Hi Rob,

I'm not sure if this fits!

But I started the Trip Database ( to help me answer
clinical questions for general practitioners in South East Wales, UK.  I
had no intention of making it available to a wider group.  I had a chance
conversation with a techie and managed to get it placed on the web.  This
got picked up by a UK, EBM publication called Bandolier ( and it has grown
since then.

Last year we went past our 100 millionth search and have over 50,000
registered users.

Best wishes


Jon Brassey
Trip Database
Find evidence fast
On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 6:18 PM, Rob Westwood <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Hi all,
> Here's what I hope is an interesting request.
> I'm looking for examples of information resources (such as web portals,
> health information websites, online databases) that were initially
> developed for the users of one library or institution but evolved into more
> widely used resource (i.e. at the municipal, provincial, or national
> level).
> Maybe there's no such thing! But if you can think of an example or were
> involved in such an evolutionary process, I'd love to hear from you.
> Thanks,
> Rob Westwood
> Health Sciences Library
> Montreal Jewish General Hospital