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A New Method for Scientific and Medical Communication via the Internet

Date & Time:
15:30:00 - 17:00:00,
Tuesday 29 August, 2006


How can the Internet be used to most accurately compile current scientific and medical knowledge, as well as present-day speculations, from scientists in their fields of speciality? Such Sci-Pendia (Scientific Compendia) will have various uses:

  • To provide up-to-date information regarding medical diagnoses and treatments

  • To guide planning of research efforts (at the levels of both investigators and institutions)

  • To provide an up-to-date basis for textbooks

  • To provide an historical account of the development of a particular scientific area

  • To provide a new means for finding correlations between (otherwise disparate) ideas/findings

The software needed for making Sci-Pendia easy to create is not yet available because such a system needs bi-directional pointers, and a multiple-list structure similar to zzstructure.

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  • Name: Dr Don L. Jewett
  • Affiliation: Professor Emeritus, UCSF
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  • Bio: Don L. Jewett received an MD from UCSF (Univ. of Calif., San Francisco) in 1960, and his DPhil from Oxford in 1963 (Physiology). After a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale, he was on the full-time faculty of UCSF for 27 years, taking an early retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1991. His most widely known scientific work was published in 1970: The Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) in both animals and humans. The ABR is required by law, in many States in the US, for newborn screening for deafness. Efforts exist to pass similar laws in Europe. Since 1991, he has been involved in full-time neuroscience research at a small business solely devoted to his laboratory. The advent of a movement towards the development of Internet libraries led him to puzzle about how to improve scientific and medical communication via the Internet. His ideas have converged with some of Ted Nelson’s, as will be described.