EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC

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News, Blogs I Like, Eye Candy: Collecting Library Blogs

Dave Pattern, Library Systems Manager at University of Huddersfield (UK) and technologist, created an automatic blog called Hot Stuff 2.0, which he describes as an:

automated WordPress blog that tracks around 800 library related blogs, looking for the latest trends and hot topics.   The purpose of the site is to track content in the biblioblogosphere and the harvested blog posts are indexed to provide word clouds, emotional content, geographical data, etc.”

A daily blog post is generated using a single word that has seen a marked increase in usage over the last few days. A “Word Wheel” image shows the strength of the links between that word and other words that have also recently seen an increase in usage. “

As Mr. Pattern writes:  “This can sometimes help to put to the words into context, but mostly it’s just an excuse for some eye candy.”

Text Source: http://www.daveyp.com/ and http://www.daveyp.com/hotstuff/ – All rights reserved-  Copyright 2010


The Word Wheel is, indeed, an elegant piece of code. 

Eye Candy is the good way to describe these luscious images:

Image Credit/Source: – All rights reserved – Copyright 2010


A post about Haiti found on this blog was collected by the Word Wheel on Jan 26 2010, when the Word of the Day was “Earning” (shown above).

It is an interesting list of library-related blogs he has aggregated for the Word Wheel; you can take at look at the collection here:  Dave Pattern’s Hot or Not List.

Finally: Take a look at the word cloud, and blog-hits, found recently for a search on the term “EBM“.


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