Wikipedia-The Next WebMD?

With the aim to authenticate and regulate medical information, Cancer Research UK plans to provide the most up-to-date and accurate healthcare information.

Cancer Research UK is calling for scientists, doctors and nurses to get more involved in Wikipedia to help ensure the free online encyclopaedia has the most up to date and accurate information on cancer.

Speaking at the Wikimania 2014 conference in London, Cancer Research UK will be discussing Wikipedia’s role as a resource for people searching for cancer-related information on the Internet, and how this fits in with their use of other online medical content.

The charity — working with Wikimedia UK – is employing an ‘in-house’ Wikipedian in Residence** and at the conference, will also its outline plans — as part of this project - to evaluate how people use the site to find information, and how to make its pages easier to understand.

It will also be evaluating whether the content has improved since the project began. A panel including Wikipedia’s medical editors will discuss the issues.

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Source: Cancer Research UK