PICUPEDIA is a crowdsourced knowledge base for pediatric critical care medicine. It consists of an endless but logical stream of citations linked to relevant material located all over the world.

Who can contribute linked citations?

You can. On your own picupedia PLATFORM.

What is a PLATFORM?

A platform is the place in PICUPEDIA where you can gather and present links to materials on a particular (fairly narrow) topic. Think of it as an 'Essential Reading' collection. For instance you might grow and maintain a platform on 'Oximetry in cyanotic heart disease'.

That sounds like curation

It does. You would be the Oximetry Curator. Or one of them, at least. Maybe someone will maintain a platform on 'Oximetry engineering'.

Where do these links lead?

The curator looks for the good stuff (or already knows where it is). For instance, she might decide that, of the 1685 articles returned in a PubMed search of 'Oximetry in cyanotic heart disease', these twenty (20) are most interesting. And five (5) of them might exist in free full-text format (e.g., at PubMed Central or at PLoS One). Her citations for those five would be linked to the full article. The others would be to the abstract.

Not only journal articles?

Other stuff as well. She adds a citation linked to an explanatory animation on YouTube, and another to an interview of a cardiologist conducted in London and posted at OPENPediatrics. And another to an oximetry calculator at Cornell University.

How will PICUPEDIA grow?

PICUPEDIA depends on the generosity, and the intellectual curiosity, of the pediatric critical care community and its colleagues in related disciplines. As we accumulate a critical mass of original and linked material, various interest areas will emerge, curated not only by pediatric intensivists but by professionals in other disciplines as well (e.g., perhaps an engineer will curate a platform on oscillating mechanical ventilators).

Can I start a platform?

Absolutely. And we prefer that you declare a niche platform, like 'Interleukin-6 (IL-6) in sepsis' rather than 'Interleukin-6'. You can create your own platform here.

Can I maintain several platforms?

We'd love that.

Can I just send PICUPEDIA a single citation?

Sure. Just click here or at the top of this page.

What if I cite the same thing as someone else?

We all repeat ourselves. We do.

Any search tips?

Search using the SINGULAR form of your search term (e.g., 'dog' not 'dogs', 'visualization' not 'visualizations'). Exceptions to the 'singular' rule: economics, genomics, informatics. Pediatrics. Most of the '-ics'.

Is there original PICUPEDIA material?

Yes. Rather than asking a handful of experts to write long chapters on a hierarchy of subjects, we are welcoming thousands (zillions) of knowledgeable people willing to submit a short essay on a single CONCEPT. We want writers to give their perspective on a very thin slivver of the intellectual spectrum.

Can I write for PICUPEDIA?

Absolutely. We are soliciting original essays in concept.org format.

Where is concept.org?

Why it's at http://concept.org of course. But it is also intertwined throughout PICUPEDIA.

What is the concept.org format?

Fifty to five hundred words on a very (very) narrow topic. [1] A statement of the concept. [2] A comment on its significance. [3] Some discussion. [4] Two to five references. [5] A few tags. Think of it as a riff on a single concept or idea.

Example, please?

APPROPRIATE CONCEPT: 'Anti-Xa assay is superior to ACT or aPTT for heparin monitoring in ECMO.' TOO BROAD: 'Heparin monitoring in ECMO.'

Another example?

APPROPRIATE CONCEPT: 'Hemofiltration at high volumes might induce a robust exchange of extracellular water.' TOO BROAD: 'Continuous hemofiltration in sepsis.'

You're on a roll ...

APPROPRIATE CONCEPT: 'How the definition of ARDS has been adapted for use in children.' TOO BROAD: 'Pediatric ARDS.'

How is this format advantageous?

A reader searches by keywords or tags, and can dig deeper and go in various directions by following tags on to the next concept, and the next, and so on. He learns by absorbing lots of tangentially related concepts. For instance, one might read multiple concepts about croup from the perspective of an intensivist (airway obstruction), a pulmonologist (stridor), a wind-tunnel engineer (turbulence), a physicist (gas density) ...

Do you need PICUPEDIA curators?

Absolutely. And we prefer that you declare a niche platform, like 'Cytokine clearance by hemofiltration' rather than 'Hemofiltration'. You can create your own platform here.

And you need PICUPEDIA writers?

We have an insatiable need. We will help you along, doing a professional edit, adding tags, etc. Do you have an idea or concept you would like to contribute? Let us know about your concept here.

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