Objectives: This project is an attempt to visualize the results of PubMed searches in a variety of different ways: topics and how they overlap with Venn diagrams, aspects of a search (MeSH categories and subheadings) with bar graphs, geographic areas by choropleth, and how results change by year using a line graph.
Results: The applications successfully display a visualization of the aggregate results of an individual search and facilitate the easy comparison of that search with others. The applications and their source code can be found at https://github.com/esperr.
Conclusion: Visualizing the results of a search in aggregate is a potentially useful way for experienced searchers to refine their search strategies. Viewing PubMed in this way is also an interesting exercise for those who utilize bibliometric analysis of the biomedical literature. Finally, these applications are intended as examples of how relatively simple programing can stitch together APIs and libraries to create new interfaces to our databases.
Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership
Ed Sperr, M.L.I.S. has served the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership since 2016, when he was hired as that institution's first Clinical Information Librarian. Ed provides point-of-care information to the Residents in the Graduate Medical Education program and works with them to develop the skills needed to find and evaluate the information necessary for clinical decision-making. A native of Augusta, Georgia, Ed has also worked in health science libraries in South Carolina, Massachusetts and the Caribbean. His current area of research is using visualization tools to explore bibliographic citations.
Tuesday, May 30
4:00 PM – 4:05 PM
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