The greek word epistemonikos was used by Aristotle, meaning "What is worth knowing".This word was later translated into latin as scientia.In the about us we explain why we picked this almost unpronounceable word (nobody is mistaken saying “It’s greek to me”).
It is our dolmen (as you would have noticed, we love funny words), a 5-categories diagram where we believe everything people calls evidence can be classified. It is the conceptual framework of epistemonikos. Don’t know what a dolmen is, go to Wikipedia.
We intend to create a site where users can feel they are navigating in their own language. However, it is almost impossible to do so, since nowadays it is a fact that English is the language of the science. For that reason, the entire site is written in English and translated into the other languages. Titles and abstracts are uploaded in English and then translated by machines (“the automatic translation” is represented by a machine icon). Then it can be improved by registered users (the 2-people icon refers to collaborative translation). Some articles have been written in non-english language or in more than one language, or have been translated by formal initiatives. Those articles are not editable, and are preceded by a star-icon (official translation).
We are really sorry about that, but as any single word need to be translated into different languages, we need to produce a stable version of this text before doing that.
The idea, initial development and main credits are until now for Gabriel Rada and his Evidence-Based Medicine Unit, in Santiago, Chile. The software development has been led by Daniel Pérez. However, many institutions and individual people are involved in different aspects. The vast majority of them collaborate without an economic retribution. We hope we can recognize institutional and individual contributions with more details in the near future.
Take it easy, we are working on that. Of course we will augment and improve these about us and FAQs sections. As users get involved we will develop more explanatory material, tutorials, etc. Additionally, we will publish the main aspects in academic journals.