E-watch newsletter on innovation in health services

Production and dissemination of the E-Watch Newsletter is supported by the Quebec Population Health Research Network (QPHRN). This newsletter, with its focus on innovation in health services, aims at spreading knowledge and promoting the use of research by policy- and decision-makers. On a weekly basis, the newsletter provides information about relevant events for health services professionals and decision-makers; publications promoting knowledge utilization in the health services; and it features particular web sites that provide content on specific themes. The E-watch coordinator is Sébastien Levesque. Canada's Health Newsweekly

Health Edition is a free weekly, independent online publication from Krysgar Communications Inc. Articles featuring interviews with the top newsmakers in health care across Canada, as well as news items gathered from various news sources, government and from Hansard (the official record of the proceedings of the federal House of Commons in Ottawa as well as each of the 10 provincial legislatures) are presented in the newsletter. I find this a very useful resource to keep in touch current developments in health reform in Canada.

Biotechnology Focus

This website presents the latest life sciences news on deals, "hot-button issues", trends in technologies, research, regulatory and commercialization relating to the Canadian life sciences industry.  The latest digital issue of Biotechnology Focus, is available free, however a premium fee-based subscription provides access to the entire website, including the digital edition archives and regular in-depth industry features.

Technology Review

This website and associated content is produced by Technology Review Inc., an independent media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  It offers fascinating content and well lives up to its aim: to promote the understanding of emerging technologies and to analyze their commercial, social and political impacts.

Off the Shelf: ResourceShelf Newsletter

Off the Shelf is a daily newsletter that outlines resources of interest to information professionals, educators and journalists.  It offers a short write-up and links to resources on a range of topics that could cover new resources available on the Internet, new policies or practices that can affect information work and new tools for research. The resources are focussed and of high quality.  Also available from this resource, is Docuticker, which is a daily update of new reports from government agencies, NGO’s, think tanks and other groups.

The Scout Report

Since 1994, the Internet Scout Project, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus, has focused on research and development projects that provide better tools and services for finding, filtering and delivering online information and metadata. The project's acclaimed reports and resource archive provide educators, students, researchers, and librarians with fast, convenient ways of staying informed about the most valuable online resources. The Scout Report, is one of the Web's oldest and most respected current awareness services. It has been published every Friday since 1994. I have been a subscriber since 1998.


This is an eclectic blog by veteran researcher, author and blogger Tara Calishain, who has been writing about search engine developments, digital archives, online museums and more since 1998.  An apt self-description:  ``ResearchBuzz is designed to cover the world of Internet research. To that end this site provides almost daily updates on search engines, new data managing software, browser technology, large compendiums of information, Web directories — whatever.``

Search Engine Report

This is a free monthly newletter from Search Engine Watch that recaps top news stories about search engines.  The site offers great information, webcasts, white papers and more on the developments in search technologies.

Social Media: A guide for researchers

Social media is recognized to have a significant impact on how people communicate, interact and collaborate. It has come to be recognized as an important and necessary component of any researcher's toolbox. However, as it is still a very new component, there is much to be discovered, explored and understood regarding its capabilities, utilities and practical uses. This useful guide was produced by Alan Cann of the Department of Biology at the University of Leicester, and Konstantia Dimitriou and Tristram Hooley of the International Centre for Guidance Studies. It is published by the Research Information Network.