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Remit of the Information Management System Group

The Information Management System Group is responsible for overseeing the development of any software developed within the Collaboration that is mandatory to use (for instance, by the editorial bases of all review groups), and for advising on Collaboration-wide use of other software.

The Information Management System Group is in particular responsible for managing the planning and development of the software tools and systems that make up the Information Management System, including the review writing software (RevMan), the software used to compile information for submission to the publisher for publication in The Cochrane Library (ModMan), a review tracking process, a contacts database, a process for handling comments on and criticisms of Cochrane reviews, and potentially other software tools and systems.

The following sub-groups that report to the Information Management System Group have been established:

  • Editorial Management Advisory Group.
  • RevMan Advisory Group.
  • Technical Advisory Group.

The Information Management System Group works closely with the Criticism Management and Handbook Advisory Groups, and the Statistical Methods Group.


To the Steering Group through the Executive Group.


Nominated by the Chair of the Steering Group.
Approved by the full Steering Group.


Members, to be nominated by the Convenor of the group, and approved by the Executive Group, should include at least two members of the Steering Group; the Convenors of the Editorial Management Advisory Group, the RevMan Advisory Group, the Technical Implimentation Advisory Group, the Criticism Management Advisory Group, the Handbook Advisory Group and the Statistical Methods Group (or their representatives); a Publisher representative, a Co-ordinating Editor and a representative for Cochrane contributors from developing countries (where information technology would not be as readily available as it is for other members of the Information Management Group).

Meetings and communication

  • Three or four face-to-face meetings per year.
  • E-mail discussion list.
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