Seminar: Wikis and the Dissemination of Medical Knowledge

Seminar Announcement

Dr. Michael Bonert
Faculty of Medicine
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Wikis and the Dissemination of Medical Knowledge

Department of Computer Science
Friday, February 22, 2013, 3:00 p.m., Room EN-2022




 Dr. Bonert will be discussing his experience building a wiki with particular emphasis on focuson pathology. Much of the presentation will be a review of his multiple-authored paper/Wikipedia: a key tool for global public health promotion, / J Med Internet Res. 2011 Jan 31, published under this abstract:

The Internet has become an important health information resource for patients and the generalpublic. Wikipedia, a collaboratively written Web-based encyclopedia, has become the dominantonline reference work. It is usually among the top results of search engine queries, includingwhen medical information is sought. Since April 2004, editors have formed a group calledWikiProject Medicine to coordinate and discuss the English-language Wikipedia's medicalcontent. This paper, written by members of the WikiProject Medicine, discusses the intricacies,strengths, and weaknesses of Wikipedia as a source of health information and compares it withother medical wikis. Medical professionals, their societies, patient groups, and institutions canhelp improve Wikipedia's health-related entries. Several examples of partnerships already showthat there is enthusiasm to strengthen Wikipedia's biomedical content. Given its unique globalreach, we believe its possibilities for use as a tool for worldwide health promotion areunderestimated. We invite the medical community to join in editing Wikipedia, with the goal ofproviding people with free access to reliable, understandable, and up-to-date health information.