Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
So I was reading the NLM Technical Bulletin for November-December this morning. (Yeah, gripping, I know–and a month late. You know how the holidays are…). But I came across something intriguing. Here’s what it says:
Hmm…webcasts. Ok. But how are they going in? And what are the sources? How are they annotated? So let’s have a look. At PubMed I clicked on advanced searches. Checked the “Type of Article” box. And let the search run.
I got 3. Here are my results:
I went to the first one at the publisher’s site. There’s a brief abstract-like introduction. There you can link to 2 videos. There is a patient examination, pre- and post-treatment. There’s a word doc with the video legend. Here’s the whole legend…I’m not really sure why this need to be delivered in a word doc and not on that page.
Legend: A 43-year-old man with thiamine deficiency, manifested as gait and eye movement abnormalities without encephalopathy (video 1) that markedly improves following prompt diagnosis and empiric thiamine replacement (video 2).
Ok. This is useful stuff for neurologists, I’m sure. But it’s not what I would have called a “webcast”. Maybe it’s just me…I would have thought that was pretty much essentially a figure in this paper.
The second one I didn’t expect to have access to. But when I got to the site it appeared that I did. My German is non-existent, but I was able to decipher the word “podcast”. So I clicked. I had access to a German podcast. That’s cool. But also isn’t what I would have called a “webcast”.
Ok. The next one I don’t have access to. I can’t assess what it really is. But I have to say 2/3 are not what I expected as webcasts…
Maybe it’s semantic. I thought webcasts would be seminars people gave on their work, or special published items like the training materials we have, or something. Maybe recordings from conference presentations.
I like the idea–I think we need to start thinking about ways to make these types of valuable publications/presentations available. I was wondering how the content would be indexed by the NLM. All of our training webcasts have the full script available as text, but I would say that’s rather uncommon. Most cases have a title and a bare abstract at best in my experience.
What do you think? Is that what you call webcasts? My current assessment of this development = Idea: excellent. Execution (currently): eh.
MacDonald, R., Stanich, P., Monrad, P., & Mateen, F. (2009). Teaching Video NeuroImages: Wernicke encephalopathy without mental status changes Neurology, 73 (20) DOI: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3181c1de31