Hodges' Model: Welcome to the QUAD

- provides a space devoted to the conceptual framework known as Hodges' model. Read about this resource for HEALTH, SOCIAL CARE, INFORMATICS and EDUCATION. The model can facilitate PERSON-CENTREDNESS, CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, HOLISTIC CARE and REFLECTION. Follow the development of a new website using Drupal as I finalise my research question with part 2 starting in 2016. See our bibliography, archive and please get in touch [@h2cm]. Welcome.

Friday, February 12, 2016

2nd Workshop: Conceptual Spaces at Work - 25-27 August 2016, Sweden

The workshop focuses on concepts and their applications using the theory of Conceptual Spaces (CS), as introduced by Peter Gärdenfors (2000). 


Applications of Conceptual Spaces
It provides a geometric model for the representation of human conceptual knowledge that bridges the symbolic and the sub-conceptual levels of representation. The model has already proven to have a broad range of applicability, not only within cognitive science but also across a number of disciplines related to concepts and representation. 

A sample of this work is collected in Zenker & Gärdenfors (2015), based on papers presented in Conceptual Spaces at Work 2012 at Lund University.

Continued...

(I hope to attend.)

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

​2016 ​Mixed Methods International Research Association Global Conference

Conference Theme: Moving Beyond the Linear Model: The Role of Mixed Methods Research in an Age of Complexity

Conference Dates: Wednesday, 3 August 2016 to Saturday, 6 August 2016

Conference Details: The 2nd International Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA) conference will take place August 3rd-5th 2016 at Durham University, UK. This conference will provide an outstanding opportunity for attendees to examine the role of mixed methods in applied social research. We seek to address questions and critical concerns through a form of social inquiry that stresses the importance of understanding the complexity of the social world and addresses the issues identified by Unger when he noted that: … a practice of social and historical explanation, sensitive to structure but aware of contingency is not yet at hand. We must build it as we go along by reconstructing the available tools of social science and social theory. Its absence denies us a credible account of how transformation happens (Roberto Unger Democracy Realized London Verso 1998 24).

The theme of this conference is to center mixed methods research approaches as one of the key ways in which we can, in Unger’s words, ‘reconstruct the available tools of social science’ and the focus on social transformation putting social science back where it should be – front and center in relation to public debate, engagement and the driving of social change.

After requests we have extended the deadline for Abstract Submissions to 31st March 2016.

We are also inviting submissions for panels where the panel organizer will suggest a theme and a set of presenters. Normally panels will include 3 or 4 participants.

We look forward to receiving your submissions and to a successful international and interdisciplinary conference!

​I hope to see you there,

R. Burke Johnson​

My source: Educational Research and Methodology Listserv
 List Service Info http://listserv.uconn.edu 

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Sunday, February 07, 2016

Hodges' model - Integrating the five vignettes?

Some reading while working on my research proposal:


Vignette methodologies for studying clinicians’ decision-making: Validity, utility, and application in ICD-11 field studies

Abstract

Vignette-based methodologies are frequently used to examine judgments and decision-making processes, including clinical judgments made by health professionals. Concerns are sometimes raised that vignettes do not accurately reflect “real world” phenomena, and that this affects the validity of results and conclusions of these studies. This article provides an overview of the defining features, design variations, strengths, and weaknesses of vignette studies as a way of examining how health professionals form clinical judgments (e.g., assigning diagnoses, selecting treatments). As a “hybrid” of traditional survey and experimental methods, vignette studies can offer aspects of both the high internal validity of experiments and the high external validity of survey research in order to disentangle multiple predictors of clinician behavior. When vignette studies are well designed to test specific questions about judgments and decision-making, they can be highly generalizable to “real life” behavior, while overcoming the ethical, practical, and scientific limitations associated with alternative methods (e.g., observation, self-report, standardized patients, archival analysis). We conclude with methodological recommendations and a description of how vignette methodologies are being used to investigate clinicians’ diagnostic decisions in case-controlled field studies for the ICD-11 classification of mental and behavioural disorders, and how these studies illustrate the preceding concepts and recommendations.


