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From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

Submission no. 3053
Title of the submission
Wikipedia and Medicine
Type of submission
Author of the submission
James Heilman
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikiproject Med Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikipedia is the single most used health resource in the world.[1] Like much of Wikipedia; however, it is not as good as it could or should be. A group of editor at WPMED and Wiki Project Med Foundation are working to try to improve things. The presentation will discuss our efforts including:

  • Translating high quality content into as many other languages as possible in collaboration with Translators Without Borders. Currently working in around 60 languages and have translated more than 3 million words of text. How we are addressing the fact that different languages have different readership and one version does not fit all.
  • Collaborating with other evidence based medical organizations including the Cochrane Collaboration, the National Institute of Health and Cancer Research UK
  • Collaborating with the University of California San Francisco College of Medicine. Have run two pilot 4 week 4th year medical student electives.
  • While we have a clear idea what people are looking at in English. What does medical viewership look like in other languages? A discussion of new data from Wikipedia's other 286 languages.
  • How we are dealing with conflict of interest editing.
WikiCulture & Community or GLAM Outreach or Education Outreach
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
60 Minutes (NB 30 minutes on programme now)
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