Adding evidence to Wikipedia: edit-a-thon

Tags: Workshop
Easow Mathew M1, Heilman J2, Bhaumik S3, Poore S4, Belavate N5
1South Asian Cochrane Centre / LSHTM, 2Wiki Project Med Foundation and University of British Columbia, 3BioMedical Genomics Centre, Kolkata , 4Cochrane Wikipedian in Residence, 5Wikimedia India


Wikipedia has been accepted worldwide as a source of health information by both lay people, medical students and healthcare professionals. With about 155,000 medical articles getting about 400 million page-views each month, there is an urgent need for ensuring that information available on Wikipedia is accurate, current, reliable, and free from bias. As Cochrane contributors and gatekeepers for "trusted evidence, informed decisions, and better health", helping to ensure the quality and reliability of Wikipedia medical articles is a logical extension of our mission to produce, disseminate, and advocate for the best available evidence.


This workshop is for new or novice editors in Wikipedia who wish to learn more about Wikipedia and to actively contribute to the improvement of medical articles. We aim to introduce the participants to:

1. Wikipedia, its contributor community, and the values it holds important.

2. How to edit articles in Wikipedia, specifically how to register as a user, creating userpages, general editing, citing and referencing, and following some good practices.

Participants wishing to make specific edits are encouraged to prepare and bring edited text, references, and other resources in advance of the workshop to maximize efficient use of limited time. This workshop will be a part of a series of events at the Colloquium geared towards strengthening the partnership between Cochrane and Wikipedia.