OrthopaedicsOne (www.orthopaedicsone.com) is a collaborative orthopaedic knowledge network, a repository of educational materials and a social/professional network for the exchange of information. OrthopaedicsOne is built on a powerful semantic wiki platform that lets you create and share articles, videos, presentations and other documents with your colleagues. You can think of OrthopaedicsOne as a combination of Wikipedia (wiki collaboration) + Youtube (video sharing) + Slideshare (slide/presentation sharing) + Facebook (social/professional networking) but for Orthopaedics. Behind the scenes, OrthopaedicsOne is developing a novel structured information repository and knowledge sharing, distribution and exchange engine based on semantic technologies.

Semantic Technology and OrthopaedicsOne

Dr. Christian Veillette recently gave a presentation at SemTech 2010 (http://semtech2010.semanticuniverse.com) entitled “OrthopaedicsOne – A Semantic Platform for Collaborative Knowledgebase Development in Orthopaedics”. SemTech 2010 is the world’s largest, most authoritative conference on semantic technology for enterprise computing professionals and covers every major semantic technology and application area. In the presentation he discussed how the OrthopaedicsOne platform incorporates semantic technologies and metamodels with the goal towards the collaborative development of a knowledgebase in orthopaedics. The foundation of this knowledgebase is a so called “semantic repository”. A semantic repository is similar to a standard database management system – they allow for storage, querying, and management of structured data – however they use of ontologies as semantic schemata. Ontologies define the concepts, their attributes/properties, and their relationships to each other to model a domain of knowledge. This allows the semantic repository to automatically reason about the data and make inferences or associations that do not exist in standard databases. In addition, the semantic repository allows for integration of disparate data sources and the ability to interpret and adopt “on the fly” new knowledge models. Specifically, the OrthopaedicsOne platform will allow:

  • information representation and integration using industry standard taxonomies, thesauri and ontologies for consistency across disparate content sources
  • structured information platform that provides easy creation and maintenance (hence reliability) of knowledgebase from external sources
  • reusability of content at a very granular level and machine-based dissemination to external systems for integration with third-party applications to aid knowledge discovery

For its hard work, the OrthopaedicsOne team recently won the 2010 “Edit This” Charlie Award for the most innovative and best use of the Confluence enterprise wiki platform at the Atlassian 2010 Summit.

Models of Participation

For OrthopaedicsOne to realize its goals, it needs contributions from all the major stakeholders within the orthopaedic knowledge domain. We are currently exploring several models in working with specialty societies, academic institutions, and industry to assist in the development of the content and knowledge models.

Content Partnerships

Content Partners are organizations/institutions that have a formal agreement to create content for OrthopaedicsOne or have their existing material integrated and published on OrthopaedicsOne. There are 2 main types of content partnerships – Content development and Content repositories.

Content development

Content development within the OrthopaedicsOne Main space is similar to more traditional publishing models but uses the OrthopaedicsOne wiki platform and peer review workflow to accomplish these tasks. It allows Content Partners to establish an Editorial Board, provide review of content and knowledge domain organization within one of the main content sections of OrthopaedicsOne .

Case Example: American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS)

The AOFAS has initiated the development of content within the Foot and Ankle section at http://www.orthopaedicsone.com/display/Main/Foot+and+Ankle

Figure 1. Foot and Ankle section within the OrthopaedicsOne Main space. Illustrates how the AOFAS has used the OrthopaedicsOne platform to create an Editorial Board, develop content and provide peer review.

Case Example: Miami Sarcoma Group

The Miami Sarcoma Group under the direction of David Pitcher have used the OrthopaedicsOne platform to collaboratively create a 16 chapter textbook called PORTNotes (The Pathology, Orthopaedics, and Radiology of musculoskeletal Tumors) available at http://www.orthopaedicsone.com/display/PORT/Home. This impressive body of work highlights the flexibility of the OrthopaedicsOne platform.

Figure 2: PORTNotes created by David Pitcher and colleagues at the Miami Sarcoma Group highlights the flexibility of the OrthopaedicsOne platform for self-publishing of content. Available at http://www.orthopaedicsone.com/display/PORT/Home

Content repositories

The content assets of an organisation such as a subspecialty society/association and/or its members can be uploaded to any one of the OrthopaedicsOne repositories (Videos, Presentations, Meetings etc) and used to automatically create a content channel for the organisation.

Case Example: International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR)

Figure 3a. Hip and Knee Videos from the ICJR meetings are integrated into the OrthopaedicsOne Videos repository. Available at http://www.orthopaedicsone.com/display/Videos/Hip+and+Knee+Videos

Figure 3b. A Video Channel is automated created for the ICJR to display multimedia content for each educational meeting. Available at http://www.orthopaedicsone.com/display/Videos/The+International+Congress+for+Joint+Reconstruction+(ICJR)

Private Workspace

A private workspace can be setup as an Intranet to securely share any part of an organisation’s information and aid internal communication and collaboration. An OrthopaedicsOne private workspace encourages members to share ideas, participate in discussions and contribute to important projects. Keep everyone in your organisation working together on the same page.
Several residency programs currently use OrthopaedicsOne instead of their hospital or institutional Microsoft Sharepoint Servers because of ease of use, customizability, functionality and distributed access.

Case Example: Banner Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency Program

Figure 4. Home page of the Banner Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency space. All of the programs educational materials, events, research projects are accessible only to staff and residents through the secure, private wiki workspace.

Organisation/Institution Blog

An OrthopaedicsOne personal space can be setup for an organisation with full blog functionality that allows an organisation to share announcements, commentary or news on a particular subject and allow the ability of authorized readers to leave comments in an interactive format. An OrthopaedicsOne blog can help promote an organisations events, enhance branding and public relations.

Case Example: American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS).

Figure 5. The AAHKS is using a personal space with a blog theme to post articles on health policy related issues that can be viewed by the public but can only be commented on by AAHKS and OrthopaedicsOne members. The AAHKS Health Policy Blog is available at http://aahkshp.orthopaedicsone.com

OrthopaedicsOne is much more than just an orthopaedic Wikipedia. It combines powerful online authoring capabilities, deep Office integration and an extensive plugin system to help orthopaedic professionals work better together and share information effortlessly. It provides a single, structured, searchable place where individuals, organisations or institutions can find, use, share and expand orthopaedic knowledge. In addition, every content item added to OrthopaedicsOne builds its semantic repository allowing OrthopaedicsOne to learn relationships and become smarter with each content item added to the knowledgebase. Our development team is leading the way in modeling orthopaedic knowledge and providing a platform for knowledge sharing, discovery and exchange. Our next version of the OrthopaedicsOne platform will include drag and drop attachment functionality, improved rich text editing, autocomplete to quickly insert links, images and documents and numerous user interface enhancements. We are a long ways from our final vision but with ongoing support from the orthopaedic community we can make OrthopaedicsOne a powerful collaborative orthopaedic knowledgebase.