Need some specific scientific information on a certain dive topic — say, nitrox diving? What about general information on diving history or Navy studies in decompression illness?
Your answer is at http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/
The Rubicon Foundation Inc. is working to establish a research repository that makes dive medical documents more accessible. This resource is free to all users. It’s up and running, and more data is being added each week.
“It’s a work in progress,” noted Gene Hobbs, researcher and certified hyperbaric technician at
How and Why It’s Being Done
Thus far, the work has been completed by volunteers, but the project is growing,
The work began in 2002, when the Office of Naval Research asked UHMS to assist in analyzing the Navy's research and development program in undersea medicine. The panel found that 60 percent of young researchers in the field left in less than 10 years. Many more would soon retire.
This turnover in researchers and the loss of senior scientists signified a possible loss in human knowledge. This spurred the development of ways to manage information and ensure access to resources, mainly by effective and timely methods to retrieve valuable documents.
At the 2002 UHMS annual meeting, Dr. Javier Garcia-Covarrubias of the University of Miami and Jackson Memorial Hospital division of cardiothoracic surgery, and Dr. Keith Van Meter, chief, section of emergency medicine of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, published an abstract concluding that the UHMS abstract-to-publication rate is lower when compared with other medical fields.
Their work identified a real need to make data and publications available to promote communication and collaboration within the field of diving and hyperbaric medicine.
The most-quoted literature searches include PubMed/MEDLINE and the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) databases. Much of the information dealing with undersea research is scattered across numerous other databases throughout the world. Some of this information is not indexed and is therefore lost except to the few who know exactly what they seek.
Since the Rubicon Foundation began collaborating with
To date, Rubicon has scanned the following collections for UHMS:
• Undersea Biomedical Research (1974 to 1992), in collaboration with GUE;
• Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine (1993 to present), in collaboration with GUE;
• UHMS workshops, with support from DAN;
• Underwater Medicine and Related Sciences, supported by UHMS;
• Hyperbaric Oxygen Review (1980 to 1985);
• Journal of Hyperbaric Medicine (1986 to 1992); and
• SPUMS Journal.
The UHMS board of directors voted to include all journal articles Rubicon scanned in the UBR, UHM and JHM collections in its repository.
Other collections include:
• Professional Association of Diving Instructors/ Diving Science And Technology Corp (PADI/ DSAT) symposia and technical reports;
• DAN’s series of Report on Decompression Illness, Diving Fatalities, and Project Dive Exploration reports (1988-2007);
• Numerous Technical reports from groups such as the Defence R&D Canada (DRDC), NEDU, NMRC, Naval Submarine Medical Research Lab (NSMRL), Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine (USAF-SAM)
Thus far, this effort has been supported by
The Foundation is requesting your support as well. While these early efforts have given the project needed help for the launch of the repository, Rubicon requires additional staff. Due to the value of these documents, it seeks additional financial support to ensure the timeline required for project completion. This will be used for salary support to continue the scans, metadata harvesting and import of this material into the online repository for the public to access.
To donate, go to http://rubicon-foundation.org/donate.html.
For more information on free online resources, go to http://rubicon-foundation.org/download/Dive_Med_Lit.pdf.