PubMed Commons to be Discontinued

PubMed Commons to be Discontinued

From the post:

PubMed Commons has been a valuable experiment in supporting discussion of published scientific literature. The service was first introduced as a pilot project in the fall of 2013 and was reviewed in 2015. Despite low levels of use at that time, NIH decided to extend the effort for another year or two in hopes that participation would increase. Unfortunately, usage has remained minimal, with comments submitted on only 6,000 of the 28 million articles indexed in PubMed.

While many worthwhile comments were made through the service during its 4 years of operation, NIH has decided that the low level of participation does not warrant continued investment in the project, particularly given the availability of other commenting venues.

Comments will still be available, see the post for details.

Good time for the reminder that even negative results from an experiment are valuable.

Even more so in this case because discussion/comment facilities are non-trivial components of a content delivery system. Time and resources not spent on comment facilities could be put in other directions.

Where do discussions of medical articles take place and can they be used to automatically annotate published articles?

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