Crowdsourcing Medicine

TAU medical faculty offers course on improving entries for the online encyclopedia Wikipedia

Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine is this year offering a course on producing entries for Wikipedia, the crowd-edited online encyclopedia — the first Israeli university to do so.

"I'm convinced that the students who take the course will vastly improve the level of online medical information available to the public," the medical school's dean, Prof. Yosef Makori, told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

TAU designed the one-credit elective — called "Wiki-medicine: The Wonderful World of Wiki and Free Medical Information in Hebrew Wikipedia" — with the help of Wikipedia Israel. Participants will meet with regular contributors to Wikipedia in both Hebrew and English to learn how to write and edit reliable entries and to understand intellectual property rights.

Wikipedia has previously worked with educational institutions in Israel and around the world to offer instruction in writing for the web site. But TAU is the first academic institution in Israel to offer a course dedicated entirely to writing Wikipedia entries.

For more, see the Haaretz story at:
http://www.aftau.org/site/DocServer/Digital_age_doctors.pdf?docID=20241


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