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Coventry Medical Wiki Workshop

UHCW NHS Trust Library & Knowledge Services

Friday, 31 August 2012 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)

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Millions of people look up medical information on Wikipedia, but how reliable and trustworthy is it? Here's your chance to get involved and contribute to improving the quality and evidence base of Wikipedia's medical content.


The Clinical Sciences Library at University Hospital, Coventry is hosting this special Medical Wiki Workshop Day in collaboration with Wikimedia UK , Wikimedia Canada and the Global Education Program, focusing on editing and improving the medical content on Wikipedia. We will be looking at finding and critically appraising the best clinical evidence, including a presentation by Jon Brassey of TRIP Database, followed by plenty of hands-on practice in Wikipedia editing.


Dr. James Heilman, Wikimedia Canada Board of Directors, will be giving a Keynote Address and leading the hands-on  editing workshops. James is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine and on the Faculty of Medicine at University of British Columbia, Canada. He is one of the most active and prolific editors in WikiProject Medicine. He has lectured and facilitated workshops in many countries worldwide. See some videos at 

This free workshop will be of benefit to clinicians, researchers, library & information professionals, undergraduate and postgraduate medical, nursing & allied health students.


Programme (timings are approximate)

09.30-10.00 Arrival & Registration

10.00 Welcome & housekeeping

10.05 Background to WikiProject Medicine (Jacob de Wolff, Founder of WikiProject medicine)

10.20 Wikipedia and Medicine (James Heilman)

11.15 coffee break

11.30 The Digital Detective (Helga Perry, Library & Knowledge Services, UHCW NHS Trust)

11.45 Find Evidence Fast (Jon Brassey, Co-Founder of TRIP Database)

12.15 Critical Appraisal: "It's not as scary as you think!" (Petra Meeson, Library & Knowledge Services, UHCW NHS Trust)

12.30 lunch break

13.45 HANDS-ON EDITING (leaders: James and Wakana Heilman)

16.00 summing up 

Come to the Red Lion in Ansty Road afterwards.


 We have some laptops available on the day. You may bring your own laptops if you wish to use our free WiFi.

Bring your own lunch or use the cafeteria in the Clinical Sciences Building.

Attendance Certificates will be issued.


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To  would-be participants from overseas!  Please note that this event is taking place in Coventry, England. There is no webcast/webex/teleconferencing and all participants are responsible for making their own travel/accommodation/subsistence etc. arrangements.

We will be on Twitter during the event: use the hashtag #coventrywiki

Do you have questions about Coventry Medical Wiki Workshop? Contact UHCW NHS Trust Library & Knowledge Services
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Clinical Sciences Building
University Hospital
Clifford Bridge Road
CV2 2DX Coventry
United Kingdom

Friday, 31 August 2012 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST)

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UHCW NHS Trust Library & Knowledge Services

Providing comprehensive library, knowledge & information services - best evidence to support patient care, research and education at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust.

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