- provides a space devoted to the conceptual framework known as Hodges' model. Read about this tool that can help integrate 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 (it might happen one day!!). See our bibliography, posts since 2006 and if interested please get in touch [@h2cm OR h2cmng AT yahoo.co.uk]. Welcome.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Data visualisation: Contributions to evidence-based decision-making

A SciDev.Net Learning Report

"Data visualisation – the visual representation of data in charts and graphs – has grown in popularity in recent years. Media outlets and research communication organisations alike have invested in the production of data visualisation, committing to the belief that visualisation is an effective form of communication.

In this report, Chapter 1 contextualises the rise of data visualisation and its purported potential to stimulate a 'data revolution' in development. The specific contributions of data visualisation to research communication goals are discussed in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 explores instances in which data visualisation is an appropriate form of research communication, recognising that it is not a ‘magic bullet’ solution to the need for more evidence informed decision-making, but should instead be used selectively. Chapter 4 discusses ways to enhance the effectiveness of data visualisation. Lastly, Chapter 5, provides concluding remarks and highlights areas in which further research and discussion are required so data visualisations can be used to the greatest effect in the research communication sector.

While a number of claims have been made around the potential of data visualisation as a communication tool, there has been a relative lack of informed discussion around the role that data visualisation can play in the research communication sector.

This report builds on our experiences of producing data visualisations and in data journalism more broadly, and brings together the lessons we have learned with insights from the broader sector of research communication. What follows will help researchers, research communication managers and journalists to make more informed decisions about when to invest in data visualisations in order to meet research communication goals."

My source: SciDev.net on twitter

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Periodic Table

humanistic ---------------------------------------  mechanistic
ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender,
race, religion, sexual orientation

BBC Radio 4 Dramatisation

"Never again!"

Periodic or otherwise

.... 1945 ... ...?

Periodic Table image:

Book image:

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Friday, July 22, 2016

New, ground-breaking NHS magazine created by health researchers for health researchers

The Researcher Magazine
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Be inspired to do health research!

New digital magazine aims to inspire the next generation of researchers

The Researcher, a digital publication created for health researchers by health researchers, aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

This first edition has the theme of ‘Breaking boundaries’ and is available to read here The Researcher or via the HEE website.

Also join the conversation on Twitter #TheResearcherMagazine
The Researcher magazine
A new magazine called The Researcher has launched today. The digital publication, created for health researchers by health researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Health Education England (HEE), NHS Research and Development  North West and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have worked together with a team of early career health researchers and award winning writer Rob Young to produce the magazine which illustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career.

Jacqueline Gaile, a Senior Research Speech and Language Therapist, part of the  University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS foundation Trust is a member of the editorial panel. She said:
“I want to be part of building a community of clinical and early career researchers who can support each other to work for patient benefit. I see this magazine as an opportunity to showcase the unique position we occupy as clinical researchers and to support each other through the various challenges this role brings. I'm an artist and a scientist; doing clinical research and editing The Researcher magazine allow me to be both at the same time.”

Nicki Latham, Executive Director of Performance and Development at HEE – who funded the magazine – said:
“At HEE we have a responsibility to develop a workforce that embraces research and innovation, and to support clinical academic careers for health professionals. I am passionate about research and evidence-based decision making, and the impact it can have on the quality of patient care.

I hope that these real-life stories of the positives and challenges of undertaking research will inspire other early career researchers to get involved and think about what they can offer to improve services and care for patients.  For those in the middle of a research project, we hope that the magazine gives you the encouragement to keep going and share your experiences with others.”

This first edition has the theme of ‘Breaking boundaries’ and is available here. Two further editions of The Researcher are planned over the next six months - 'Keeping balanced' and 'Maintaining momentum'. 

JOIN THE COMMUNITY. Please let us know your comments on Twitter @NHSRDNW #TheResearcherMagazine.

My source: Beverley Lowe LCFT

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Checklist for Personhood

humanistic ---------------------------------------  mechanistic

"Philosophers disagree on exactly what it would 
take for an animal to qualify as a person. 
Kristin Andrews at York University in Toronto, Canada, 
suggests searching for the six attributes listed here." p.17

(REASONING) --------------




--------------- RATIONALITY


HI Peter,

Oh, that's interesting! I'd move Rationality to objectivity/science, though, as it refers to the ability to engage in logical reasoning, solve problems, etc. There's been a lot of interest recently on the logical abilities of babies (Sue Carey's team) and chimpanzees (e.g. Josep Call's team) and they both seem to be able to engage in exclusion reasoning (i.e. disjunctive syllogism).  I discuss animal rationality in my book The Animal Mind. 

Rationality isn't consciousness; I could add consciousness to the list, but it's there already, just subsumed by narrative self and relationships too.


