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About GIN Tech

GIN Tech is a group of GIN members that are also software developers or members that are interested in technology development.

Who Are We

GIN Tech is currently made up of member-organisations that are also software developers, (both commercial and non-profit), members of in-house digital teams from different guideline producing organisations (e.g. NICE, Duodecim, Joanna Briggs Institute) or members that are just interested in tech development. The software developers and digital teams cover all aspects of guideline development, from evidence detection to publishing guidelines and production of point of care decision support. See here for GIN Tech working group members.


The core aim of the working group is to aid GIN members in sharing data from the various digital tools and also providing a forum for members to discuss the best way to use the tools that are available. As part of this we aim to understand the needs of guideline producers, the issues you face and the opportunities for improvement that digital solutions may offer.

Short history

GIN Tech started in 2014,  when it was formed from the working group formerly known as the Evidence Tables Working Group that started in 2005. This earlier working group developed templates for summarising characteristics of individual studies for four study designs and published a paper in the BMJ Quality & Safety [1]. In 2014 we decided that the original aim had been achieved and we broadened our perspective to all digital tools available for the different steps of the guideline enterprise.

In 2011, we launched a beta version of the GIN Data Extraction Resource (GINDER), an online repository for evidence tables based on the intervention and diagnostic templates. However, in 2013 it was decided that development should be stopped given the cost and resources needed to complete, maintain and promote the use of GINDER. In addition, there are other initiatives making good progress in developing tools to support production of systematic reviews and guidelines and they are available here.

[1] Mlika-Cabanne N, Harbour R, de Beer H, Laurence M, Cook R, Twaddle S; Guidelines International Network (GIN) Working Group on Evidence Tables. Sharing hard labour: developing a standard template for data summaries in guideline development. BMJ Qual Saf. 2011 Feb;20(2):141-5. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs.2010.040923. Epub 2011 Jan 5. Review. PubMed PMID: 21209129.

Spreadsheet showing the different tools

We have a spreadsheet with the different tools and what they can do at the different stages of the guideline enterprise. We will be keeping this up to date but would appreciate feedback on any ways that this could be more helpful to users or if some desirable information seems to be missing. If you know of tools that are missing, please let us know.

Overview of data models

We hope that GIN Tech will provide a focus for discussing improvements to the tools to make them more useful to GIN members and to aid the sharing of data between the various tools, and provide a focus for discussions with tool developers and the guideline development community. A number of useful resources and tools with an overview of data models is available.

Get involved!

If you would like to be involved or have more information about the working group please contact .

Page last updated: Sep 30, 2020
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