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This Wikimedia Participation Support request was funded in the fiscal year 2014-15. A report is available.

Wikipedia Science Conference
summaryI shall announce to the conference that the British Medical Journal ([1]) has offered to provide a peer review service for Wikipedia's medical content, explain the background and, most importantly, get feedback from the attendees on the philosophical implications and how we should design this process.
event locationLondon
event date(s)2nd & 3rd September 2015
amount requested2,400 Australian dollars
home countryAustralia
submitted on04:19, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Proposed participation


I have about 10 years Wikipedia editing experience, mostly working on medical articles. I'm on the board of WikiProject Med Foundation. Yesterday, Friday 14th August, in a teleconference involving Jake Orlowitz, myself, the editor-in-chief of BMJ and BMJ's publications manager, BMJ firmly committed to providing a peer-review service for Wikipedia's medical content. This is the culmination of a process initiated by Lila Tretikov, WikiProject Med president Jacob de Wolff, Jake and me in a phone conference with BMJ just before Wikimania 2015.

As the Wikimedian who will be driving this, I would very much appreciate thoughts from the attendees of this STEM conference on the philosophical (epistemological) implications of this step, as well as practical, nuts and bolts advice about tools and methods to streamline the process.

Goal and expected impact


I hope to: (a) inspire other Wikipedians to collaborate with me and BMJ on this project (b) inspire others to initiate similar projects in other knowledge domains and (c) learn from the attendees' experiences in similar collaborations.

Budget breakdown


Return air fare Perth-London-Perth: AUD 2,400 Accommodation: N/A (staying with family)

Other instructions




Anthony has put considerable time and effort into working with the British Medical Journal, and gaining their cooperation in peer-reviewing Wikipedia medical articles is a terrific accomplishment. The Science Conference would be a first-rate opportunity to interest a broader group who may help develop this collaboration, and having Anthony present would be very valuable. As a board member of both WikiProject Med Foundation and Wikimedia UK, I'd like to see his efforts supported, but I know that neither WPMF nor WMUK has a budget to offer him financial support. I understand that the Travel & Participation Support fund is aimed at "primarily non-Wikimedia events", but the Science Conference has a very broad base of organisation including multiple UK universities, Royal Societies and international institutes. As such I believe this event is suitable for assistance from the TPS, and I endorse Anthony's application. --RexxS (talk) 12:04, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

I am happy to endorse Anthony's request. This is important work and the Science Conference will be a key event in bringing together people who improve science-related content on Wikipedia. The recent work with the BMJ needs showcasing and developing and this is a key opportunity for doing so. JFW (talk) 21:33, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
I concur with the previous comments — Anthony is making valuable contributions in the area of medicine, and the collaboration with the BMJ is a prime example thereof. The Wikipedia Science Conference (which I will attend as well) is a very good opportunity to bring these activities to the attention of others operating at the interface between Wikimedia and the scholarly world. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 22:49, 15 August 2015 (UTC)