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Journal of Korean Society of Medical Informatics 1997;3(2):177-184.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4258/jksmi.1997.3.2.177    Published online December 31, 1997.
Running A Closed User Group for an Academic Society: Experience with The Korean Society of Clinical Pathologist' Information Network
Oh Hun Kwon, Hwan Sub Lim, Sung Keun Hong
1Department of Clinical Pathology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea.
2Department of Clinical Pathology, Seoul District Hospital of Korean Armed Forces, Seoul, Korea.

Korean Society of Clinical Pathologists' Information Network(KSCPIN) began its service as a Closed User Group (CUG) In HiTEL. one of the major information providers in Korea, on March 2nd, 1995. The KSCPIN is the first and the only society which has its own information network among the Regular Member Society of Korean Medical Association. As the name CUG implies. this network is opened only for the members of the society. The main concept of KSCPCIN is to offer various informations and opinion exchange sites only to the society members. For providing various laboratory related informations to every one, we accepted non-society members as KSCPIN members to make KSCPIN as an opened CUG. KSCPIN now offers various bulletins and library not only for the society members, except for some limitations. KSCPIN consists of 115 clinical pathologists, 60 clinical pathology residents, 34 business men, 26 physicians, and 15 others making the total members of 262 at present. With new definition of members and new menu, KSCPIN was self-estimated as a successful CUG, and we recommend the utilization of CUG for all academic societies. In near future, we are going to move the CUG on the internet. which is our finalgoal.

Key Words: Closed User Group(CUG), Korean Society of Clinical Pathologists' Information Network(KSCPIN)
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