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Imagine a world
in which every single person
is given free access to the sum of all medical knowledge.
That's what we're doing.

Key resources

Wiki Project Med (WPMEDF) is a nonprofit corporation whose purpose is to promote the development of medical content on Wikimedia projects by, among other things, forming collaborations with other like-minded organizations, giving talks / lectures at universities and other organizations, and working to develop greater access to the medical literature for Wikipedians. Its members seek to provide the sum of all medical knowledge to all people in their own language.

Mission[edit]

To make clear, reliable, comprehensive, up-to-date educational resources and information in the biomedical and related social sciences freely available to all people in the language of their choice.

This organization will not have any direct editorial control over the health-related content of the Wikimedia projects themselves. We believe the goals of the Wikimedia movement are best achieved in collaboration with other organizations who share those goals, and we see WikiProject Med's role primarily as an educational one, where we will provide advice and instruction to other like-minded individuals and organizations regarding how to contribute to Wikimedia projects.

Wiki Project Med will fulfill its mission in the following ways:

  1. Persuade individual experts and professional and scholarly associations to review or contribute to Wikimedia medical content, and provide them with necessary training
  2. Create, collect, process, and present the sorts of metrics which describe usage statistics and quality of health content on Wikimedia projects

While Wiki Med members may contribute health content themselves, they will do so not as members or representatives of WikiProject Med but as members of the projects that host that content (Wikipedia, Wikiversity, Wiktionary, Commons, etc.).

  • The territory of activity is everywhere in the world where there are people interested in achieving our mission.
  • The organization is legally registered in the United States but people from around the world can join.

Join[edit]

Membership is free for active contributors of medical content to a Wikimedia project (such as Wikipedia) or participants in an organisation whose mission aligns with Wiki Project Med's. Membership application form

Programs[edit]

For further information, see WMMED/Reports.

This organization promotes participation in Wikipedia Medicine projects across different languages (of which the English-language Wikiproject Medicine is one of several).

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v · d · e Announcements (seen in several Wiki Project Med pages):

Organizational partnership and collaboration[edit]

For further information, see Wiki Project Med/partnerships.

The standard kind of partnership which Wiki Project Med offers to any health organization is assistance in getting information and content from that organization's field of expertise into Wikipedia, then assisting the organization in getting feedback on how their information has been received and processed. In this model, organizations come to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects in the same manner as any other volunteers. The two kinds of help most frequently offered are as follows:

  1. If an organization has people who are willing to contribute information, Wiki Project Med will help arrange for training of those people.
  2. If an organization has information or media to donate so that Wikipedia's own volunteers can integrate it into the encyclopedia and elsewhere, then Wiki Project Med will help advertise and promote this content.

Collaborations are currently being developed with the World Health Organization, Cancer Research UK, United States National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health, and the Cochrane Collaboration. Efforts include issues surrounding copyright and the support of the creation of Wikipedians in Residence.

A number of presentations have been given globally regarding the significance of Wikipedia in Medicine including in Canada, the UK, India, Switzerland and Nepal. A model presentation is available here under a CC BY SA license for others to use and adapt. See there.

We are an official supporter of Health Information For All 2015 per their website

Translation[edit]

For further information, see en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Translation Task Force.

Some of our 2014 Ebola article translations into African languages:

The Translation Task Force is a project that began on the English Wikipedia in collaboration with Translators Without Borders to improve key medical articles via translation. A summary of the project is as follows:

  1. Identify the most globally important health articles on Wikipedia (a list is here)
  2. Improve them to "Good Article" or "Featured Article" status in English according to English Wikipedia criteria
  3. Once an article reaches at least good status, have it professionally reviewed
  4. Put the article in queue for translation into every other language in the world at Translators Without Borders, with emphasis on languages which do not have equivalent articles of good quality
  5. Present the most comprehensive multilingual source of health information ever compiled to the world, for free, continually as it is being created

Education outreach[edit]

For further information, see Wiki Project Med/education outreach.
  • We are partnered with UCSF on running 4 week elective for medical students each semester in which the students edit Wikipedia, with a class twice per year since 2013.

