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Orthogate - The Rationale For An Internet Gateway Site In Orthopaedics

J.F.M.Clough (Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops,BC, Canada)
J.A.J.Van Der Bauwhede (C.A.Z.K. Groeninghe, Kortrijk, Belgium)
C.W.Oliver (Edinburgh Orthopaedic Trauma Unit, Edinburgh, UK)

Contact Person: Myles Clough (cloughs@wkpowerlink.com )


Academic activity on the Internet is active, is taking place and will transform academics. Mechanisms of quality control, such as gateway sites, will evolve in this key area. We report on the gateway site in Orthopaedics - Orthogate (http://www.orthogate.com). The site's aim is to provide high quality orthopaedic information and comprehensive orthopaedic links, and to attract all orthopaedic CME onto the Internet.
10 large international orthopaedic sites cooperated to form Orthogate. The Internet Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma has been formed to provide independent academic guidance to the project.
The site's initial constituents are a textbook, patient information pages, search engines, and a browsable collection of orthopaedic links. An electronic journal, mailing lists and a number of nationally oriented sites are associated. Quality criteria for Orthogate have been defined and an international editorial board has been set up.
Orthogate's first task is to provide a widely read, comprehensive gateway to the Orthopaedic Internet. Only if the site has authority will comments about the quality of information have influence. The traditional methods of quality control cannot be fully transferred to the Internet. A gateway site provides a structure on which a new and more appropriate method will evolve.

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Poster Number PAclough0546
Keywords: orthopaedics,internet,gateway,amalgamation,quality

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