Evans, Roberts, Keeley, Blossom, Amaro, Garcia, . . . Reed. (2015). Vignette methodologies for studying clinicians’ decision-making: Validity, utility, and application in ICD-11 field studies. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 15(2), 160-170. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijchp.2014.12.001 

Abstract

Vignette studies use short descriptions of situations or persons (vignettes) that are usually shown to respondents within surveys in order to elicit their judgments about these scenarios. By systematically varying the levels of theoretically important vignette characteristics a large population of different vignettes is typically available – too large to be presented to each respondent. Therefore, each respondent gets only a subset of vignettes. These subsets may either be randomly selected in following the tradition of the factorial survey or systematically selected according to an experimental design. We show that these strategies in selecting vignette sets have strong implications for the analysis and interpretation of vignette data. Random selection strategies result in a random confounding of effects and heavily rely on the assumption of no interaction effects. In contrast, experimental strategies systematically confound interaction effects with main or set effects, thereby preserving a meaningful interpretation of main and important interaction effects. Using a pilot study on attitudes toward immigrants we demonstrate the implementation and analysis of a confounded factorial design.

Atzmüller, C., & Steiner, P. (2010). Experimental Vignette Studies in Survey Research. Methodology: European Journal of Research Methods for the Behavioral and Social Sciences, 6(3), 128-138. DOI: 10.1027/1614-2241/a000014 

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Friday, February 05, 2016

New Zika Fact Sheet in English & Spanish - c/o [hipnet]

The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease, has reached epidemic proportions in Brazil and is moving north through Central America and the Caribbean. Several cases have been reported in the US and the World Health Organization estimates Zika will appear in nearly every country in our hemisphere, except the cooler areas of Canada and Chile.

To help people cope with this disease, Hesperian has rapidly developed emergency information on Zika, its symptoms, and how to take personal and community-wide precautions to limit its spread. Now available in English and Spanish, we are working on translations in Portuguese and Haitian Kreyol to ensure this health information reaches the people who need it most.

I hope you find this online, printable resource helpful. Please share it widely with your networks:

English http://en.hesperian.org/hhg/Zika#
Spanish http://es.hesperian.org/hhg/Zika

​Best,
Rachel Grinstein​
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Rachel Grinstein
Development and Marketing Associate
Hesperian Health Guides
www.hesperian.org

Check out our two new titles:
   

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Thursday, February 04, 2016

"Values in Advanced Directives" mapped to Hodges' model

Hechter, et al. (1999) consider values in respect of advanced directives and medical treatment. The authors discuss an old debate in social science that still divides objectivists and subjectivists. Below, with my emphasis the four designated values are mapped to Hodge' model:

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(ii) self-concept values involving feelings of dignity, self-control, and/or physical capacity (designated as function);


(i) hedonic values about pain, aversive physical states, chances for recovery to some minimally satisfactory level, and so forth (designated hereafter as pain);


(iii) allocentric values referring to concerns with creating an emotional burden for family and/or loved ones (designated as burden)

(iv) financial considerations (designated as cost) (p.409). 


Since 1999 and considering the above I have added the following additions to reflect elements of change and a more generic view:



identity, self-expression (of needs), consistency in expressed wishes, intentionality, mood, alternative-adaptive forms of communication, time - active listening


distance, logistics (family, friends), what telecare might offer in terms of communication, evidence-based interventions, measures, assessment


independent advocacy, standards of social care, 'appropriate' placement for ongoing care, social - life history;

legislation - mental capacity, advocacy, evidence-based care - policy, pension, safeguarding;


While the focus of Hechter, et al. is specific these values also apply in a more generic sense. As students and lifelong learners engage with patients, carers and public they must learn to have due regard for the totality of values that might be encountered.


