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Internet in Medicine Course Week 4: Wikipedia and Medical Wikis

I’ve been a Wikipedia administrator since 2006 so this topic is really close to my heart. First slideshow is dedicated to Wikipedia issues.

  • Facebook + Google + Flickr (=) Wikipedia
  • How to build an encyclopedia? Pay professionals? Certainly not.
  • I believe in the power of masses.
  • Wikipedia statistics, history (Larry Sanger, Jimmy Wales)
  • 10 most visited websites in the world: Wikipedia is the 6th one.
  • Why is Wikipedia great? (Free, fast, comprehensive, discussions, easy to edit, objective, etc)
  • Why it isn’t great. (Almost the same reasons)
  • Vandalism and how we fight it: Huggle
  • Basics of editing an article; page history, talk pages
  • A Wikipedia article minute by minute:

Take-home message:

Wikipedia is a great place to start your research, but should never be the last source you finish your research with.

Second slideshow was focusing on medical wikis.

  • We need wikis for collaboration, teaching, organizing events, etc.
  • Definition of Wiki
  • Wikis in plain English:

Take-home message:

If you want to share and create content online, a wiki is a great tool to use.

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Li Xiaojun #

    Maybe professionals could incorporate video games in their virtual repertoire.

    March 26, 2010
  2. What is the key to a successful wiki (medical wiki) project?

    April 21, 2010

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