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1 Euroethics A Database Network on Biomedical Ethics

2 History -First version: Developed in BIOMED II project (1996-1999) and hosted at SPRI Library, Sweden -First version was also available via Dimdi -New version: Developed in Eurethnet project (2002-2005) and hosted at KI Library (KIB), Sweden

3 Funding EU (European Commission) Programme: Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources

4 Co-ordination Many collaboration partners, so co- ordination is required BIOMED II and Eurethnet were co- ordinated by Göttingen University, Department for Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, Information- and Documentation Centre (IDEM), Germany

5 User Needs Information on literature on medical ethics is scattered in many places (databases, catalogues etc) Focus on North American literature User need: Information on European literature, in one place

6 European Bioethical Literature Fangerau H: Finding European bioethical literature: an evaluation of the leading abstracting and indexing services J Med Ethics. 2004 Jun;30(3):299-303 Full text link available in PubMed

7 PubMed Reference

8 Euroethics A bibliographic database on biomedical ethics Information on European literature compiled in one place

9 Size 30 000 records from 7 Western European indexing centres (April 2005) Data from New Member States (NMS) will follow soon

10 Scope Coverage: Ethics in Nursing, Ethics in Health Professions, Ethics in Health Care, Biomedical Ethics National literature Bibliographic records of document types such as journal articles, books, bills, court decisions, decrees, governmental publications, guidelines, law, parliamentary publications, statements, academic dissertations, abstracts, case studies, comparative studies, evalutation studies, proceedings, surveys and questionnaires

11 Endebit The European Network of Documentation for Ethics of Biotechnology Sister database of Euroethics Developed in Eurethnet project

12 Indexing Each database record is supplemented with indexing terms describing what the document is about Indexing terms are picked from a controlled vocabulary (thesaurus)

13 Thesauri Two thesauri with concordances Thesaurus Ethics in the Life Sciences (TELS) = Core thesaurus (mandatory field in the database) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)


15 MeSH Medical Subject Headings Thesaurus of PubMed/Medline Translations exist in many languages

16 Common Hierarchic Structure TELS and MeSH are hierarchic thesauri (thesauri with BT/NT tree structures) TELS has concordances (mappings to equivalent concepts) with the MeSH Some features of Euroethics are based on the (partially overlapping) tree structures

17 Networking -Original versions of the bibliographic records are entered into local databases -NMS partners have an intermediary database for data upload/entry -Data from the local databases are exported to the central database running at KI

18 Database Partners

19 Documentary Standards -Each indexing centre has its own software for data entry -Compliance is achieved via standards, not software -The Documentary Standards specify the database structure (in terms of fields, valid contents of the fields) -The standards are supplemented by an indexing manual

20 Documentary Standards Document

21 Field Definitions

22 Field Tags

23 Guidelines -Guidelines for indexing and cataloguing (Indexing Manual) -Supplements the Documentary Standards -More detailed information about database policies, usage of certain fields etc

24 Indexing Manual

25 Amendments Sometimes the Documentary Standards may need to be changed The Amendment Procedures describe how to do that The Amendment Procedure document is available as an appendix to the Indexing Manual

26 Import of Data -Each indexing centre sends its data to KIB for import into central database -Different export formats (depending on software for data entry) -Data is converted to a common import format before being uploaded into the database

27 Import of NMS Data -New Member States (NMS) joined Eurethnet after the project had started -Data is gathered in an intermediary database (developed by IBMI) before being sent to KIB -The NMS database supports data import as well as direct data entry

28 National Characters Original titles of documents may contain national characters (Eastern or Western European) Problem: Not all computer environments can handle many character sets at the same time Solution: UniCode

29 Common Import Format

30 Document Ordering The bibliographic records represent documents owned by the indexing centres An individual indexing centre cannot undertake document delivery to end users all over the world Instructions for obtaining documents via interlibrary loan are available via the Euroethics home page Some records contain full text links

31 Future Eurethnet project ends June 30th, 2005 Further maintenance on an unofficial basis Sustainability? ETHICSWEB proposal has been submitted

32 Development Staff Database model, search interface and import solution have been developed by staff at KIB (Per-Olov Andersson and Ylva Gavel) Most graphical elements were initially developed within other contexts of the project (Eurethnet portal, Euroethics home page, Endebit interface)

33 Technology -Database Manager: Microsoft SQL Server -Converters: Perl and Borland Delphi -Search Engine: Borland Delphi

34 Database Tables -Database model based on the data fields listed in the documentary standards -Complex relational model where data is represented by several tables -Separate thesaurus database is needed in order to support some search features

35 Eurethnet Home

36 Eurethnet Home

37 Euroethics Home

38 Euroethics Main Search Page

39 Hit List

40 Record Display

41 Euroethics Field Search Page


43 Context Sensitive Help

44 Manual Text

45 Euroethics Subject Search Page


47 Thesaurus Search Results

48 Tree View

49 Tree View, Broader Term

50 Top of Subject Area VI

51 Top of TELS Tree

52 Top of TELS Tree at DRZE

53 Top of MeSH Tree

54 Top of MeSH Tree at NLM

55 Proceed from Tree View…

56 New Hit List

57 Record Display

58 History Search Page


60 Select Search Sets

61 Combined Search Results

62 Limiting to Abstract/Full Text

63 Hit List

64 Record with Hypertext Link

65 An Article in Full Text

66 Endebit

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