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Using Search Queries to Understand Health Information Needs in Africa [article]

Rediet Abebe, Shawndra Hill, Jennifer Wortman Vaughan, Peter M. Small, H. Andrew Schwartz
2019 arXiv   pre-print
In this paper, we propose a bottom-up approach that uses search data from individuals to uncover and gain insight into health information needs in Africa.  ...  One key challenge is understanding the health information needs of people in these nations.  ...  The research assistants were asked to assign a single rating for each link on a scale from 1 to 5, with 1 equal to bad quality and 5 equal to high quality. Values were defined as:  ... 
arXiv:1806.05740v2 fatcat:z32lyhuscvaa3dv5jkcn3u5b7m

Need for a systemic theory of classification in information science

Murat Karamuftuoglu
2007 Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology  
In the article, the author aims to clarify some of the issues surrounding the discussion regarding the usefulness of a substantive classification theory in information science (IS) by means of a broad  ...  The concrete example of application of the domain-analytic approach to subject analysis in IS to the aesthetic evaluation of works of information arts is used to support this argument. 1 There are a number  ...  Acknowledgments I would like to thank Birger Hjørland for his useful comments on an earlier version of this paper, and Steven Wing for sending me his manuscript "Limits of Epidemiology."  ... 
doi:10.1002/asi.20678 fatcat:reqtslyvdzb4nntzzubqedj4pq

Ebola data from the Internet

Elad Yom-Tov
2015 Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Digital Health 2015 - DH '15  
We analyze queries submitted to the Bing search engine, postings made by people using Twitter, and news articles in mainstream media, all collected from both the main infected countries in Africa and from  ...  Internet data, especially search engine queries and social media postings, have shown promise in contributing to syndromic surveillance for influenza and dengue fever.  ...  Information need regarding Ebola We analyzed the websites that users clicked on following their search for Ebola.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2750511.2750512 dblp:conf/ehealth/Yom-Tov15 fatcat:wamdrikp2ncw5dvn4x46ymv3wi

Searching for specific health-related information in MedlinePlus: Behavioral patterns and user experience

Yan Zhang
2013 Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology  
This study attempts to fill this gap by observing users' behavior while using MedlinePlus to search for specific health information.  ...  Searches for specific factual health information constitute a significant part of consumer health information requests, but little is known about how users search for such information.  ...  What vaccines need to be taken before a trip to Africa? What is the content of the dietary guideline recently put forth by the USDA?  ... 
doi:10.1002/asi.22957 fatcat:ba34vyb465esta3xjneg3no74m

Developing Integrated Mobile Applications to Provide Culturally Responsive Support for Minnesota African Diaspora and West African Families Impacted by Ebola Virus Disease

Remi Douah
2015 Science Journal of Public Health  
Consequently, understanding cultural belief systems and practices in Africa could also help us comprehend people's attitudes and responses to mHealth Application [14] .  ...  African Diaspora in need of mental health treatment.  ... 
doi:10.11648/j.sjph.s.2015030301.13 fatcat:riev62jh6zf7nmkthtxttkr4gy

Supporting geographically-aware web document foraging and sensemaking

Brian Tomaszewski, Justine Blanford, Kevin Ross, Scott Pezanowski, Alan M. MacEachren
2011 Computers, Environment and Urban Systems  
on an analyst's or researcher's ability to judge information relevancy.  ...  identification and visual highlighting of named entities (people, places, times, and organizations) in documents, automated inference to determine document relevance using stored knowledge, and a visual  ...  The more closely related a document is to the query, the more relevant the document is considered to be for the information needs of the person or computational process conducting the search.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2011.01.003 fatcat:bcvwj4b6infrboq6w3ceapjydi

Design and Development of a Linked Open Data-Based Health Information Representation and Visualization System: Potentials and Preliminary Evaluation

Binyam Tilahun, Tomi Kauppinen, Carsten Keßler, Fleur Fritz
2014 JMIR Medical Informatics  
The need to write queries in the interface was the main reported difficulty of LOD-based systems to the end user.  ...  For users who are not familiar with SPARQL queries, we integrated a Linked Data search engine interface to search and browse the data.  ...  We also want to thank the participants of the evaluation and the anonymous reviewer who gave us important comments for the improvement of the paper.  ... 
doi:10.2196/medinform.3531 pmid:25601195 pmcid:PMC4288106 fatcat:vd7zw7qrb5f2fgb7o323rxbnlq

A systematic review of published literature describing factors associated with tuberculosis recurrence in people living with HIV in Africa

Yoshan Moodley, Kumeren Govender
2016 African Health Sciences  
Conclusion: The lack of studies describing recurrent TB in Africa which stratify results by HIV-status is a hindrance to understanding risk factors for recurrent TB in this population.  ...  Methods: We performed a literature search within PubMed and The WHO Global Library with specific inclusion and exclusion criteria to identify manuscripts emanating from the African continent which potentially  ...  In addition to the PubMed literature search, we also performed a search of literature in the World Health Organisation' s (WHO) Global Medical Library using the same MeSH terms used in the PubMed search  ... 
doi:10.4314/ahs.v15i4.24 pmid:26958026 pmcid:PMC4765408 fatcat:7ceu7ycq2ndo3eaw7s5zxataly

