877 The Dental Informatics Online Community

Friday, March 5, 2010: 2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Location: Exhibit Hall D (Walter E. Washington Convention Center)
Presentation Type: Poster Session
H. SPALLEK, J. IRWIN, and T. SCHLEYER, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
The DIOC (Dental Informatics Online Community) is a Web community that provides resources, fosters relationships, disseminates information, and is a general online hub for dental informatics. The DIOC is currently in its second year of production and can be found at http://dentalinformatics.org. Objective: to evaluate the current status of the DIOC's content and membership. Methods: All activity on the community is logged and all member information is stored in a database. To evaluate the use of the community, we analyzed our log files and database data for member information, activity, searches, content access, submitted comments and requests, and submitted information. Results: The DIOC currently has 932 members comprising dental informaticians, researchers, educators, clinicians and others. There are currently 6,228 papers listed in the publication archive. There are 42 projects in the Project Directory, all of which have been submitted by members. The DIOC has six webcasts and seven FAQs on the learning center all submitted by members. Members have made 33 comments and suggestions for improving the community. The most frequently accessed page is the publication archive and the most frequent search term is “dental informatics”. In the last year we have sent out 4 newsletters and community update information via emails. After each announcement, activity on the site increased from 139 (mean) hits to 482 (mean) hits. These announcements correlate with updated member profiles, increase in site activity, and an increase in comments and suggestions. Conclusion: The DIOC is a successfully implemented and growing community. Our analysis shows that sending updates, enhancing content, and providing feedback to comments and suggestions engages community members. Future research will build on earlier work to design more features for the community, enhance content and engage more community members. This research is supported by NIDCR/NLM grant: 1-G08-LM-8667-1A1.

Keywords: Assessment, Behavioral science, Computers, Dental Informatics and Human