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March 25, 2008

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» "Humanitarian Technology Review" from IdeaFestival
Bruno Giussani has posted an article about a new journal with an intriguing title: The Humanitarian Technology Review. A project of InSTEDD, the journalist effort is based on the idea that many of the worst results from disease and disaster [Read More]

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Bruno - thanks for covering this, it's great to get some updates on InSTEDD's activity. The HTR sounds like a good idea, although I am a little worried about whether the target audience has been clearly defined - at the moment it seems to be too wide to generate any real sense of "community". My first thoughts are up at http://www.humanitarian.info/2008/03/27/instedd-publishes/.

While I find the idea in general appealing, I am note sure whether the problem this approach tries to solve is really as big as the article seems to imply.

Janet Ginsburg's statement ("Nevermind that humans are, in fact, large mammals, doctors don't have time to read veterinarian journals and vice-versa") says a lot. A) Todays scientific search engines (ISI Web of Science, PubMed, Google Scholar etc.) make it fairly easy to keep up-to-date on your subject, independent of the journal where it appears, and B) if doctors don't have time to read these journals, I'm not sure what would make them read any particular cross-disciplinary journal.

Marcel - I think the problem is as big as the article says, but it also seems to be an inevitable part of the way that the system has developed. If that is the case, then it's unlikely that the problem can be addressed at root, so the question becomes: given that the gaps between disciplines exist, what problems does this create in practical terms? We can then address those problems one-by-one, which I think is what InSTEDD is trying to do.

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