Structured authoring process
MAGICapp is a web-based collaborative tool that does not require any software installation and allows publication on all devices. It is based on a structured authoring process that enables outputs of different formats, dynamic updating and facilitated adaptation.
The platform allows guideline developers to write and publish their guidelines and evidence summaries in adherence to standards for trustworthy guidelines, in a highly structured fashion, using the GRADE methodology, new technology and a host of recently developed frameworks.
It handles all of your content: References, PICO questions with evidence summaries and profiles, Recommendations, and section/topic background text. You create the content and can arrange, and rearrange it together into the order you want to have it for your Guideline. Users access the parts they need, when they need it.
Writing a guideline is a collaboration effort, so we made MAGICapp a collaboration platform where admins, authors, technical teams and systematic reviewers can work together on the content. The guideline admins can set the permissions of who have access to what.
Everybody in the development team will instantaneously be able to see the changes done by others, and using the activity log you can see who did what and when.
Reference and content management
The platform has a built in reference management for each guideline. You can import references directly from a reference manager (Endnote, Mendeley, Zotero, Refworks..), from Pubmed, from a RevMan file or add a reference manually. You can add files and links to your references.
Instant view of how your content will look for the end user
We have worked a lot with improving the user-friendliness of what the end user sees. It is important that authors keep their readers in mind while developing their content. We therefor give the authors and admins the continuous possibility to get an instant view of how the developed content will be presented to the end user.
Online access with version history
The versioning problem you used to have with sending documents around by email is gone. Everybody in the development team also have access to the milestones and check-list, and so follow progress and upcoming deadlines and events. This way of working turns guideline work into a more dynamic process where different groups can be involved at the same time.
More about the platform
Through research and extensive feedback from authors, clinicians and patients we are constantly gaining more knowledge of how good design and intuitive layout can facilitate the production of high quality content and use at the point of care. Whether it’s putting in your references into the reference manager, writing or coding your PICO questions, doing GRADE quality assessment or writing the recommendations in more user-friendly formats, we believe a good design and user interface can be both time saving and increase the quality of the content.
Your content is yours
The content you produce on it is of course yours, we merely provide you with the platform on which to author and publish it. We would of course be very happy if you decide to share your content with others, so it can be reused for adaptation or to improve the common knowledge repositories of the world, but that decision is totally up to you
Publishing content – on all platforms and devices
When your content is ready for publishing you can publish it on our platform, taking advantage of our multilayered user interface, mobile applications, internal search and link-out features. When published, the content will be available for users on all platforms and devices.
Content can also be exported as pdf or JSON for the circumstances where you will need that. In any case the content and it’s versions will always be safe with us.
Well planned data structure – the key to good functionality
From the very start we have put a lot of effort into having a good data structure with proper relationships between the different elements, while adhering to the GRADE methodology. All things have an unique ID which enables flexible relationships between elements, link out to other systems, see a full audit trail and move us into the world of linked data. We have placed all content in the MAGICapp in under these principles, which allows you to link to, use or extract every piece of information as it’s own entity.