Hechter, M., Ranger-Moore, J., Jasso, G., & Horne, C. (1999). Do Values Matter? An Analysis of Advance Directives for Medical Treatment. European Sociological Review, 15(4), 405-430.

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016

LE t's GO

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Elahe Izadi (2016) The disabled Lego figures that have sparked actual tears of joy. Independent.

Photo source [mirrored]: 
http://www.11alive.com/story/entertainment/2016/01/30/lego-introduces-first-figure-disability/79594686/

Lego: "If you build it, they will come"

Will they - really? I wonder and hope so...

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Monday, February 01, 2016

Definition of a conceptual framework, Antonenko (2015)

"Definition of a conceptual framework  
Anecdotal evidence obtained from numerous discussions with students, colleagues, and the few research design books that address the issue of conceptual frameworks (e.g., Ravitch and Riggan 2012) indicates that the construct conceptual framework is viewed from at least three perspectives. The first, and most superficial, view defines conceptual framework as a visual representation of the structure of the study and its alignment with the relevant theoretical foundations. According to this view, conceptual framework is a figure, typically presented as a concept map, that summarizes all key information presented in the literature review of the study" (p.55).
At first it is confusing when within academic writing you have to present your theoretical - conceptual framework. In Hodges' model I already have one. Antonenko is very informative but I don't believe that this first definition is necessarily that superficial. It depends on the context and purpose. There is something in instrumental value that seems closely allied with the visual form and the paper provides an example.

If as Antonenko suggests there is a conceptual framework presented in the literature review, perhaps Hodges' model as a conceptual framework that can integrate discussion and the conclusion(s)? From the paper there are other points of note - even in the sub-headings alone, for example:

Conceptual framework is more than a literature review
The connective function of conceptual frameworks

Discipline is essential to prevent any risk of superficiality, or navel-gazing and Antonenko lists many strategies, including:
Avoiding getting stuck in a ‘‘no-risk’’ zone (Miles and Huberman 1994, p. 22), a situation where all concepts in the framework are abstract and interconnected. Informed commitments must be made regarding what the researcher finds as most relevant and important pieces of the conceptual framework. The entire point of building a conceptual framework is to be explicit and selective about the focus of the study (p.66).

Antonenko, P. D. (2015). The instrumental value of conceptual frameworks in educational technology research. Educational Technology Research and Development. 63(1), 53–71. http://doi.org/10.1007/s11423-014-9363-4

My source and with many thanks:
Technology Enhanced Learning studies, Module 6. Lancaster Univ.

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Join the Grid: Africa Research Methods Library of Alexandria

Jan 30, 2016 BY FRANCIS OHANYIDO

“In Africa there are so few people trained in research methods. Without skills in research methods and training, one cannot publish in top journals. What then can be done to change this?"
Professor Ron LaPorte, Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology and co-founder of the Supercourse of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh WHO collaborating Center.

In answer to the challenge posed in the quote by Professor LaPorte, in collaboration with the team at the Library of Alexandria, we have developed a completely free (open access) research methods library that is one of the largest in the world where faculty and students can go to have their research methods answers answered, and we encourage researchers, faculties and students across Africa to be part of the new Africa Rising in research.

Let me share this abstract by some of my colleagues on the work we are doing at in an article presented to the Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA) 3rd International Annual Conference, which held in Toronto, Canada in August 29015, with the title : “Research Methods Library of Alexandria to Boost Scientific Productivity in Africa”. It was led by Ronald LaPorte, Ph.D, (University of Pittsburgh) with Ismail Serageldin, Ph.D., (Library of Alexandria), Musa Kana, M.D. , Eugene Schubnikov, M.D., and Faina Linkov, Ph.D. as co-authors . The abstract read:

"During the past decade there has been a threefold marked acceleration of research in Africa. Despite this increase, still only 2.5% of the world’s literature is published from Africa. We want to markedly increase this. Often, when people see this fact, they argue that more international and national money should be spent. However, it is unlikely in the near future that there will be a marked increase in funding for science.

