Well #FOAMed lovers – ready for some more FOAM?
Finally – after months of avid preparation, sleepless nights, boundless methylxanthine beverages and opposable thumbs – it is here…LITFL, Ruxton, GMEP and the Frontier Group have joined forces to develop our first Medical Education WordPress plugin – the eloquently named “GMEP oEmbed Support” Plugin…
Basically we can store images and videos (and soon audio/slides) on an external server (GMEP) and serve them using a shortcode embed directly into the blog/website with full html5 functionality…
With the homogenising of social media applications we thought we would go one stage further with GMEP. Healthcare practitioners seem to struggle with YouTube / Vimeo / Flickr / Slideshare as individual entities – so GMEP attempts to solve this problem by allowing multimedia uploads in a FREE, safe, medical environment – allowing all those great images stuck on your hard drive to see the light of day…
Why the WordPress (WP) Plugin?
Basically we wanted to design a system that would benefit all FOAM users
- Share the love – upload Medical Multimedia for global consumption – image/video/audio uploaded to GMEP is attributed to the owner (creative commons non-commercial licence)
- Value the writer – all multimedia can be referenced to contextual articles. This allows journals and bloggers to directly reference their writing and research to original multimedia on GMEP, providing a valuable trackback to the referencing websites [Google Juice]
- Value the reader – by storing and retrieving bandwidth dense multimedia from the GMEP Amazon S3 servers the blog/website page load will not be affected, allowing for smooth, rapid and inline reading pleasure!
- Value the interrogator - all multimedia can be tagged and categorised assisting Google to accurately define the relevance of images/multimedia in search and assisting in a better search experience for all users.
- Contextual learning – over time each image/multimedia uploaded will be associated with blog posts/articles/research/publications as well as contextual multiple choice questions which are written for the images as ‘annotated questions’ to enhance the learning process (both by writing and by answering)
How does it work?
- Sign into GMEP (FREE, single sign-on with Twitter/FB/Google/LinkedIn/Email accounts)
- Upload multimedia to GMEP then tag, label, annotate, add history to image
- Add a reference to your blog post/article to enhance contextual learning
- Search for ‘GMEP’ in plugins
- Download and install the GMEP oEmbed Support WP plugin
The following two URL’s have been added directly to the blog page…