Diving into the Wikipedia Crowd Reply

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In my previous post, “Stepping Foot in Wikipedia“, I discussed my experiment to engage deeper with the WikiProject Medicine (WP:Med) community to learn the processes and cultural norms within Wikipedia and see if there is a place to build-out a framework for regionalized standard of care information. As promised, I’m here to follow-up on my journey.


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Zotero is here to help you organize your research


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. We’ve found it to be especially useful when trying to scale references for information inclusion into Wikipedia.

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I’m writing this post in an apt state: low-sleep, busy, disorientated, and interrupted. I try all the remedies: More…

Stepping Foot in Wikipedia 1

Have you ever wondered how various disease conditions are managed in different regions of the world? From prevalence rate to the treatment regimens used, the standards by which each disease state is tackled and viewed upon can vary quite significantly from region to region.

Surfacing this sort of information can take some time, unless you are currently living within the respective region in question; what is the most readily used medication to treat hypertension in Scotland?

That’s where the power of the crowd can help. Who better to help surface this sort of information than the people who are on the ground level, locally, within that region? One could envision a regional standards of care knowledge map to look similar to the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care, but on a global scale. More…

The Power of Crowd Curation: We Investigate Wikipedia 1

How many times have you utilized Wikipedia as a source to learn a topic? If you’re like me, quite extensively. It’s hard to pass up since Wikipedia is almost always at the top of the list in search results. So why does this matter for the Lilly COI team? In our quest to stimulate an Open Clinical Intelligence Network (OCIN), we found that Wikipedia demonstrates a unique ability to engage the crowd to curate content, aligning well with our 4C model.

The free online encyclopedia has demonstrated the unique ability to attract crowd participation while maintaining sustainability in its open platform.

Research demonstrates its awesomeness as well. A recent study shows that Wikipedia ranks highest in customer satisfaction of online properties, ranking above Facebook and even Twitter.

A robust content library

It’s astonishing that Wikipedia now has 23 million articles with 4 million in the English language alone. As one can see, Wikipedia is a wide-ranging and rich content library, maintained by a passionate community of over 80,000 users who make five or more edits on the site in a month. That’s a lot of folks maintaining a lot of content.