[p2p-research] Medpedia to best the more democratic Wikipedia? | Health Tech - CNET News

Paul D. Fernhout pdfernhout at kurtz-fernhout.com
Thu Nov 26 01:18:06 CET 2009

Medpedia has not been mentioned in the archives:
Founded on the noble and semipractical system of providing free online 
medical information generated for and by physicians, journals, schools, 
patients, and more, Medpedia's three stated goals are to be collaborative, 
interdisciplinary, and transparent. The idea is to maximize knowledge and 
minimize the kind of screwing around that continually threatens the efficacy 
of other wiki-based projects. Of course, the extent to which this is 
successful hinges on the quality, integrity, and transparency of the editors.
   While Medpedia uses the open-source software Mediawiki (also used by 
Wikipedia), it is less collaborative than the vast encyclopedia site, 
allowing only physicians and Ph.D.s approved by an editor to contribute to 
and edit articles. (The less medicine-literate masses are allowed to create 
accounts and suggest changes, but not actually make them.)

--Paul Fernhout

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