There is an existing Wikipedia outreach program which sends Wikipedia ambassadors - "campus ambassadors" - to schools to encourage students and professors to incorporate contributions to Wikipedia projects into the learning curricula. This organization facilitates participation in the campus ambassador program for those participating in health-related education projects at universities.

Quality control and peer review[edit]

In Dengue fever: a Wikipedia clinical review, the English Wikipedia article for dengue fever went through traditional medical peer review for publication in a medical journal
For further information, see en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/JMIR Wiki Medical Reviews.
For further information, see Wiki Project Med/Cochrane.
  • One reason some academics express for not contributing to Wikipedia is that they are unable to get the recognition they require for their current professional position. A number of medical journals have agreed in principle to publishing high quality Wikipedia articles under authors' real names following formal peer review. These journals include: Open Medicine, PLoS medicine and Open BMJ. Further details here. Journal of Medical Internet Research is about to publish a new online peer-reviewed journal, JMIR:Wiki Medical Reviews. See here.
  • The Wikiversity Journal of Medicine, started in 2014, is another effort to get academic credit for contributing to Wikipedia. This in house journal is set up to provide formal peer review for Wikipedia articles and images. It has the added benefit of being broader in scope, accepting many types of articles such as case reports. While many traditional Open Access publishers chart fees of one or two thousand dollars per article this journal is free. Efforts are ongoing to get it PubMed indexed which will allow another way for Wikipedia articles after formal peer review to end up on PubMed commons and be an appropriate reference in other academic work. Wikiversity Journal of Medicine can also accept any medical work that is scientifically significant in its own right.
  • There are certain articles which, although published in scholarly journals, could either be readily adapted into Wikipedia articles or preferably published verbatim as Wikipedia articles if they were appropriately licensed during publication. Some work has already gone into this concept; this project supports further efforts into reforming publishing standards so as to incorporate sharable media into Wikipedia as efficiently as possible.
  • General discussion on potential collaborations are taking place with the Cochrane Collaboration as described here.
  • Parallel to broader efforts to create a Wikipedia Library, efforts are underway to build relationships with scientific/medical publishing houses resulting in the donation of free and full access to their content for active Wikipedians. Partnerships with Credo Reference, HighBeam Research, and Questia Online Library have set a precedent for such relationships to be mutually beneficial: they provide visibility to the research databases and they give select Wikipedia editors direct access to the best available academic, scholarly, and professional reliable sources. Talks are ongoing with JSTOR and Cochrane Collaboration which have both expressed interest in joining The Wikipedia Library. Future targets include UpToDate, Elsevier, and Springer.
  • Possibly improving/creating medical {Find sources} templates, or creating a live feed of recent high-quality clinical guidelines or meta analyses to article talk pages.

Participation in Wikimedia community events[edit]

For further information, see Wiki Project Med/community events.

As might be expected, this organization participates more generally in outreach and development programs of the broader Wikimedia community. Among other things, some members of this organization also participate in the following:

Advocacy and policy[edit]

For further information, see Wiki Project Med/Advocacy.

This organization takes positions on issues, makes specific recommendations on best practices for sharing health information, sometimes asks organizations to do certain things, and may ask governments to adopt certain stances. Here are some general types of advocacy which this organization does:

  • Promotes the idea that all health information of general interest should be made available for free online, especially through Wikimedia projects, and particularly in Wikipedias of all languages
  • Advocates that barriers to sharing health educational material should be removed whenever there are not reasons to sustain them
  • Recommends that organizations sharing health information publish using free licenses, such as those developed by Creative Commons, in order to increase public access, open access, and sharing in general
  • Invites all perspectives to contribute to the global collection of health information which everyone uses
  • Offers to facilitate access to Wikimedia data for researchers examining the workings of Wikimedia projects, its community, and its impact

Technical tool and software development[edit]

For further information, see WikiProject Med/Tech.

Bots and scripts can help us improve medical content. This is a place to collaborate on proposals to develop these.

We have put together a "copy and paste detection bot" which is running on all medical articles. Results can be seen here en:User:EranBot/Copyright

Special projects[edit]

For further information, see Wiki Project Med/Projects.

Members of the organization have planned and developed a range of special projects. Some of these are major and ongoing and some are minor and were never well documented, as they could have been started and organized by volunteers who came and left. Miscellaneous projects are documented here.

