2017 was an exciting year for the toolbox! Let’s begin with the tools that were added to the database throughout the year…
24 tools were added to the toolbox in 2017. Of these, 18 were some form of software tool and 6 were a type of checklist, guideline or reporting standard.
Below is a monthly breakdown of what was added throughout the year.
- CADIMA (software)
- 3D Covariate Visualiser (software)
- Health Assessment Workspace Collaborative (HAWC) (software)
- The Equity Checklist (other)
- PRISMA-CI (other)
- revtools (software)
There were also some updates to existing tools in the toolbox:
- 3D Covariate Visualiser – a new paper was attached
- WebPlotDigitizer – a new paper was attached examining intercoder reliability
- Rayyan – two papers were attached
- NLM Medical Text Indexer – 12 years on, is it still useful?
- CitNetExplroer and VOSViewer – new article on citation-based clustering of publications
- Meta-Essentials – new paper attached which introduces, compares and validates the tool
This year, we ran our third workshop on software tools and packages to support systematic reviews at the University of York. We had a packed agenda with plenty of hands-on with various freely and commercially available systematic review tools. We’ll be running the workshop again this year. If anyone is interested, please visit the YHEC training page for more information.
In October, I packed up the toolbox and went along to the 3rd annual International Collaboration for the Automation of Systematic Reviews. It was a really interesting meeting and it was great to see so many people in one room enthusiastic about review tool development and evaluation. The future of systematic review automation is very bright!
In November, the toolbox made it’s second appearance at ISPOR to show off it’s new search strategy! Thanks to Anthea Sutton, we now have a dedicated search strategy to identify new tools to add to the toolbox, which we plan to run once a month. This month (January), there have already been a handful of new tools identified by the search and added to the toolbox, which is great! Check out the abstract here.
A big thank you to all those who submitted tools (and updates to tools) in 2017 and to those who attended the workshop! There are some exciting plans for the toolbox in 2018 so watch this space!