Thursday, August 19, 2010

Something is Up in the State of NCBI!

The renowned Krafty Librarian directs my attention to a new project from everyone's favorite center for biotechnology information, NCBI.

It's apparently going to be a consumer health information website called PubMedHealth. Krafty speaks for many of us:

I know what you are thinking, “What does this mean for MedlinePlus?”

Yup, that's exactly what I was thinking. Isn't MedlinePlus (a longtime favorite and a site I plug at every opportunity) a consumer health information website?

What will PubMedHealth offer that MedlinePlus does not? Will it provide a distinct service that the existing site could not reasonably do, or will it merely duplicate features we love in MedlinePlus and dilute the brand, so to speak?

We can only wait eagerly, and maybe speculate wildly and skulk around the internet in search of rumors.


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