Communication[edit]

Email communication[edit]

  • The board has frequent, ongoing internal communications via email.
  • We have a mailing list here, but it is expect that most discussion will take place on meta.

Newsletter[edit]

Social media[edit]

Press and awards[edit]

Press

Organizational structure[edit]

Name[edit]

Since December 2012 the organization has been a legally registered United States nonprofit organization based in New York. In November 2014 the Wikimedia Affiliations committee approved the groups request to be one of the Wikimedia Foundation-affiliated Wikimedia user groups.

Domains[edit]

Have currently purchased the domains wikimediamedicine.com and wikimediamedicine.org and wikimediamedicine.eu

Board members[edit]

Positions on the board[edit]

  • President: sets and chairs meetings - James Heilman
  • Vice president: manages above when president not available - Jacob de Wolff
  • Secretary: Takes notes- Brian/Biosthmors
  • Membership secretary: Manages membership - vacant
  • Treasurer: Takes financial statements - Doug/RexxS
  • Tax person: Takes care of taxes and yearly corporate renewal -Peter Coti
  • Outreach coordinator: Jake Orlowitz

By-Laws[edit]

The approved by-laws are here - Wiki Project Med/Bylaws. chaptercommittee-l at lists.wikimedia.org

Meetings[edit]

View details about upcoming and past meetings here! Anyone is welcome to propose items for the agenda.

People interested[edit]

Please add the languages in which you work

You will be notified from time to time as the project approaches or passes important milestones, such as the opening of the official membership list.

