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2021 Annual Meeting Session | Infodemiology and Infoveillance: What Are They? and How Might They Change the World?

This session will provide key insights and practical examples around the new and emerging field of infodemiology, with particular attention to the technologies and practices supporting infoveillance. Attendees will hear thought leaders present the latest research, developments and outcomes, including summaries from the very first WHO Infodemiology conference held in 2020. The goal of the session is to prompt the scholarly communications community to think about how to contribute more proactively to a transparent and accurate health information ecosystem, encouraging trust and reliable guidance and using a systems approach to science communication for social impact. Infodemiological practices have also been applied to a range of areas where misinformation and disinformation abound. As background from the WHO, an infodemic is an overabundance of information—some accurate and some not—occurring during an epidemic. It makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it. Even when people have access to high-quality information, there are still barriers they must overcome to take the recommended action. An infodemic cannot be eliminated, but it can be managed. To respond effectively to infodemics, WHO calls for adaptation, development, validation and evaluation of new evidence-based measures and practices to prevent, detect and respond to mis- and disinformation. In the context of this meeting, "infodemiology" is defined as the science of managing infodemics. || Speakers: Lisa Cuevas Shaw, Bushra Ebadi, Gunther Eysenbach, Sacha Noukhovitch, Tina Purnat, Adrian Stanley
SSP Annual Meeting Session Learning Level
Mixed-Learning
Session ID
1C
Publication Date
05/24/2021
Keyword
Education
Without dwelling on the tumultuous events of the past year, our 43rd Annual Meeting aimed to recognize their impact, igniting—and sometimes forcing—innovation to meet changing demands. We explored the many new paths that materialize if we are willing to embrace the unexpected. What new insights and strategies have been discovered and implemented? What are the possibilities that have yet to be realized? As we move from reacting to adapting, how will our responses change the future of scholarly communications? And how should our responsibility to the larger academic ecosystem during this extraordinary time shape those responses? If you missed the SSP Annual Meeting, you can purchase individual keynote, plenary, and educational sessions on demand in the SSP OnDemand Video Content Library. You can also purchase an All Access Pass to the content on the Pathable platform through November 1.