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Initial experience with developing communities of practice around the National electronic Library for Communicable Disease

Mani-Saada, J; Madle, J; Williams, P; Kostkova, P; (2003) Initial experience with developing communities of practice around the National electronic Library for Communicable Disease. In: Proceedings ECDL 2003 Workshop: Digital Library Evaluation - Metrics, Testbeds and Processes. ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Green open access

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Abstract

The availability of the Internet among healthcare professionals in the UK in recent years has made online professional communities a viable vehicle for their professional communication, an information source for their everyday needs and an easy way of disseminating and sharing information. Busy healthcare professionals around the country can take advantage of online communities, which are becoming very popular and powerful alternatives to traditional personal ones. This paper discusses and defines the role of the NeLCD (National electronic Library for Communicable Disease, http://www.nelcd.co.uk/) in developing online communities of practice related specifically to communicable disease. The benefits of developing communities of practice, with reference to knowledge capture and transfer, the importance of identifying and meeting user needs, and their role in promoting evidence-based practice are discussed. Finally a strategy for developing and sustaining community building is outlined.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Initial experience with developing communities of practice around the National electronic Library for Communicable Disease
Event: ECDL 2003 Workshop: Digital Library Evaluation - Metrics, Testbeds and Processes
Location: Trondheim, Norway
Dates: 17th-22nd August 2003
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://dl.acm.org/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Communicable disease, Communities of practice, Stakeholders, Healthcare Professionals, User information needs, online communities, digital library
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10084409
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