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Medical research experts on Wikipedia

Though I haven’t been extremely busy on Wikipedia lately, I’ve been an administrator there for 3 years. I’m always glad when medical professionals come to edit articles, improve the quality and insert proper references into the medical entries. Yesterday, I saw this:

The National Institutes of Health and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates the Wikipedia® online encyclopedia, are joining forces to make health and science information more accessible and reliable. This collaboration is the first of its kind for both organizations.

In these days when the number of page requests for flu or influenza is rising, it’s even more important to cover medical issues properly. From Wikimedia Blog:

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Kevin Pho from Kevin, MD wrote in a recent article:

This isn’t to say patients shouldn’t research their medical conditions to become better informed. But it’s imperative that patients not rely on Wikipedia as the primary source of their health research. Websites sponsored by the government, academic medical centers, or professional medical societies all have more authoritative information that can be relied upon.

As Wikipedians always say, Wikipedia is a perfect place to start your research, but should never be the one you finish your search with.

Update: Susannah Fox shared her notes about the event on e-Patients.net.

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  1. I was lucky enough to be invited to the Wikimedia Academy event at the NIH today and livetweeted it (#nihwiki).

    I had high expectations for an interaction between two learning cultures and was not disappointed. The presentations and questions focused on the centrality of science, of factual evidence, and the “shared kismet” of serving the public.

    I’m hoping to have time to post a longer summary on e-patients.net but my tweets (along with @jesspalmer’s) are a pretty good proxy for now!

    July 16, 2009
  2. Susannah, thank you for the comment. I will certainly link to your post on E-patients.net.

    July 16, 2009
  3. bertalan! I was led over here by Susannah’s Tweet and realized, I know that blog. :) Hope you are doing well – Scienceroll looks great! :)

    July 16, 2009
  4. Jessica, it’s great to see you here. I’ve been following Bioephemera for a long time. :)

    July 16, 2009
  5. My post is up:

    Shared Kismet: Wikipedia and the NIH

    http://e-patients.net/archives/2009/07/shared-kismet-wikipedia-and-the-nih.html

    July 17, 2009
  6. Thank you, Susannah, I link now to your post.

    July 18, 2009

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