Wikipedia and Cochrane Symposium, 2014

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Wikipedia and Cochrane
The 22nd Cochrane Colloquium at Hyderabad marks the 21st Anniversary of The Cochrane Collaboration. 'Wikipedia and Cochrane Symposium' is going to be an open meeting for Wikipedians, as well as those who are interested in getting involved in editing Wikipedia the day before the event.

A Background of Cochrane[edit]

Cochrane is an independent not for profit organization consisting of a group of over 28,000 volunteers(collaborators) in more than 100 countries. It was formed to systematically organize medical knowledge into a one-stop-shop for medical evidence. The group conducts systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials of health-care interventions and diagnostic tests. These are published in The Cochrane Library. Each year the collaborators gather at the Colloquium, held in a different country each year to exchange ideas and information.

Event Description[edit]

In 2013, Cochrane and Wiki project Med Foundation initiated a partnership to improve the evidence base of Wikipedia articles on healthcare topics. In support of this partnership, Cochrane has appointed Sydney Poore (User:FloNight) as our first Wikipedian in Residence. To know more

This pre-conference symposium will provide an opportunity to bring together some of the most established contributors to Cochrane evidence and Wikipedia healthcare content worldwide, working in both English and East Indian languages. Through this event, we hope to highlight the importance and relevance of this partnership to both organisations, establish and develop relationships between the Cochrane and Wikipedia communities, and inspire broader participation in furthering the partnership. The content will include presentations, discussion, and demonstrations on a number of relevant topics, including:

  • how to cite high-quality sources such as systematic reviews within Wikipedia
  • how best to strengthen the partnership to advance our shared goal of providing high quality evidence-based healthcare information
  • how to get involved in the partnership initiative

Target audience[edit]

Current and potential Wikipedians with interest in editing articles relevant to all aspects of health care.

Event Details[edit]

  • Venue

Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) Hyderabad

Address: Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) Hyderabad| Plot # 1, A N V Arcade| Amar Co-operative Society, Kavuri Hills| Madhapur| Hyderabad- 500033|Tel: 91 40 49006000

  • Date and time

21/09/2014: 09:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs IST.

  • Directions

The IIPH is 6 km from the Novotel Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC), the Colloquium venue. For directions and map: click here.

The IIPH is 4.3 km from Lemon Tree Premier and Red Fox (other Colloquium Hotels). For directions and map: click here

The IIPH is 3.4 km from Hotel Avasa, a Colloquium Hotel. For directions and map: click here

  • Seating limit

50 (so hurry, spaces are limited)

  • Registration

There is no charge to attend, but prior registration is required: [To register: Please fill the form]. The Wikipedia & Cochrane Symposium will be the first of a series of events featuring the Cochrane/Wikipedia partnership and related activities during the 22nd Cochrane Colloquium at Hyderabad. Other events planned include a special session, two workshops, and a Wikipedia editing booth – more details on dates and locations to follow soon! To attend these sessions, you need to register for the scientific sessions of the Colloquium.