News from the IKMD

11 August 2015

The Informatics and Knowledge Management Department is currently in a period of transition. The departmental management is undergoing a restructuring to further strengthen our team and better position ourselves to achieve Strategy to 2020 and related projects. In addition to the recent departure of our Business & Operations Manager, we hope to update you further on this restructuring in the next few weeks and months.

Related to this overhaul, we are currently recruiting for a new Java Developer, to assist Juliane Ried and the Translations team with their important work. We hope to have an update on this and other recruitment in advance of the Vienna Colloquium

In light of this changing team and shifted responsibilites, we thought it useful to reiterate the...

17 June 2015

With regret we have decided to postpone the #CochraneTech Symposium, planned for 1st October, until next year.

The theme of this year’s Colloquium is based upon ‘Filtering the information overload for better decisions’ and we plan to incorporate technology elements into the main programme of the Colloquium. We have invited Angela Morelli, the Italian information designer to present at one of the plenary sessions, bringing her ideas to an even wider audience.

We encourage you to attend the Wikipedia Symposium on 1st October, which will focus on how technology can improve knowledge translation and dissemination of Cochrane evidence. In addition there will be a number of talks, workshops, and sessions planned on knowledge translation related topics.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Warm regards,

Chris Mavergames, Head of Informatics & Knowledge Management
Julie Wood, Head of...

26 March 2015

A new version of Archie (4.10) is now released, with new features, including:

  • Derivative products
  • Referee types

For the full details, see What's new

If you have comments or questions we'd like you to share them in the forum. Should you come across something that is clearly an error, please use the Archie Problem Reporting Form.

The Informatics and Knowledge Management Department (IKMD) is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Web Application Developer, Farah Kashem. Farah will be working for Cochrane full-time, and is based out of the East Coast of the United States and Canada, dividing her time between the two.

Farah joins the team following a period working with Amazon, where she worked as a software development engineer. She gained her degree in Computer Science (BSc) from McGill University in 2012, and has experience working in a mass spectrometry lab, a cognitive neuroscience lab, and a human rights organisation before joining Cochrane. Outside of work, Farah is an aspiring photographer.

Farah will initially be assisting with the work on the Cochrane Rebrand. She will then work on the Future of Review Production and Linked Data projects, respectively.

Farah can be contacted via email: If you have any technical support issues or queries, please address these to or visit the Support pages on our website.



The Cochrane Author Support Tool (CAST) is a major development in Cochrane’s technology and author support infrastructure. The CAST project will support authors in producing and maintaining quality Cochrane Reviews, providing integrated access to data extraction and data manipulation tools (Covidence and EPPI-Reviewer), and further enhance the current Cochrane Register of Studies (CRS) to store any collected study data - creating CRS-D (where the ‘D’ is for data).

Complementing Cochrane’s existing tools, the three component parts of CAST (Covidence, EPPI-Reviewer and CRS-D) will increase the efficiency of the Cochrane Review production process and improve access to study data. CAST will provide an integrated and intuitive environment for authors and editorial teams.

We recommend that Cochrane authors do not begin to use the Cochrane Author Support...

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