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This is a report of activities of Wiki Project Med Foundation for 2018. It is not a complete list of everything we have done this year but represents a highlight of our work. The compiling of this report — like much that we do — has been a group effort, and we encourage involvement by further individuals within the wider membership.



We continue to see a lot of activity via this partnership. Jenny has joined the board of Wiki Project Med Foundation.

Translation efforts[edit]

Due to issues with Content Translation version 1.0, translation efforts have slowed.

World Health Organization[edit]

WHO has moved to a CC BY SA NC license unfortunately. They have tentatively agreed to possibly release some material specifically so that IIAB can use it.

National Institutes of Health / Center for Disease Control[edit]

NNLM ran an Wikipedia Edit-a-thon in the spring focusing on improving rare diseases (dashboard). Another is going to be run in the fall focusing on women's health.

Blog posts about our collaboration with NIOSH


Wikipedia Editing Across Health Professional Schools
  • Tel Aviv University: Efforts at Sackler School of Medicine continued for the fifth year in the Israeli Med Program with 33 med students participating in the Wiki-Med elective course. In addition, a second WikiMed elective has opened for the first time in the American Med program at Sackler. The elective, which began in 2017, spreads over 2 year, with the hopes of students doing some related research in their second year of the elective. This elective is run with the support of WikiEd, and in collaboration with Dr. James Heilman, Dr. Amin Azzam and the ILAE (The International League Against Epilepsy).
  • UCSF: In collaboration with WikEdu Foundation we continue to support the medical electives at UCSF School of Medicine
  • University of Virginia - the University of Virginia coordinates various Wikimedia projects including those related to health and medicine.

Rotary club[edit]

We have begun working with Rotary International. This has included giving talks at local meetings in Cranbrook BC and providing IIAB for a project in Myanmar.

Data Science Institute[edit]

The Data Science Institute at the University of Virginia appointed Lane Rasberry, bluerasberry, as Wikimedian in Residence in March 2018. In this role Rasberry committed continued collaboration with Wiki Project Med as he had done in his former role as Wikimedian in Residence at Consumer Reports from 2012-2018. His projects included coordinating the Cochrane Collaboration-Wikipedia Initiative/Article and citation matching research 2018, developing d:Wikidata:Scholia to better integrate Wikimedia projects with PubMed and other academic publications, and participation in Wiki Project Med initiatives including Medical School outreach and Internet in a Box development.


Collaborations with Osmosis ended in 2018 following concerns raised by a number of Wikipedians. These concerns include 1) that Osmosis is a commercial entity, 2) that the videos do not have inline references 3) that they contain a couple second logo at the beginning 4) that they are not easily collaboratively editable. While some of the issues can be easily addressed changing Osmosis to an NGO and making the videos easy to edit are not.


For the third year running the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU) has employed a Wikipedian in Residence (WIR) for a period during the summer. The goals have been writing content on the Swedish and English Wikipedia, based upon high quality sources such as meta-analyses and systematic reviews — as well as running workshops and spread information about Wikipedia within SBU.

In late 2017, a joint article was penned by Ragnar Levi, chief medical editor at SBU and Carl Fredrik Sjöland (WIR): Wikipedia används – och dess texter om hälsa behöver förbättras (Wikipedia is used — and its articles on health need improvement)

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute[edit]

In November 2018 the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit nongovernmental organization receiving some government funding, posted a call to hire a full-time Wikipedian in Residence for a one year term beginning in February 2019. In this role the Wikimedian in Residence will seek to integrate health information from PCORI into Wikipedia.

Zidovetz and bluerasberry of Wiki Project Med Foundation visited this organization in September 2018 to discuss collaboration.






Content distribution[edit]

Medical apps[edit]

The Wiki Project Med/App currently exists in ten languages with a larger and smaller version avaliable in English. Efforts are ongoing to develop offline apps in more languages.


This year we launched a version specifically geared towards South Asia which generated some press within India.[1] A version was created in collaboration with Stanford for a specific project in Uganda.

At Wikimania 2018 in South Africa we donated devices in support of a number of partners including:

Devices have also been used in a number of project including Maluk Timor (July 2018).


We continue to generate stats around Wikipedia and medicine. This year the work has been mostly done by User:Edgars2007.

This includes the top editors to Wikipedia's medical content who were awarded barnstars to recognize their work.

Global Community Efforts[edit]

Editing Wikidata while attending a medical course[edit]

  • Medical editors are translating labels and descriptions of medical items on Wikidata into their native language, in the context of their medical training pursuits. This helps them consolidate the terms, while adding value to the medical content on Wikidata, especially in minor languages (read more here).

Wikiproject Medicine launched on minor language Wikipedias[edit]

  • Wikiproject Med launched on Greek Wikipedia in July 2018 (see here)

WHO material translated into non-official WHO languages[edit]

  • The WHO Model List of Essential Medicines has been fully translated into Greek. Efforts are in progress to have important minor-language content available on Wikipedia linked to the WHO global site.





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Previous reports[edit]