Kristin Andrews
Associate Professor
Philosophy/Cognitive Science
York University
4700 Keele St.
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3


Rutkin, A. (2016). Almost human? New Scientist, 2 July. 231:3080. 16-17.

Additional link:
BBC Future: 'Wisdom of the crowd'; The Myths and Realities

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

5th National Suicide Bereavement Conference


I wonder if you wouldn't mind informing your Trust of Manchester's 5th National Suicide Bereavement Conference, which I am organising. This will be of interest to many of your staff, for the following reasons

  1. caring for those bereaved by suicide is a key priority for the suicide prevention strategy 
  2. the Health Minister is due to launch a suicide bereavement pathway document which is relevant to all NHS Trusts in England.
In the hope that you are receptive to circulating the conference flyer, I have provided the link below


You might be interested to know many Trusts have staff attending this event.

Thank you for considering my request.

Best wishes

Dr. Sharon McDonnell
Honorary Research Fellow and Winston Churchill Fellow Centre for Mental Health and Safety
Jean McFarlane Building (2nd Floor)
University of Manchester
M13 9PL

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Monday, July 18, 2016

c/o RCN - Survey on How Health Apps are Used in Practice

(for original RCN formatting)
Hello Peter

Please be encouraged to take part in this survey on the use of health apps at work.

If you are a registered nurse or midwife currently practising in the UK and are involved in direct patient care, please complete this short anonymous survey by selecting the link below. It will take around 10 minutes to complete.

The survey closes on 5 August 2016.

Take part

The RCN is supporting the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), supported by Public Health England and Imperial College London, to develop a framework for evaluating and endorsing health apps.

As part of this work, NICE is running this survey study to better understand the ways that nurses and midwives in the UK use such apps in their clinical practice, and to explore their opinions around the evaluation of health apps. The results will help to inform the development of the evaluation framework.

Please contact caroline.rapu AT rcn.org.uk if you have any questions.

Thank You,

Caroline Rapu
Programme Manager (National Guidance and Quality Assurance)

My source;
Ms Rapu - RCN | my response submitted.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

"I kept your wild, cold, raw."

humanistic ---------------------------------------  mechanistic

"You see, when 

lived far away, you knew 
I was there, and I kept something for you,
even though you had never seen 
a polar bear or an ice floe . . .

kept your wild, cold, raw. ...

When you see it whole, 
you remember that 
it’s not polar bears over there,

and snakes over here;

 it’s one place, 
one strange special place. 

It comes as a 
or not at all."

Jeanette Winterson, Polar Bear
also cited by
Scott, L. (2015) The Four-Dimensional Human, Windmill Books. p.200.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

New Book Series "Coding for Humanists” 1st Vol. "Drupal for Humanists"

The Institute for Digital Humanities, Media and Culture (IDHMC) at Texas A&M University (http://idhmc.tamu.edu) is pleased to announce “Coding for Humanists,” a new book series from Texas A&M Press that addresses the practical skill-development needs of scholars in the humanities. The series is edited by Quinn Drombrowski and Laura Mandell.

The hands-on training offered at an institute or workshop such as DHSI, DHOxSS, and HILT equips scholars to pursue new directions in their research and/or pedagogy. These workshops stand apart from generic technical training sessions through their focus on the specific needs, interests and goals of humanists. The pedagogical approach respects students’ intelligence and expertise without assuming a pre-existing knowledge of other programming languages or technologies.

The “Coding for Humanists” book series follows in the spirit of these workshops (http://coding.forhumanists.org). Each volume focuses on a particular tool, technology, methodology, or programming language, using humanities examples. Without assuming any prerequisite technical knowledge, “Coding for Humanists” books guide scholars through the jargon, concepts, and processes fundamental to the technology under consideration, leaving them ready to use the technology independently, or deepen their knowledge through resources written for a general audience. For scholars who are unable to attend an in-person workshop, or who wish to develop new technical skills as time permits, the “Coding for Humanists” series fills an unmet need for clearly-written, accessible training materials developed specifically for a humanistic audience.

The first volume, Drupal for Humanists by Quinn Dombrowski (http://drupal.forhumanists.org/), will be published this fall. Co-editor of the series, Quinn Dombrowski is the Digital Humanities Coordinator in Research IT at UC Berkeley, and has developed numerous digital humanities sites using Drupal, including the DiRT Directory and DHCommons. She has taught “Drupal for Digital Humanities Projects” at DHSI since 2014, and Drupal for Humanists expands upon the materials that have been used successfully in that course.