  1. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 14:47, 16 July 2012 (UTC) (English)
  2. Daniel Mietchen - WiR/OS (talk) 22:31, 18 July 2012 (UTC)
  3. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:28, 19 July 2012 (UTC)
  4. Vinicius Siqueira (talk) 05:20, 28 July 2012 (UTC)
  5. LeadSongDog (talk) 17:33, 1 August 2012 (UTC)
  6. Rich Farmbrough 01:38 18 August 2012 (GMT).
  7. MistyMorn (talk) 23:39, 22 August 2012 (UTC)
  8. Anthony Cole (talk) (Australia) 00:48, 23 August 2012 (UTC)
  9. Kpjas (talk) 15:27, 23 August 2012 (UTC)
  10. --Adert (talk) 22:54, 23 August 2012 (UTC)
  11. Amqui (talk) 16:44, 30 August 2012 (UTC) (as an observer, may help periodically if you need someone on the ground in the Canadian Prairies)
  12. have no real extra time to be active ATM but intrigued. Casliber (talk) 01:02, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
  13. Biosthmors (talk) 15:19, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
  14. Scray (talk) 22:38, 29 September 2012 (UTC)
  15. Brangifer (talk) 05:28, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
  16. Andreas Werle (talk) 18:32, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
  17. Zad68 (talk) 17:34, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
  18. Ildiko Santana (talk)
  19. Other editors interested
  20. Pete F (talk)
  21. --RexRowan (talk) 08:18, 10 October 2012 (UTC)
  22. FiachraByrne (talk) 22:25, 13 October 2012 (UTC)
  23. Mikael Häggström (talk) 13:05, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
  24. Jane023 (talk) 19:03, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
  25. Andrew Davidson (talk) 06:52, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
  26. Mrjohncummings (talk) 15:59, 15 October 2012 (UTC)
  27. Ocaasi (talk) 19:29, 16 October 2012 (UTC)
  28. Helga Perry (talk) 13:52, 21 October 2012 (UTC)
  29. Rupertfawdry (talk) 14:16, 21 October 2012 (UTC)
  30. Leighblackall (talk) 01:06, 22 October 2012 (UTC)
  31. DGG (talk) 05:16, 22 October 2012 (UTC)
  32. Benjitheijneb (talk) 21:21, 25 October 2012 (UTC) (No medical experience, and not even in university yet, but I'll try to contribute where possible)
  33. Palma Marton Chatonnet (talk): biologist, translator (EN-HU), editor (EN,HU) 17:24, 26 October 2012‎
  34. ashashyou (talk · contribs · email)--Ashashyou (talk) 08:19, 27 October 2012 (UTC)
  35. GeneralBelly (talk) 19:39, 1 November 2012 (UTC) - Irish doctor, very interested in WP and medical education
  36. DrGaellon (talk | contribs) 22:56, 1 November 2012 (UTC) - Medical educator in NYC area, general internist/hospitalist
  37. Tito Dutta (Talk) 12:06, 2 November 2012 (UTC) (no relevant qualification)
  38. MaenK.A.Talk 18:29, 9 November 2012 (UTC)
  39. NCurse (talk) 20:49, 9 November 2012 (UTC), you can count on me!
  40. --Ziphon (talk) 21:14, 10 November 2012 (UTC)
  41. UseTheCommandLine (talk) 03:04, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
  42. Mattopaedia Yes, Ive been a bit silent lately, but I'm still interested!. Mattopaedia Have a yarn 04:37, 12 November 2012 (UTC)
  43. Netha - Medical student from India, interested in medical education and public health.
  44. Owain Davies - professional digital healthcare provider
  45. Hydra Rain (talk)
  46. Abhishek Suryawanshi Pharmacy student, and young scientist from India.
  47. Michael Turken Medical student interested in technology, public health, and medical education.
  48. Sowlos 08:56, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
  49. Prashanth NS, Researcher & public health scholar from India working on health systems strengthening and research
  50. PizzaMan (talk) 10:03, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
  51. Rob Hurt (talk) 17:32, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
  52. Simon Caulton 22:18, 20 December 2012 (UTC)
  53. Cliff Knickerbocker (talk) 17:32, 20 December 2012 (UTC) - Lung cancer researcher, available in St. Joseph, Missouri, US area
  54. Doc Elisa(talk)- 15:09 22 december 2012 (UTC)giving support in cardiology, angiology, phlebology, internal medicine.
  55. Cpant23 (talk) 10:13, 22 December 2012 (UTC) giving support as translator (to castillan,... spanish), and doing another things
  56. Nicke.me - Biotechnology student from India, interested in Immunology, related disorders, its bearing in both health and diseases and research treatment methods.
  57. DocOfSoc (talk) Medical Sociologist
  58. Samir (talk) 01:10, 03 January 2013 (UTC) Oncology
  59. User:Ossip_Groth (talk) 06:10, 03 January 2013 (CET) Nephrology. I have the Metatextbook_of_Medicine resource, a collection of free medical reviews, 70k tagged, 20k to be tagged, actuality 2011, and some other med-lib stuff running, and the idea to supply pre formatted pubmed search terms. site is www.kidney.de.
  60. Redviolin87 (talk). 23:12, 07 January 2013. Rare diseases.
  61. Copyleft about degenerative disease --Copyleft (talk) 15:43, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
  62. FloNight (talk) 18:04, 11 January 2013 (UTC)
