry out scoping searches on the topic and explore which conceptual breakdowns you might try out
    • Try to record your development process and the thinking behind your final choice of topic
The fourth and final session, 'Moving beyond structured conceptual breakdowns – searches with multi stranded approach', is scheduled for 11 July 2016, 15:00 BST; 14:00 UCT. If you haven't already done so, contact Sam to join the webinar.
Question from the helpdesk

How do I delete or rename a batch in the CRS?

We recently had a question to the CIS Support inbox about working with batches in the CRS.

Deleting a batch is straightforward, you should go to the browse screen, click on "Batch" and then the "Delete Batch" tab. You can then select the batch you want to delete and click "delete". However, this will not delete the records in the batch from your segment, it will merely delete that particular grouping of records.

If you want to delete the records as well, go to the browse screen, click on "Batch" and then select the batch of records for deleting. Mark all the records and then go to "Action" on the toolbar and select "Delete marked records". The batch will then be empty, you can delete it completely by going to "Batch", then the "Delete batch" tab, selecting the batch and clicking "Delete".

Renaming batches is done by selecting the batch in the Browse screen as outlined above, and marking the records in the batch. You can then go to "Action" on the tool bar and select "Add marked records to batch", add them to the new batch with a new name and then delete  the old batch as above.

Save the date - 22nd October!

The CIS Support Team and Metaxis are holding a pre-Colloquium workshop at the Grand Hilton Seoul on Saturday 22nd October. It will be an all-day event on CRS Web. We will send further information over the next few months as the agenda develops, but if you are planning to attend please factor this into your travel plans.
Contact us...
Don't forget, previous editions of the Cochrane Information Specialist Support Team digest are available on the CIS Portal (Archie login required)

Contact the Support Team for help with any Cochrane Information Specialist related issue (including CRS technical support):
The Cochrane Information Specialist Support Team:
Liz Doney I Sam Faulkner I Ruth Foxlee
Anne Littlewood I Doug Salzwedel
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