We have taken a different, potentially very effective, but frugal approach. For 76% of the articles that are rejected, the reason is due to poor research methods. In Africa, there are brilliant young investigators with outstanding research ideas, yet they have problems publishing. The reason for the difficulty is what we call “stataphobia”, which is the fear of statistics and not having access to help. In Africa, in many countries, there are few people trained in research methods. It does not matter how bright a young person is, they cannot publish without a knowledge of statistics.

We therefore have built the “Research Methods Library of Alexandria (RMLA)”.

http://ssc.bibalex.org/helpdesk/introduction.jsf

This is a one-stop shopping center for answers to research methods. We have over 2,000 research and YouTube presentations, an “ask a research librarian”, numerous courses, free statistics books and software, scientific apps, and a survey portal. It is the largest library of research methods yet created. Everyone can use it for free.

We have just built a network of users. We have identified over 10,000 faculty members in medical schools in Africa and provided information about the program. Over 200 universities have put a “RMLA Button” on their site so that if one has a question about research methods, they click on the button and are whisked to the RMLA to find answers. We are also planning a top quality scientific journal that is peer reviewed, in the English Language, and of open access. It will also be one of the first “mentored” journals where the editors help authors with good ideas and data.

We are starting with health research, but will shortly expand to agriculture, climate, and computer engineering."

Research Methods Library of Alexandria to Boost Scientific Productivity in Africa. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/280884374_Research_Methods_Library_of_Alexandria_to_Boost_Scientific_Productivity_in_Africa

Do you want to become a champion for strengthening scientific research publication in Africa and also become a foundation member of the RMLA ? Or do you desire more information for yourself or your institution?, It is simple. Just write to us and we will have you participate.

There are two requests that we ask in the beginning:

Go and examine the RMLA. http://ssc.bibalex.org/helpdesk/introduction.jsf

Distribute this information to all students and faculty you can reach, as we believe that not only researchers should know a little about research methods, but all students in higher education in Africa should have some grounding in at least basic research. For example in the US most people think that in Africa people are more likely to be killed by a lion than walking across the street!!

The 3 component which is not required at this point, is if for you and your University or Academic or Training Institution become a regional member of the RMLA.

This is free, and we ask that you put a Library of Alexandria link/button on your site

WE have given about 7-10 research methods training courses throughout the world which really benefit students. If we can establish a joint virtual program with the approaches above, we could discuss a regional program.

My colleague Dr Musa Kana and I would be presenting the RMLA at a special panel at this year’s Biovision 2016 Conference in Egypt coming April. BioVision Alexandria , as it is referred to , is an important gathering that brings together distinguished speakers and Nobel Laureates from the four corners of the globe through rich discussions that commemorate science and the finest achievements of the human intellect. We would also be giving a course on research methods at The Society for the Advancement of Science in Africa (SASA) meetings in Nairobi, August 2016.

You are welcome to be part of the Africa RMLA today.

Contact emails:
Africaglobalhealth AT gmail.com , Ronaldlaporte AT gmail.com
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Dr. Francis O.Ohanyido

Remember this well:

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". (WHO)

"Health is a Right". (IPHF)

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My source: HIFA

If there are any similar initiatives in the Middle East, Asia, South America, Oceania... please advise.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Video: Concepts for Nursing Practice, Giddens



With an email seemingly lost I have registered and applied for a review copy of Gidden's Concepts for Nursing Practice. The 2e is published next month. I do hope for a positive response.

Gidden's approach, also proposed by others clearly has a great synergy with Hodges' model in concept-based learning and the learner's career. The most interesting aspect of this is to try to respond to the short-comings of a purely conceptual basis for curricula. I'm sure this is possible combining a pragmatic view of knowledge, an evaluation research design, threshold concepts and conceptual spaces with Hodges' model.

Giddens, J. (2013). Concepts for nursing practice. St. Louis, Mo.: Mosby/Elsevier.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Call for Special Issues - International Journal of Nursing Studies

The International Journal of Nursing Studies, nursing’s #1 ranked journal (2014 IF 2.9, 5 year IF 3.2), is requesting proposals for special issues.

