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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! 鈥擳he preceding unsigned comment was added by Richardpullicino (talk) 19:43, 30 March 2014

Wikimania 2016 in Italy[edit]

I have been asked what and from whom people want to hear talk at Wikimania?Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 05:49, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

Med topics you want to hear about?[edit]

Who you want to hear give an overview of our work?[edit]

Return of James to our board[edit]

Dear all, James Heilman was removed from the WMF yesterday.[1] It doesn't look like this is open for review or appeal, and James has stated on email that he is happy to return to the board of the WikiProject Med Foundation. Responses have been positive, and given that the original grounds for his resignation are now not relevant anymore I see no reason to deny this.

I have stated on email that I am finding myself with insufficient time to chair the Foundation to the standards that I would personally expect, and that I am happy to relinquish the chair back to James. Please state your views below. JFW (talk) 16:21, 29 December 2015 (UTC)

Board member comments[edit]

  • Support as proposer. JFW (talk) 16:21, 29 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support We are a hands-on board. James is a hands-on leader, who is well-suited to this role. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 08:41, 30 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Support Support Vinicius Siqueira (talk) 23:55, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Support Support CFCF 馃拰 馃摟 23:23, 24 January 2016 (UTC)


  • (Caveat: As of this writing I am not a formal member, so I don't think I get to vote here. I did just submit an application for membership, moments ago.) It has been suggested by several people that re-electing Doc James might be an appropriate response to the WMF Board's decision to remove him. I don't have a strong opinion one way or the other, and I don't know how Doc James would respond to being reelected and/or re-appointed, but it seems like a reasonable option for the community to consider. With that in mind, I'd suggest moving slowly in reappointing him to the WikiProject Med Foundation board (if it's deemed impossible for him to serve on both boards, either due to COI concerns or the demands on his time). -Pete F (talk) 17:19, 30 December 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your thoughts, Pete. If James is restored to the WMF board, I'm sure our board will be able to agree on a replacement chair. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 05:12, 31 December 2015 (UTC)
Yes I would be happy to return to the board of the WMF if they are willing to have me. Otherwise am also happy to return to the board of Wiki Project Med Foundation. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 10:10, 31 December 2015 (UTC)


In collaboration with User:West.andrew.g we have been producing data regarding Wikipedia and Medicine here. We have just come out with data regarding how many edits people have made to medical articles during 2015[2] and how many medical articles exist is different languages.[3] Best Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 07:26, 7 January 2016 (UTC)

When non-Wikipedians ask about Wikipedia they want this information. Thanks very much - this information is great for public relations. I will use editor stats and article counts by language in lots of talks because I know this always comes up. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:57, 7 January 2016 (UTC)
If you have other details you want collected happy to hear them :-) Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 00:43, 8 January 2016 (UTC)
Doc James This information would be much more valuable if it were contrasted with information from competitors.
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Stats/Number_of_articles_by_language_2015 - Wikipedia is in lots of languages. How many languages does WebMD, NIH, and CDC use, and how much content do they have in each?
  • Wikipedia:WikiProject Medicine/Stats/Top medical editors 2015 (all) - Again, what are equivalent numbers (best estimate) for competitors? How does one even begin thinking about this?
  • Then the biggest issue is traffic. I continue to hear that Wikipedia is not a significant source of health information, and the presumption behind this statement is that Wikipedia is a low-traffic health information source and that competitors are high-traffic. I know there are already charts, but I would like to see them regularly updated, and especially - I would like to get any authority to sign off on the validity of comparison charts so that they can be circulated and discussed with more confidence.
Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 16:28, 11 January 2016 (UTC)
We discuss this some here [4]
It is difficult to get data from other people. We cannot even get pageview data from the NIH unfortunately. I would love to compare how many page views their article on "cancer" or "gout" get with respect to our article on the same topic.
We include a broader scope of topics in what we define as medicine in some respects (physicians for example) but narrowing in other respects (we do not have 10 of M of abstracts for journal articles).
Thus comparisons are a little like apples and oranges and the services we are using to make the estimates are far from perfect. We just got info on mobile for example that was not in the prior analysis. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 23:49, 11 January 2016 (UTC)


We continue to collaborate with the en:International League Against Epilepsy. They have moved to a CC BY SA license following a couple of years of discussion. They are also forming an open access journal in which to publish Wikipedia formatted literature reviews which I imagine User:Anthonyhcole will be happy about. Additionally they are interested in some of us presenting at their next big conference in Dec 2016 in Houston. Doc James (talkcontribsemail) 20:19, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

That's great James. Their journal Epilepsia is the journal of epilepsy. --Anthonyhcole (talk) 23:53, 2 February 2016 (UTC)