This book is a significant expansion of, and improvement on, the open access early drafts that have been posted on this site since 2013, and are still available through the Wayback Machine. Over the next year, excerpts from the book will be posted to the site. In addition, there is a great deal of further information about Drupal modules, configuration, and tips and tricks for building Drupal sites that extends beyond the maximum feasible word count for the book. This information, too, will be posted on an ongoing basis, and contributions will be solicited from the community of humanities Drupal users and developers. (From: http://drupal.forhumanists.org/ )
Upcoming volumes in the “Coding for Humanists” series include _XQuery for Humanists_, by Clifford B. Anderson, Jonathan Robie, and Joseph C. Wicentowski; _XSLT for Humanists: Building Digital Editions_, by co-editor of the book series, Laura Mandell; and _Databases for Humanists_, by Harvey Quamen. The series is accepting proposals for additional volumes; please see submission guidelines here:

Laura Mandell
Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
Professor, English
Texas A&M University
e: idhmc AT tamu.edu

My source: Laura via humanist AT lists.digitalhumanities.org
List info and archives at at: http://digitalhumanities.org/humanist

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Friday, July 15, 2016

The International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo16)

The International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo16) is an interdisciplinary venue that brings together researchers from the computational and social sciences to help fill the gap between the two communities. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum to help practitioners from the two disciplines define common research objectives and explore methodologies. The organizers welcome a broad range of contributions, from those that apply methods from the social sciences to the study of socio-technical systems, to the application of computational methods to the study of complex social processes and the use of social concepts in the design of information systems.

SocInfo16 offers an opportunity for the dissemination of knowledge between the two communities by soliciting presentations of original research papers and experience-based case studies in computer science, sociology, psychology, political science, anthropology, economics, linguistics, artificial intelligence, social network analysis, and other disciplines that can shed light on the open questions in the growing field of computational social science.

SocInfo16 will also offer workshops and keynote talks that will be tailored to enhance the collaboration between the two research cultures in an era when social interactions are ubiquitous and span offline, online and augmented reality worlds. Research topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • New theories, methods and objectives in computational social science
  • Computational models of social phenomena, including behavior modeling
  • Dynamics of social collaborative systems
  • Social network analysis and mining
  • Mining big social data
  • Social influence and social contagions
  • Web mining and its social interpretations
  • Quantifying offline phenomena through online data
  • Rich representations of social ties
  • Security, privacy, trust, reputation, and incentive issues
  • Opinion mining and social media analytics
  • Credibility of online content
  • Health informatics 
  • Social Media and Health behaviors
  • Algorithms and protocols inspired by human societies
  • Equity in social and information systems
  • Social choice mechanisms in the e-society
  • Social applications of the semantic Web
  • Social psychology and personality
  • Virtual communities (e.g., open-source, multiplayer gaming, etc.)
  • Impact of technology on socio-economic, security, defense aspects
  • Urban informatics
  • Forecasting of social phenomena
  • Socio-economic systems and applications
  • Collective intelligence and social cognition
Information about Submission
We solicit submission of two types of contribution
Full papers: should not exceed 14 pages (excluding references and any appendix).
Short papers: should not exceed 8 pages (excluding references and any appendix)

Submissions will be reviewed through a single-blind review process (names of the authors visible). To ensure a thorough and fair review process, this year’s conference will rely on a two-tier review process and we will enforce strict review guidelines to provide even higher-quality feedback to authors. To further incentivize useful and detailed feedback to authors, contributions of best reviewers will be rewarded with special mentions.

As in previous years, accepted papers will appear in Springer’s Lecture Note Series in Computer Science. We will also allow accepted papers to be presented without publication in the conference proceedings, if the authors choose to do so. Some of the full paper submissions may be accepted as short papers after review by the Program Committee. A small set of particularly high quality and important papers will be selected for journal publication.

Submission Procedures
Original manuscripts should be submitted in English in pdf format through the EasyChair. Because SocInfo will publish proceedings, manuscripts should be formatted according to Springer LNCS paper formatting guidelines.

Full paper submission: July 20th, 2016 Submit paper here
Notification: August 20th, 2016
Camera-ready version: August 31st, 2016
Workshops: November 14th
Main conference: November 15-17, 2016
New Paper!
Ferrara et al. The Rise of Social Bots. Communications of the ACM (59)7:96-104 (2016)

Emilio Ferrara, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
University of Southern California
Information Sciences Institute

My source:

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ERCIM News No. 106 Special theme: Cybersecurity

Dear ERCIM News Reader,

ERCIM News No. 106 has just been published at http://ercim-news.ercim.eu/en106

This issue features:

- a Special Theme presenting a variety of research results that show the richness and range of Cybersecurity issues and their application domains. This special theme has been coordinated by the guest editors Fabio Martinelli (IIT-CNR) and Edgar Weippl (SBA Research).

