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Title

 

 

 

 

The dental informatics online community 

Authors

Jeannie Irwin*, Titus Schleyer, Heiko Spallek

Affiliation

University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine, Center for Dental Informatics 339 Salk Hall 3501 Terrace St. Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (412) 648-8885 

Email

jeannieirwin@gmail.com

Article Type

Web Database

 

Date

Received December 10, 2010; Accepted December 15, 2010; Published January 06, 2011
 

Abstract

Dental Informatics (DI) is the application of computer and information science to improve dental practice, research, education, and program administration. To support the growth of this emerging discipline, we created the Dental Informatics Online Community (DIOC). The DIOC provides a dedicated professional home for DI researchers and serves as an open, common, and worldwide forum for all individuals interested in the field. It was created and is maintained by the Center for Dental Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, independent from any professional association, corporate interest or funding source. The DIOCís Website provides many useful features, such as a learning center, publication archive, member and project directories, and the Current Awareness Service (CAS). The CAS automatically notifies members about new information added to the Community. Notifications are individualized according to a memberís profile and activities on the site. The DIOC is a research-oriented online community which provides resources in the dental informatics and dental technology field, as well as a way to establish social connections to share ideas, problems and research opportunities. Member and activity growth since the community's inception in 2005 have been steady, but future sustainability of the community depends on many factors.  

Citation

Irwin et al. Bioinformation 5(7): 307-309 (2011)

Edited by

Francesco chiappelli

 

ISSN

0973-2063

 

Publisher

Biomedical Informatics

 

License

This is an Open Access article which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. This is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.