IJNS provides a forum for original research and scholarship about health care delivery, organisation, management, workforce, policy and research methods relevant to nursing, midwifery and other health related professions. The IJNS aims to support evidence informed policy and practice by publishing research, systematic and other scholarly reviews, critical discussion, and commentary of the highest standard.



The journal particularly welcomes studies that aim to evaluate and understand complex health care interventions and health policies and which employ the most rigorous designs and methods appropriate for the research question of interest. The journal also seeks to advance the quality of research by publishing methodological papers introducing or elaborating on analytic techniques, measures, and research methods.

The journal has been publishing original peer-reviewed articles of interest to the international health care community since 1963, making it one of the longest standing repositories of scholarship in this field. The IJNS offers authors the benefits of:

  • A highly respected journal in its field with consistently high impact
  • Indexed in major databases: PubMed, Medline, Thomson Reuters - Science Citation Index, Scopus, Thomson Reuters - Social Science Citation Index, CINAHL and the BNI (British Nursing Index).
  • A truly global readership
  • Highly efficient editorial processes: average time from submission to first decision of 4 weeks
  • Rapid initial screening for suitability and editorial interest
  • Excellent peer reviewers drawn from a range of health service research disciplines
  • Early online publication as Article in Press - fully citable by your peers - on average 8 weeks after acceptance.
Individuals interested in submitting a special issue proposal should use the guidelines below to submit a letter of interest to Ian Norman (ian.j.norman AT kcl.ac.uk) and Peter Griffiths (peter.griffiths AT soton.ac.uk). Issues with systematic reviews are strongly encouraged.

PROPOSAL FOR A SPECIAL ISSUE

We have introduced a procedure for proposing Special Issues, which involves writing a reasonably brief proposal structured under the following headings/issues. If you would be willing to do this we would be pleased to consider your proposal further. The headings are:

1. Proposed title of the Special Issue (SI).
2. Why you are the person to do this? Reputation in the field, key papers authored etc?
3. A paragraph about the topic which provides a rationale for the SI.
4. Reference to and brief outline of key papers from previous issues of the IJNS, and from other journals which illustrate the sort of material you would like to see in the SI.
5. Key authors in the field who you would invite a literature review/systematic review and/or an editorial.
- Special Issues of the IJNS comprise 14 – 16 papers, or which a minimum of four would normally be reviews.
6. Key networks, mailing lists etc. where the special issue could be publicised and the call for papers disseminated.
7. Possible co-guest editor(s), ideally (although not necessarily) based in another continent to you.


Allison Squires, PhD, RN, FAAN
Assistant Professor & Director of International Education, NYU College of Nursing
Research Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine
433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Email: aps6 AT nyu.edu
Tel: 212-992-7074
Skype: allisonguera
Twitter: ASquiresPhDRN
Blog: http://nursementor.blogspot.com/
Webpage: http://nursing.nyu.edu/people/squires_allison
Associate Editor – International Journal of Nursing Studies
2014 Impact Factor 2.9, 5 year Impact factor 3.2!
# 1 Nursing Journal, Top 20 Health Services Research Journal


My source: GANM

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Drupal 2016 Global Training Days



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Please visit: 2016 Global Training Days


My source: Lizz Trudeau, Drupal Association

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Monday, January 25, 2016

4th UK Health Literacy Conference

Health Literacy at the Deep End: Addressing Health Inequalities

Friday 18th March 2016

Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel (formerly The Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre), Beardmore St, Clydebank, Glasgow, G81 4SA

We are delighted to confirm that our 4th UK conference will be opened by Maureen Watt, Minister for Public Health Scotland and chaired by Jo Protheroe, Chair of the Health Literacy Group UK, and Graham Kramer, National Clinical Lead for Self-Management and Health Literacy in Scotland.

