PubMeddit creators Henry Wei and Rajiev Timal took home the $2,000 first-place prize at Health 2.0’s Health, Hacking and Big Data Code-a-Thon at Columbia University.
Their project, PubMeddit, layers socially-driven search over biomedical literature and research databases, e.g. PubMed.gov/MEDLINE and ClinicalTrials.gov. In doing so, they attempts to augment the search results with the experience of prior searchers, and offer a public commenting system that itself can also be self-regulated by the user community. In essence, they intend to “democratize” the editorial review of medical literature, while saving time and effort for less proficient users interested in levering the search experience of other expert users.