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FW: MedPedia to Launch Late 2008
by Amos J Wright



A.J. Wright, M.L.S.
Associate Professor
Director, Section on the History of Anesthesia

Department of Anesthesiology Library
University of Alabama at Birmingham
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From: Alabama Association of College and Research Libraries
[mailto:AACRL@LIST...] On Behalf Of Beard, Craig
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 1:05 PM
Subject: FW: MedPedia to Launch Late 2008

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A consortium of major medical schools has announced MedPedia, the
professionally written wiki-based encyclopedia of medicine with separate
sections for lay readers and professionals.

ce-major.html> The Medpedia Project today announced the formation of the
world's largest collaborative online encyclopedia of medicine called
Medpedia <> . Physicians,
medical schools, hospitals, health organizations and public health
professionals are now volunteering to collaboratively build the most
comprehensive medical clearinghouse in the world for information about
health, medicine and the body. This free public site will officially
launch at the end of 2008, and a preview site becomes available

Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, the University of
California Berkeley School of Public Health, the University of Michigan
Medical School and dozens of health organizations around the world are
contributing to The Medpedia Project in various ways. Many organizations
will contribute seed content free of copyright restrictions. Harvard
Medical School will publish content to uneditable areas that members of
their faculty have created as part of a medical school wide effort.
Others organizations, such as University of Michigan Medical School will
encourage members of their faculty to edit Medpedia as individuals.

Other health and medical organizations that are supporting Medpedia
include the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Oxford Health
Alliance (, the Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies,
(FOCIS), and the European Federation of Neurological Associations
(EFNA). These groups are contributing content and promoting
participation in Medpedia to their members. Medpedia is also receiving
content and cooperation from the National Institutes of Health (NIH),
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Federal Drug Administration
(FDA) and many other government research groups who are eager to have
that public domain information distributed to both the general public
and to healthcare professionals.

"Medpedia has the potential to become a vital tool for scientists,
researchers and educators, as well as for the general public across the
globe, providing easy access to the latest and best information on
medicine," said Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff, Professor of Medicine at
Harvard Medical School, and Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Health
Publications Division of Harvard Medical School. "Sharing what we know,
we can help each other and help ourselves."

Over the next few years, the growing community of Editors on Medpedia
will create and interlink Web pages for the more than 30,000 known
diseases and conditions, the more than 10,000 drugs being prescribed
each year, the thousands of medical procedures being performed and the
millions of medical facilities around the world. These pages will
provide insight into the latest health and medical discoveries along
with photographs, video, sound, and images. The site has been designed
so that everything on a subject will be simple to access. The main topic
pages will be written in language the general public can easily
understand, and each topic page will have with it a "Technical" page for
professionals to discuss the same topic in more clinical and scientific

Medpedia runs on open source Mediawiki software, and like Wikipedia,
content on the Medpedia site will be available for reuse under GNU Free
Documentation License (GFDL)....In the future, in order to cover
operating costs, non-invasive, text-based advertising will be shown on
the Medpedia website through third-party ad networks such as Google's Ad Inc. is funded and managed by Ooga Labs
<>  a technology greenhouse in San Francisco
developing several for-profit, mission-oriented companies to address
worldwide needs in health, education, and activism.

While the contents of Medpedia will be OA, editing privileges will be
limited to those with an M.D. or biomedical Ph.D. who apply
<>  to
become an editor.  For more details, see the FAQ
stions> .

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