Back in October whilst standing in front of 200 health care professionals at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh, a not-so-immaculately timed* scheduled tweet announced my latest project as I presented about it to the audience*
*I was ahead in my presentation by two minutes. Damn!
Earlier in 2018 Dr Anna Dover tweeted about trying to find out what all the terms used by the WeAreNotWaiting community meant. It seemed like a good project and surely it would only take a day or two, right? Nothing ever goes quite as planned and knowing that I wanted to announce it as my presentation I hurriedly started writing it a couple of weeks before.
It turns out writing the web site for the dictionary was no problem at all, but getting all the definitions live was; I thought there would only be 50 or so and now in January we stand at over 270. It became quite difficult to determine what was just tech words and what also might be helpful, so I started putting lots of stuff in. Plus I’ve added some terms just for fun.
Here’s a sample look at the dictionary, where I’ve done a search for OpenAPS, which is highlighted in green and has the all related terms underneath. On the left is the latest 5 terms added to the dictionary, plus a random term for you to learn about.
You can find the dictionary under , Start Here, Diabetes & Tech Dictionary, or just go via its quick link http://bit.ly/t1rdictionary.
If there are any terms not listed click the ‘Want us to add a new definition?’ link and say what you would like to find out about.
If there are any definitions wrong click the icon to the right of each explanation and let me know what to change.
A note about Open Source: I’d initially imagined this would be an open source project but with a lack of understanding about getting started with Open Source development with my personal development environment I just coded it up, in private. One day when I have a bit of time I’ll change that, but in the meantime if you want to get access to the data please contact me.
Thanks for Paul Niven and Dr Anna Dover for the help and inspiration with this project.