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Three new initiatives involving

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 09 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:559

Taming the information beast

  1. Tony Delamothe, web editor

    The BMJ's website is participating in three new initiatives that should make visitors' lives easier and more interesting. What each initiative shares is an attempt to make large amounts of information more manageable.

    By clicking and dragging on HighWire's Topic Map, topics can be exposed in more or less detail. In this example, clinical medicine has been “exploded” showing some of its subcategories. These subcategories can be further exploded by dragging them into the centre of the field. Double clicking on a topic provides a list of documents

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