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The use of Wikipedia by doctors for their information needs[edit]

This is a proposal for a research project to study the relationship between Wikipedia and the information needs of doctors. The community's knowledge and feedback is more than appreciated! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Richardpullicino (talk) 19:43, 30 March 2014

Industry funding and ghostwriting of sources[edit]

In case anyone here would like to comment, I've opened a discussion about the above at en:Wikipedia talk:Identifying reliable sources (medicine)#Industry funding and ghostwriting of sources, with a view to adding something to the guideline. Sarah (SV) talk 22:06, 30 May 2015 (UTC)

Its hard to pick up but is a concerning practice. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:46, 31 May 2015 (UTC)
For what it's worth, the "GLAM Night Out" session at Wikimania 2012 featured an excellent panel discussion on this topic. Charles Ornstein of Propublica -- a publication that has done good work on stuff like this -- was particularly compelling. I don't think there was video or audio, but the page contains some info that might be of interest: -Pete F (talk) 03:42, 31 May 2015 (UTC)

Name of this organization[edit]

I wanted to check in about the name of this organization. There has always been some confusion about this. The last public discussion about this was a few years ago at Talk:WikiProject_Med/Archives/2013#Please_choose_another_name.

To review -

  • The legal registered name of this organization is WIKIPROJECT MED FOUNDATION, INC.
  • This organization most commonly goes by "Wiki Project Med" or "Wiki Project Med Foundation"
  • "Wikimedia Medicine" was the first proposed name for this organization, but was excluded because of a prohibition on using the trademarked term "Wikimedia" and legal regulations about using the term "medicine"
  • "WikiProject Medicine" is the name for each separate community forum for discussing health content in the network of Wikimedia projects
  • In the linked discussion above, "Wiki Med" is discouraged by the Wikimedia Foundation because they feel that "Wiki Med" seems like "Wikimedia"

I have raised the name issue in private correspondence in the past, advocating for thoughtfulness in choosing a single name with a single spelling so that the efforts of this group would have consistent branding and the consistent online use which would support good search engine indexing.

Just recently, participants in this project released a web app which is called "WikiMed Medical Encyclopedia". This might be a break from branding and might not be a good long-term name for this application.

I would like to call for confirmation of the primary name for this organization and for secondary names which might be used, if members feel like this organization needs multiple names. If anyone wants to propose a name change, this probably is not a good place to do that unless the person proposing a name change has already registered a domain. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:46, 15 June 2015 (UTC)

Yes agree. We have gone through a few names. Now that we are an official user group we could request Wikimedia Med from the WMF.
The app is a product thus its name does not need to match that of this organization or the Wikiprojects. I was not directly involved with determining its current name but I assume we could request it changed if we have a better one in mind.
We also own the domain Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 22:34, 15 June 2015 (UTC)
My preference is still for "Wikimedia Medicine", and as an affiliate, this should now be doable. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 12:10, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

Replacement of President[edit]

To assume membership on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation I am required to step down from the board of Wiki Project Med Foundation. Therefore as of July 15th, 2015 I propose Jacob de Wolff assume the role of president replacing me. (the voting below is for member of the board)

  • I don't think I can vote for myself, but I am aware of this vote and am happy to serve as president. JFW (talk) 18:32, 12 July 2015 (UTC)
  • I am not a board member but I participate in the project activities. Jacob is a good choice. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:35, 13 July 2015 (UTC)

Hey, thought you all might be interested to know that is now active, should Wiki Project Med participants wish to contribute in some way. -Another Believer (talk) 19:36, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Havn't seen it before. I like the license and the fact that it uses instantcommons.
It appears to be more than a year old. And there has only been one edit in the last 30 days to the site.
It is part of a family of wikis
I am of the opinion that it is best to keep all topics within a single wiki rather than split content into separate wikis. I see that as one of Wikipedia's successes. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 23:20, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

Regional US/Canada Wikimedia conference - Washington DC - 9-11 October[edit]

WALRUS - Wikipedians Active in Local Regions of the United States

Hello. I would like to invite you to WikiConference USA. This community gathering will be Friday-Sunday 9-11 October (with Columbus Day being Monday the 12th) in Washington DC at the National Archives and Records Administration.

Persons interested in participating may present a submission, request one of about 25 travel scholarships, or plan to attend. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:18, 5 August 2015 (UTC)

Unfortunately need a little more of a heads up :-( . Hopefully next year. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:44, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Google curates medical information[edit] --Nemo 18:18, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia's 15th birthday - get involved![edit]

Apologies for cross-posting the below!

The 15th birthday of Wikipedia, and the Wikimedia movement, is coming soon! We’re eager to make plans to celebrate on January 15, 2016.

As a way to kickstart planning around the 15th, there is a page on Meta for Wikipedia 15. Eventually, we plan for the page to have resources including:

  1. Resources to plan events and meetups locally to celebrate the 15th.
  2. More information on sharing birthday photos, videos, stories, Wikipedia content, and other media.
  3. Tips for pitching to local media to cover your event.

Many of the sections on the meta page are blank for now, but we’ll be working with you to add more information to the page over the next few months leading up to the birthday celebration in January. Please feel free to add, edit, and discuss what you’d like to see for Wikipedia’s 15th birthday!

We look forward to celebrating with you!

-for the Wikimedia Foundation Communications team, JSutherland (WMF) (talk) 01:31, 1 October 2015 (UTC)