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Special sessions

Future directions for Cochrane data

A series of events exploring the opportunities for doing more with Cochrane data provided by the Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS) and the Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

 

Thursday 20th Oct 11, 17:45 – 19:15

Workshop: Using the Cochrane Register of Studies to develop a study-based Specialised Register

Workshop: Developing your Specialised Register in the Cochrane Register of Studies

Friday 21st Oct 11, 11:15 – 12:45

Special Oral Session: Future directions for Cochrane data

Friday 21st Oct 11, 17:45 – 19:15

Workshop: CENTRAL & the Cochrane Register of Studies: a discussion and policy-setting workshop

During the Colloquium

Visit the Cochrane Exchange exhibitor: CRS help clinics

 

 

Thursday 20th Oct 11, 17:45 – 19:15

Workshop: Using the Cochrane Register of Studies to develop a study-based Specialised Register
Room 2a

To be facilitated by Ruth Foxlee, Information Specialist at the Cochrane Editorial Unit; team members from Metaxis Ltd; and members of the CRS User Support Team, UK and worldwide

The Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS) is the new Specialised Register (SR) management system developed by Metaxis Ltd on behalf of The Cochrane Collaboration. The CRS is the mandatory mechanism for submitting SRs to the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), but it also offers new functionality to enhance working practices in relation to SR maintenance.

In this practical workshop we will explore some of the features available in the CRS that will help Cochrane groups who wish to ‘studify’ their registers. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and customise the inbuilt algorithms for matching references to studies. They will learn how to create and populate a study record both manually and from a trials registry. We will also explore the mechanism for automatically creating study/ reference links based on existing Cochrane Reviews. This workshop is aimed at Cochrane contributors who currently maintain reference-based registers and would like to convert them to study-based registers.

 

Workshop: Developing your Specialised Register in the Cochrane Register of Studies
Room 2b

To be facilitated by Gordon Dooley, Managing Director of Metaxis Ltd; and members of the CRS User Support Team, UK and worldwide

The Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS) is the new Specialized Register (SR) management system developed by Metaxis Ltd on behalf of The Cochrane Collaboration. The CRS is the mandatory mechanism for submitting SRs to the Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), but it also offers new functionality to enhance working practices in relation to SR development and maintenance.

Participants of this practical workshop will have the opportunity to explore a range of CRS features including fuzzy matching and duplicate finding, using the ‘junk’, working with trials registries, and making the most of topics lists in the CRS. This workshop is aimed at Cochrane contributors who wish to explore the advanced features of the CRS.

 

 

Friday 21st Oct 11, 11:15 – 12:45

Special Oral Session: Future directions for Cochrane data
GOYA

“Data is the new oil”, so say organisations and experts around the world, who believe that data will have as great an impact on the 21st Century as oil had on the 20th Century. The foundations of The Cochrane Collaboration are built on the data it mines and synthesises, from randomised controlled trial reports, to the findings of Cochrane Reviews.

This special plenary session will launch a series of events examining the possibilities for developing, expanding and linking the data published in The Cochrane Library in the context of the release of the new Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS) and the ongoing review of the Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL). Presentations will range from discussion of the immediate changes that the CRS can facilitate, to an exploration of what could be possible, now and in the future, for linking and presenting Cochrane data. This session is open to any Colloquium participant, with the following agenda:

Opening presentation: an exploration of where we are and where we could be in five to ten years. An introduction to the work of the CENTRAL Development Committee, the development of the CRS, and the possibilities for doing more with our data
David Tovey
, Editor in Chief of The Cochrane Library, UK

Value-adding with the CRS
Ruth Foxlee, Information Specialist at the Cochrane Editorial Unit; Gordon Dooley, Managing Director of Metaxis Ltd, UK

Examining the potential value of the Systematic Review Data Repository (SRDR) to Cochrane
Stanley Ip
, Tufts Medical Center, USA

Data linking: the next dimension. A report from the Star Trek Crew
Chris Mavergames
, Manager of the Cochrane Web Team, Germany

 

 

Friday 21st Oct 11, 17:45 – 19:15

Workshop: CENTRAL & the Cochrane Register of Studies: a discussion and policy-setting workshop
GOYA

To be facilitated by Ruth Foxlee, Information Specialist at the Cochrane Editorial Unit; and David Tovey, Editor in Chief of The Cochrane Library, UK

The Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS) is the new Specialised Register (SR) management system developed by Metaxis Ltd on behalf of The Cochrane Collaboration. It offers a springboard for the development of the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) by taking advantage of the latest developments in information technology.

In this discussion and policy-setting workshop we will explore the feasibility of a study-based CENTRAL, the types of records eligible for inclusion in CENTRAL and the possibilities for creating links between CENTRAL records, other Cochrane records, and records from external resources. We will also cover questions such as who is eligible to search the CRS, what are our priorities for acquiring copyright access to external records, and how the CRS could be marketed commercially. This workshop is open to any Colloquium participant, but is particularly aimed at those with an interest in developing CENTRAL and Cochrane groups who maintain an SR.

 

 

During the Colloquium

Visit the Cochrane Exchange exhibitor: CRS help clinics

The Collaboration’s dedicated exhibition space, the Cochrane Exchange, will be home to daily help clinics during the Colloquium aimed at supporting users of the CRS. Topics covered in help sessions will include importing and exporting, searching, tracking and reporting. Users can also make an appointment or drop in to the Exchange to get help and support from the Metaxis and CRS User Support teams on any question or problem.