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Public Health 2.0 (Domain of Web 2.0)

"The scope of the Web today is hard to fathom. ... In fewer than 4000 days, we have encoded half a trillion versions of our collective story and put them in front of 1 billion people, or one-sixth of the world’s population. ... What we all failed to see was how much of this new world would be manufactured by users, not corporate interests." [1, from 2]

The rapidity of growth of the internet, and the amount of information produced by users for free, has been extraordinary. This freely distributed content and collaboration has been the powerful engine driving the second generation of Web services - Web 2.0.

There has also been a revolution in the use the internet for scientific research and dissemination of scientific knowledge. This is particularly noticeable in the area of Public Health.

This talk by Dr. Jennifer Gardy, who is co-leading the new genome research lab at the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC, Canada), clearly shows the benefits of Public Health 2.0. She highlights the example of the recent pandemic of H1N1 Influenza A swine flu 2009. Dr Jennifer Gardy ends her talk by emphasizing how researchers & students should be willing to explore the benefits of Open Access publications, collaborative research, & emerging technologies.



References:
[1] - Kelly K. We are the Web. Wired 2005;13(8). Available: www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.08/tech.html?pg=2&
[2] - Kumanan Wilson, Jennifer Keelan. Coping with public health 2.0. CMAJ • May 12, 2009; 180 (10). doi:10.1503/cmaj.090696.

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