Launching MedPedia: From the perspective of a Wikipedia administrator
MedPedia, the medical online encyclopaedia was launched this week and I’m quite interested to see how it works. I’m an administrator in the English Wikipedia and I always think people should focus on one project instead of giving attention to several less important projects. When we have a Wikipedia, why do we need a Medpedia? A few words about how their system works:
The Medpedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. This model is founded on providing a free online technology platform that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and transparent.
Anyone can contribute, and there are multiple ways of contributing. If you are a physician or Ph.D. in the biomedical field, you can create a profile and, if you are approved to become an Editor, you will gain editing privileges and will be able to make changes directly to the Medpedia wiki (see more below).
If you are anyone else, you can use the “Suggest Changes” link at the top of any page to make a suggestion for that page. An approved Editor will review and potentially add your suggestion.
We need Medpedia to provide reliable medical content? That’s what we are working on in Wikipedia.
I believe elitism kills content. Only the power of masses controlled by well-designed editing guidelines can lead to a comprehensive encyclopaedia.
- Moreover, Medpedia publishes content under the GFDL license. Correct me if I’m wrong, but anything they come up with can be transferred to Wikipedia as it will be published under the same license. It means the medical editors of Medpedia practically work for Wikipedia.
- They have nice images, but what about the sources? We have strict guidelines for uploading images to Wikipedia.
Anyway, I truly wish them luck with this project because if they manage to create a useful database of medical information, I will be more than happy to promote it.
What do you think about Medpedia?