They will be joined by high profile speakers from across the UK, sharing current thinking, research and practice in a series of parallel sessions and workshops. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Scotland, Catherine Calderwood, will conclude what hopes to be a very exciting and productive day.

Click here for our conference programme

The day delegate rate for the conference is only £100 and includes tea, coffee and lunch. The pre-conference event is £10.

To reserve your place at this popular event, please complete the registration form and return it to s.weir AT keele.ac.uk by 28th February 2016.

Conference hashtag #ukhl2016

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Journal special issue 2014: Diagrammatic Reasoning


Diagrammatic Reasoning

Special issue of Pragmatics & Cognition 22:2 (2014)

Edited by Riccardo Fusaroli and Kristian Tylén
[Pragmatics & Cognition, 22:2]  2014.  v, 107 pp.

My source: Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 651.
W. McCarty.


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Sensory overload: Pain-ting

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Francis Bacon, Study for the nurse in the film “Battleship Potemkin”, 1957










Tate, Liverpool, 18 May - 18 September 2016 Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms

Städel Museum. FRANCIS BACON
STUDY FOR THE NURSE IN THE FILM “BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN”, 1957

Zeki, S., & Ishizu, T. (2013). The “Visual Shock” of Francis Bacon: an essay in neuroesthetics. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 850. http://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00850

My source:
Pickford, J. (2016). In focus: Bacon's works come out of the shadows. FT Weekend. 23-24 January. p.2. http://on.ft.com/1ZTlgsC

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sensory Deprivation

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Sensory Deprivation Skull chair by Atelier Van Lieshout, 2007








My source:
Heathcote, E. (2016) What is good design? A look at the many definitions of quality, FT Weekend, House&Home, 16-17 January. p.1 and 13.

Photo:
http://www.curbly.com/users/diy-maven/posts/5174-sensory-deprivation-skull

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Doctoral student quest... (Delamont et al. 2000 - so true...!)

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It is apparent that there is no single 
definition of the personal, intellectual quest on which doctoral students embark. Indeed we should not expect there to be one . . .


Scientific and academic knowledge 
does not rest on a purely mechanistic set of definitions and requirements. 
(Delamont et al. 2000: 51)








My source: Module 6 reading list.

Delamont, S., Atkinson, P. and Parry, O. (2000). The Doctoral Experience: Success and Failure in Graduate School. London: Falmer.

cited in:
Murray, R. (2003). How to Survive Your Viva : Defending a Thesis in an Oral Examination. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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Monday, January 18, 2016

ERCIM News No. 104 Special Theme: "Tackling Big Data in the Life Sciences"

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ERCIM News No. 104 has just been published at http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en104

This issue features a special theme on "Tackling Big Data in the Life Sciences"
coordinated by the guest editors Roeland Merks (CWI) and Marie-France Sagot (Inria) and a section "research and society" about "Women in ICT Research and Education", coordinated by Lynda Hardman (CWI)

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Friday, January 15, 2016

PIF Annual Conference for People Working in Health and Care Information and Support 2016

Do you care about high-quality, accessible health and care information and support?

If the answer is yes, then join us at the 2016 Annual Conference for People Working in Health and Care Information and Support, held by the Patient Information Forum (PiF), which will take place on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians, London. Click here to view the conference programme

Conference: The Power of Partnership
We are delighted that The Information Standard will be the Lead Sponsor for the event, and with our first Early Bird Discount ending on 1st February 2016 (offering a whopping 20% off delegate fees) this is the perfect time to book your place at this event.

Our 2016 conference theme is the ‘Power of Partnership’. Partnership working is about developing inclusive, mutually beneficial relationships across a range of sectors that improve the quality of health information and support, and the experience of care for patients and the public.

PIF’s diverse membership, and network, means that our Annual Conference attracts individuals from a range of organisations, from around the UK - including the NHS, voluntary, academic, freelance, pharmaceutical and commercial sectors. Attending the conference will provide you with a great opportunity to make connections and create, and discover, new partnerships to drive your work and projects forwards.

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