ERCIM News 106
- a Keynote by Afonso Ferreira and Paul Timmers (DG CONNECT, European Commission): "Cybersecurity: A Key Pillar of the European Digital Single Market"

- an article "International Informatics" written by Gerard Alberts (University of Amsterdam) on the Occasion of Aad van Wijngaarden’s 100th Birthday

- a section Research and Innovation" with news about research activities and innovative developments from European research institutes

This issue is also available for download in pdf and ePUB

Thank you for your interest in ERCIM News. Feel free to forward this message to others who might be interested.

Next issue: No. 107, October 2016 - Special Theme: "Machine Learning - current trends and new paradigms" (see Call for contributions)

Best regards,
Peter Kunz
ERCIM News editor in chief

Your institution interested in joining ERCIM?
See http://www.ercim.eu/download/ERCIM-flyer-web.pdf
ERCIM "Alain Bensoussan" Fellowship Programme
ERCIM offers fellowships for PhD holders from all over the world.
Next application deadline: 30 September 2016
is published quarterly by ERCIM, the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics.
The printed edition will reach about 6000 readers.
This email alert reaches more than 7600 subscribers.
ERCIM - the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics - aims to foster collaborative work within the European research community and to increase co-operation with European industry. Leading European research institutes are members of ERCIM. ERCIM is the European host of W3C.
Follow us on twitter @ercim_news
and join the open ERCIM LinkedIn Group http://www.linkedin.com/groups/ERCIM-81390

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Monday, July 11, 2016

Atlas of eHealth country profiles: The use of eHealth in support of universal health coveage

Dear All,

As we all know that eHealth plays a vital role in promoting universal health coverage in a variety of ways. For example, it helps provide services to remote populations and underserved communities through telehealth or mHealth. It facilitates the training of the health workforce through the use of eLearning, and makes education more widely accessible especially for those who are isolated. It enhances diagnosis and treatment by providing accurate and timely patient information through electronic health records. And through the strategic use of ICT, it improves the operations and financial efficiency of health care systems.

The third global survey on eHealth conducted by the WHO Global Observatory for eHealth (GOe) has a special focus -the use of eHealth in support of universal health coverage.

To read the Global Observatory for eHealth, World Health Organization, 2016

Hope you find it interesting.

Ghassan Shahrour

HIFA profile: Ghassan Shahrour is Chair of the Syrian Medical Informatics Association (Syrmia). His professional interests include Health for All, Health Promotion, and Equity in Health. syrmia AT gmail.com

My source: HIFA  Healthcare Information For All: www.hifa2015.org

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Evaluation: The Development of RUFDATA c/o Saunders (2000)

Evaluation (activity)

The Development of RUFDATA

"Approaches that are high in ‘fidelity’ are not appropriate for complex, dispersed organizations. In other words, an approach which depends heavily on the precise specification and performance of its various components in order for it to work at local level will be subverted, understood as a necessary evil or even resented as a tool of surveillance and control. What is required is an approach that is low in fidelity. The metaphor of a ‘framework’ is therefore apt. A framework should provide a generic context for action in which some recognizable shaping characteristics are evident but within the shape a wide range of actions is possible (p.15). ...

RUFDATA is an acronym for the procedural decisions that would shape evaluation activity. The letters of the acronym stand for the following:
reasons and purposes; 
data and evidence; 
agency." (p.15)

Saunders, M. (2000). Beginning an Evaluation with RUFDATA: Theorizing a Practical Approach to Evaluation Planning. Evaluation, 6(1), 7-21.

Ack: Dr B. Bligh.

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Monday, July 04, 2016

Clinician and Healthcare Professionals Training Fellowships c/o CHAIN

Dear CHAIN Member,
We would like to draw your attention to the following opportunity from the Alzheimer’s Society.  Please circulate as appropriate. Thank you.
Alzheimer’s Society
Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowships

Clinician and healthcare professionals training fellowship is for practicing professionals working in dementia health and care services to undertake study towards a higher research degree (usually a PhD) and who wish to develop a dual career that combines research and practice.  

Applicants may apply for direct research costs up to £225,000 to support their research. 
This can include:

  ·  Salary for the fellow
  ·  Materials and consumables
  ·  Part-time technician/ administrative support
  ·  £1,000 per year towards conferences and training

The award is available for three years full-time.
The award is open to all professions working in dementia clinical and health services.   

Irina Johnston
CHAIN Administrative Assistant

If you wish to publicise information on the CHAIN Network please email your request to: enquiries@chain-network.org.uk

CHAIN - Contact, Help, Advice and Information Network – is an online international network for people working in health and social care. For more information on CHAIN and joining the network please visit website: www.chain-network.org.uk

Follow CHAIN on Twitter: @CHAIN_Network ; Find us on Facebook; Connect with CHAIN on LinkedIn

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