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Radiopaedia 2.0 update

In March, I talked a lot about Radiopaedia, a wiki dedicated to radiology. This wiki is brilliantly constructed and maintained by Dr Frank Gaillard (Radiology Department, Royal Melbourne Hospital) who started this project in December, 2005. It’s always my pleasure to inform you about the latest improvements of his wiki.

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In a recent letter from Frank, he mentioned that Radiopaedia.org had finalised a sponsorship deal and is still growing rapidly to surpass the 1000 article milestone in just weeks. According to Frank:

The new site (sneak preview of the mockups that are currently being coded here) will have many improvements including:

  • ability to upload stacks which can be scrolled through much as on a workstation
  • users can keep track of their case libraries on line, and use them as the basis for tutorials, as well as supplementing them with other cases from the ever growing radiopaedia library
  • browser based image editing, to crop and adjust image without the need for installed graphics software
  • no more strange wiki-code. All editing will be WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get)
  • improved search capabilities

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The new design and structure.

For years, I’ve been longing for a system in Wikipedia that Frank has already installed in Radiopaedia: section editors. I think it’s a good idea to make editors (credentialed professionals) responsible for specific sections or projects. These section editor positions will be coming up for renewal in late February, and applications will open a few weeks prior to that. Given the popularity of some sections, preference will be given to users who have a solid contribution history.

Believe me, Radiopaedia is the perfect example of how to create a wiki dedicated to a medical specialty, and Frank does the best job to maintain and improve it all the time. I really hope his example will be followed.

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