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We are smart enough to know we don’t have all the answers. In fact, we bet you have a few good ones to share! The goal of the CogAIDS project is to leverage the power of the global medical community to give us new insights into how we can enhance cognition during medical crises through the design and use of cognitive aids, or “checklists”.

Crowdsourcing the Review of Cognitive Aids for Rapid Prototyping and Development

Here’s how CogAIDS works. First, we’ll always make the latest version of our cognitive aids available for download under the creative commons license. Second, we’ll post a “proof” of this cognitive aid online and allow anyone to add comments onto the design with suggestions for improvement. Third, we’ll take the suggestions our reviewers provide and use them to improve our cognitive aids for the benefit of the global medical community. Finally, we will publish updated versions of our aids at regular intervals.

Seeking the Opinions of the Medical Community

Occasionally, we may also ask you to complete short surveys that ask your opinion about specific design approaches, elements or visual metaphors we are considering for use in our cognitive aids. By joining the CogAIDS community newsletter list, we can keep you posted on these opportunities to contribute to our project.

The Stanford AIM lab has created the technological infrastructure to empower a global community of collaborators on this exciting project. We will continue to innovate the use of technology for disseminating our work in electronic form through iOS app (in development) and Kindle books. Finally, we will also publish our work in paper-based forms using commercial-quality durable materials that are suitable for use in hospital clinical environments and simulation center settings.

Giving Credit to Crowdsourcing Reviewers

The members of our online crowdsourcing community who provide meaningful suggestions will receive credit by name and institution on our website as reviewers. Authorship of our cognitive aids is published at the time of their release to the crowdsourcing community. Unfortunately, we do not provide authorship credit to reviewers. However, if you want to work with us on a new idea or concept for a cognitive aid, please contact us to discuss authorship opportunities!

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