White Coat curates journals and generates discussion around Dementia research.
Finding the right research takes a long time. Often, one needs to read through several research papers and spend several hours, or even days before finding what they need. Even when one finds an article, they may question the credibility. With White Coat, our mission is to create a collaborative Dementia research community to review articles and discuss ideas based on research and readings. With highlighting, commenting and rating features on curated articles, our website will facilitate research communication. In addition, submitted articles can be peer reviewed by the White Coat members. White Coat will help distill the clutter and accelerate research progress in the Dementia community and beyond.
- Symfony Framework (Includes Doctrine and Twig)
- Bootstrap (with Greyscale theme)
- PDF Importer
Alan – @Alan_S – Developer
Cameron – @Cameron_W – Lead Developer
Christie Lo – @Christie_L – UI/UX Designer, Business
Jon - @Jonathan_L – Font End Developer
The Full Story
Two weeks before DementiaHack 2017, our team did a video call meeting and together we brainstormed ideas. We came up with many ideas, including a Tinder for Researchers. We spoke with friends and friends of friends who have worked by individuals diagnosed with dementia understand people’s need in the dementia community.
One of our team members recall filming a documentary once for a professor who was studying boredom and mind wandering. The professor set up conferences and casual gatherings with the main goal to generate discussion. The professor explained that oftentimes ideas and curiosity are sparked just from casual discussions with another individual.
However, it is not easy to gather researchers and individuals living in different places to talk every day. On the other hand, thanks to where technology has progressed today, we are able to connect with others on the other side of the earth within seconds. As a result, we decided to build a social research journal curation website for Dementia. It is evident that generating discussion will help us progress faster; as human beings, we are dependent of one another. With Dementia being a growing global issue, we need to collaborate together in order to maximize our efforts to help spark discussions.
Our highlighting feature was inspired by the Kindle, which allows readers to view highlights that other readers have made. Usually people highlight things that they find interesting. So, on White Coat, users are able to highlight parts of research papers and add comments to their highlights. Other people using White Coat will also be able to see the highlights and comments. The comments will be monitored by a moderator and users are allowed to report comments that they believe are inappropriate. In addition, people can comment at the end of articles and also leave a review based on five review criterias: consistency, directness, precision, unbiased and quality of evidence. The goal is to help researchers and individuals find articles that are relevant to them and credible, faster.
In the future, we hope to be recognized as a credible database source. We would like to be able to curate both open sourced journals and paid journals and finance these through monthly membership fess. We will give people the incentive to give ratings to articles by giving them perks. People who have rated over 30+ articles will have a discount off of their monthly subscription fee. People who have rated over 50+ articles will receive a free subscription and access to all journals.
With White Coat, we hope to keep the discussion surrounding Dementia growing and to spark ideas and discussion.