Feb 8th 2011


Date: 11/01/2011
Time: (11 Noon EST; 5 pm GMT+1)
Participants: Ian Magrath, Dianne Kaseman, Julie Estal, Madhavan Pillai, Gerry Hanley


1. Subscribers/contributors
- Gerry informed participants that Medscape is cataloged in MERLOT – though only the homepage because one needs to log in (its free) to get access to the individual materials. This is similar to the ESO e-grand rounds.

- Ian asked where the Creative Commons copyright appears on one’s own website. Gerry said that one needs to put the Creative Commons “stamp” on one’s presentations. To this end, one needs to go to http://creativecommons.org/choose/ and by clicking on the buttons of one’s choice, it will provide the “stamp” that can be added to one’s PPT (for example – add it to the Master slide in the footer). On this “choose” webpage, there are “Additional Information” fields that can be filled in. Users can click on the “I” to get an explanation for what one needs to type in.

- Ian also asked what is meant by “reflection URL”. Gerry said that the “Mirror” URL is a second website provided by a separate server that functions as a backup if the primary website goes down. Most people don’t have a mirror URL.

- Many new materials were recently added to the OERC Collection. Many thanks to Stephan at AcrossWorld Education for supporting the cataloging of the cancer related materials and for all the recommendations made by OERC Ex Committee members. Please continue to recommend more sites by adding them to the list at: http://voices.merlot.org/group/oercancer/forum/topics/websites-for-the-oerc. Gerry said that there are currently 318 materials in the OERC collection, which is a reasonable number to start building up a community of advocates and users.

-A good way of finding new contributors would be to contact professional organizations and explain them how Merlot’s marketing tools could benefit them. As most organizations have their own material repositories, it would be quite important to stress the added value of OERC. Gerry will send a paragraph OERC Ex. Committee members could use when calling contacts to promote OERC, ask what additional services could be provided to them to make OERC more valuable for their members and ask for a follow-up conversations. One of these services could be for example integrating RSS feeds from various professional organizations into a single RSS feed available from OERC. Users are also enabled to create personalized RSS feeds focusing on their particular topics of interests. Dianne said that it would also be useful to quote INCTR as a good example of contributor to OERC in order to enhance OERC’s legitimacy.

- Ian will forward a few newspapers sent by professional organizations to Gerry for his information.

- Dr. Pillai suggested inviting renowned cancer experts to write brief reviews that could quickly address the main emerging issues related to specific cancers at the global level each year. These invitations would have more chances of being accepted if they were sent by respectful organizations such as INCTR and Merlot and together with a few guidelines describing what would be expected from them. These reviews shouldn’t be similar to cancer journals publications but rather to short, easy to read yearly updates.

- Ian also suggested organizing the collection in chapters to achieve some kind of uniformity and facilitate easy access to the materials in the collection.


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