  63. Adh30 (talk) 00:53, 13 January 2013 (UTC)
  64. GastelEtzwane (talk) 22:53, 2 February 2013 (UTC) Interested in setting up a wikipedian in residence at the WHO in Geneva Switzerland
  65. Diptanshu.D (talk) 13:07, 16 February 2013 (UTC), a medical graduate from Kolkata, India, proceeding towards post-graduation in Paediatrics. I frequently lookup English Wikipedia for Medical articles and add to the knowledge base if I feel I can improve upon or contribute to a page.
  66. Cpt ricard (talk) 06:23, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
  67. NetAction (talk) 17:16, 5 April 2013 (UTC)
  68. --Franciaio (talk) 14:19, 24 April 2013 (UTC) interested in nursing, medical informatics, EBN, EBP
  69. NetAction (talk) 16:53, 25 April 2013 (UTC)
  70. Klortho (talk) 18:50, 1 May 2013 (UTC)
  71. --ProtoplasmaKid (WM-MX) (talk) 06:03, 3 May 2013 (UTC)
  72. Eleassar my talk 10:42, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
  73. JakobSteenberg (talk) 15:40, 7 May 2013 (UTC)
  74. Michaelturken (talk) 18:24, 8 May 2013 (UTC)
  75. Superbellymonster (talk) 03:17, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
  76. User:ashashyou (talk)--Ashashyou (talk) 13:48, 9 May 2013 (UTC)
  77. User:suidafrikaan (talk)10:46, 14 May 2013 (UTC) South African, mental health professional and university lecturer
  78. RuralVirologist (talk) 11:48, 17 May 2013 (SAST), South Africa
  79. Abhijeet Safai (talk) 10:53, 18 May 2013, India
  80. Can't follow too many of the administrative details but I'm around and paying attention. ImperfectlyInformed (talk) 14:34, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
  81. Gloria sah (talk) 11:46, 4 June 2013 (UTC)
  82. Quiddity (talk) 18:03, 6 July 2013 (UTC)
  83. --Gambo7 (talk)
  84. --Jacknunn (talk)
  85. --Jayantanth (talk) 07:45, 17 August 2013 (UTC)
  86. Shani (talk) 15:50, 21 August 2013 (UTC)
  87. Taketa (talk) 17:26, 29 August 2013 (UTC) - Medical intern from the Netherlands.
  88. --Facu89 (talk) 14:14, 23 September 2013 (UTC)
  89. Seppi333 (talk) 04:04, 12 December 2013 (UTC) (English)
  90. --Ganesh Paudel (talk) 01:53, 21 December 2013 (UTC)
  91. OR drohowa (talk) 20:22, 30 December 2013 (UTC) WIR at Metropolitan New York Library Council
  92. Ian Furst (talk) 02:17, 20 January 2014 (UTC) (English)
  93. Johnbod (talk) 13:28, 29 March 2014 (UTC) - not any sort of medical professional, also User:Wiki at Royal Society John as WiR at the Royal Society, the UK's National Academy for the Sciences.
  94. Benoit Rochon, translation task force in French.
  95. Humpath (talk) 10:55, 1 April 2014 (UTC) (English and french)
  96. --Partynia (talk) 21:05, 4 May 2014 (UTC) (German)
  97. Wintereu (talk) 13:35, 5 May 2014 (UTC) (Romanian)
  98. West.andrew.g (talk) -- Research scientist currently involved in studying cross-language viewership patterns on WikiProject medicine articles -- 04:32, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
  99. --LT910001 (talk) 23:03, 22 May 2014 (UTC)
  100. Brenton (talk|email) (I automatically watch all pages I edit) 16:45, 31 May 2014 (UTC). Been contributing since last year; I'm an Australian Pharmacy Student, I edit wherever I see something wrong with a page that I know how to fix. (English)
  101. Raimundo Pastor (talk - contribs) 11:55, 14 June 2014 (UTC) (Spanish)
  102. Zellfaze (talk) 19:13, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
  103. Nootherone321 (talk|Special:EmailUser/Nootherone321/email) Resident (English, Spanish)
  104. Iztwoz (talk) 16:17, 21 September 2014 (UTC) (English)
  105. Eukesh (talk) 17:01, 25 September 2014 (UTC) Medical doctor (English, Nepal Bhasa, Nepali, Hindi)
  106. A12n (talk) 19:13, 1 October 2014 (UTC) (no medical background; interested in facilitating translations for African language editions, esp. Bambara and Fula)
  107. Guaka (talk) 12:03, 27 October 2014 (UTC) interested in Bambara and Peul and other African languages, started an "Ebola translation task force" that can be considered a very focused part of this entire project (possibly more accessible to wiki newbies). Guaka (talk) 12:03, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
  108. Another Believer (talk) 22:47, 1 November 2014 (UTC)
  109. Losrivas (talk) 08:46, 4 November 2014 (UTC)
  110. Dr. Pereira (talk) 16:41, 9 November 2014 (UTC) (English, Italian)
  111. Part (talk) 10:20, 13 November 2014 (UTC) (English)
  112. Teles «Talk to me ˱C L @ S˲» 19:33, 22 December 2014 (UTC) (Portuguese)
  113. Bakerstmd (talk) 04:18, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
  114. CFCF (talk) (English, Swedish)
  115. Liang(WMTW) (talk) 07:44, 11 April 2015 (UTC) (Chinese, Taiwan)
  116. →Masssly 22:00, 22 April 2015 (UTC) (English, Akan, Hausa, Dagbani)
  117. Mikael Häggström (talk) 9 May 2015. (English)

Participant demographics[edit]

Participants come from a variety of countries, including the following:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Egypt
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

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