Week 4: Wikipedia and Medical Wikis

To be honest, this is my favourite topic in the field of medicine 2.0 as I’ve been a Wikipedia administrator for 2 years now.

  • 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 7th 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 good source as a beginning for doing research on a topic, but should never be the last source you finish your research with.

Second slideshow was devoted to medical wikis.

  • We need wikis.
  • 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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