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The Social MEDia Course: Medical Wikis
Bertalan Mesko, MDon 3 October 2015
Transcript of The Social MEDia Course: Medical Wikis
Bertalan Mesko, MD, PhD
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Take home messages
If you need an online database/worktable for your group project, wiki is a good choice
Find the software you need (on your website, or as a service, paid with more features or free)
Easy to learn, easier to use, share, collaborate and discuss in one single place
If you want to share, organize, manage and discuss content for and with your group, a wiki is a perfect tool.
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A wiki is a page or collection of Web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content (excluding blocked users), using a simplified markup language.
Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites.
First wiki was installed by Ward Cunningham in
Later it was named as wiki, a Hawaiian word meaning "fast" or "quick". Wiki Wiki Shuttle buses run on the island of Hawaii at the Honolulu International Airport.
He later described the wiki software, as
"the simplest online database that could possibly work."
Inspiration was from Apple's HyperCard, a system allowing users to create virtual "card stacks"
uses hypertext language.
’’’[[Wiki]]’’’ uses hypertext language.
Editing an entry
Page history with all the previous changes and versions
Wikipedia is the example used here, but Wikipedia is just
one of the wikis
You can install MediaWiki on your website
Let's see medical wikis
There are plenty of them
And others (see hand-out)
Only medical professionals can register and use it
A great community and database of radiology-related content
One of the most active wikis in the field of healthcare and social media
Assessment of medical wikis
By Dobrogowska-Schlebusch & Niedzwiedzka
52 medical wikis included in the study
Assessed by credibility, content, disclosure, design, links, interactivity and caveats
The assessed medical wikis occurred to be of good quality, if we looked at their design, but the quality of the wikis turned out to be poor.
The best medical wikis
1. ECGpedia , Wiki Doc 93%
2. Wikikidney.org 89%
3. PubDrug , WiserWiki , Radiopaedia.org 87%