Assessing Ebola-related web search behaviour: insights and implications from an analytical study of Google Trends-based query volumes

Cristiano Alicino, Nicola Luigi Bragazzi, Valeria Faccio, Daniela Amicizia, Donatella Panatto, Roberto Gasparini, Giancarlo Icardi, Andrea Orsi
2015 Infectious Diseases of Poverty  
Global and local health agencies could usefully exploit GT data to identify disease-related information needs and plan proper communication strategies, particularly in the case of health-threatening events  ...  The 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa has attracted public interest worldwide, leading to millions of Ebola-related Internet searches being performed during the period of the epidemic.  ...  Authors' information CA is research associate at the Department of Health Sciences, University of Genoa. He holds a doctorate in Epidemiology and Prevention.  ... 
doi:10.1186/s40249-015-0090-9 pmid:26654247 pmcid:PMC4674955 fatcat:q5txylxj7fd57pymxsdl3aoe7m

Social media analytics and research test-bed (SMART dashboard)

Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Chin-Te Jung, Chris Allen, Jiue-An Yang, Jean-Mark Gawron, Brian H. Spitzberg, Su Han
2015 Proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Social Media & Society - SMSociety '15  
SMART dashboard is an online geo-targeted search and analytics tool, including an automatic data processing procedure to help researchers to 1) search tweets in different cities; 2) filter noise (such  ...  as removing redundant retweets and using machine learning methods to improve precision); 3) analyze social media data from a spatiotemporal perspective, and 4) visualize social media data in various ways  ...  Each topic collects a combination of keywords to be used in the Twitter Search APIs.  ... 
doi:10.1145/2789187.2789196 dblp:conf/smsociety/TsouJAYGSH15 fatcat:cxxpajhesvazbgvyhtanfvu6ny

Geography of Genetics and Genomics Research Funding in Africa

Eric Coles, George A. Mensah
2017 Global Heart  
Using World RePORT, we identified 185 research projects in genetics and genomics in Africa in 2015 with total funding exceeding $216 million (USD).  ...  In this journal issue on the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa), we explore the geography of biomedical research funding in the genomics field with special emphasis on Africa.  ...  In this article, we have used World RePORT's simple data query to describe the geographic distribution of funding and research collaborations for genetic and genomic research in Africa.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.gheart.2017.07.001 pmid:28867288 pmcid:PMC5659356 fatcat:skzmggh62vb2pl6yg4bgwu3gui

Page 43 of Library & Information Science Abstracts Vol. , Issue 2 [page]

1990 Library & Information Science Abstracts  
Test queries were used in the evaluations.  ...  Vendors will need to balance these elements in integrating data bases.  ... 

Systematic delineation of media polarity on COVID-19 vaccines in Africa using computational linguistic models (Preprint)

Sefater Gbashi, Oluwafemi Ayodeji Adebo, Wesley Doorsamy, Patrick Berka Njobeh
2020 JMIR Medical Informatics  
It was possible to understand these patterns in light of increasingly sustained efforts by various media and health actors in ensuring availability of healthy and factual information about the pandemic  ...  in Africa.  ...  Acknowledgments This paper was financially supported via the 2020 University Research Committee funding from the University of Johannesburg, granted to the main author.  ... 
doi:10.2196/22916 pmid:33667172 fatcat:scnbrexi6fgbvjx7bbqft6xequ

Needs of Individuals Living With Hepatitis Delta Virus and Their Caregivers, 2016–2019

Priyanka Kumar, Catherine Freeland, Sierra Bodor, Sean Farrell, Chari Cohen, Rosemary Frasso
2020 Preventing Chronic Disease  
The Hepatitis B Foundation, a US-based nonprofit organization that provides support to people living with HBV and HDV, receives emails (queries) as part of a helpline, a service to provide information,  ...  Findings can inform health care providers, public health professionals, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries about the informational needs and lived experiences of individuals living with  ...  The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, or publication of this article, and no copyrighted materials or tools were used in this research. Author Information  ... 
doi:10.5888/pcd17.200324 pmid:33337297 pmcid:PMC7769086 fatcat:h4wmojjxi5d33j5f7w5vdpe2k4

Global Trends in Phytohormone Research: Google Trends Analysis Revealed African Countries Have Higher Demand for Phytohormone Information

Tapan Kumar Mohanta, Yugal Kishore Mohanta, Dhananjay Yadav, Abeer Hashem, Elsayed Fathi Abd_Allah, Ahmed Al-Harrasi
2020 Plants  
'Google Trends' collects data on search terms from different countries, and this information can be used to better understand sentiments in different countries and regions.  ...  Analyzing "search" trends on the internet can provide important insight into predicting the direction of a country in regards to agriculture, health, economy, and other areas.  ...  Acknowledgments: The authors would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the Researchers Supporting Project Number (RSP-2020/134), King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  ... 
doi:10.3390/plants9091248 pmid:32971736 fatcat:tpc2f5knlndt3fdavva36rlbx4
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