NIH and wikimedia commons working together to improve quality of health info online


Since the pandemic broke out in April 2009, Wikipedia has been one of the major sources of information about the topic. Click the “history” tab of the article, and you will see the fascinating story of hundreds of volunteers donating their time and knowledge to make all facts about the swine flu outbreak accessible to millions of readers around the globe.

Now, through a grant from the Ford Foundation, “medical researchers and other staff members of the NIH will learn how to contribute to Wikipedia’s content and engage with other Wikipedians to further increase Wikipedia’s quality and credibility.”

This is the kind of solution that shows how social media will overcome the perceived hurdles described in some of my previous postings 🙂 It makes me happy!

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