|Type of site||Wiki|
|Owner||Medpedia Inc., Ooga Labs|
|Launched||17 February 2009|
|Alexa rank||1,989,912 (December 2013[update])|
|Current status||Closed January 2013|
Medpedia was a collaborative project launched on 17 February 2009. Its aim was to create an open access online medical wiki encyclopedia in association with Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, Berkeley School of Public Health, University of Michigan Medical School, the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS) as well as other contributors. Content was licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC-BY-SA) license and ran on modified MediaWiki software. Harvard Medical School did not have a role in, nor is it responsible for, the content that appeared in the “wiki” section of Medpedia.
Anyone with medical knowledge was welcome to become part of Medpedia's community. However, to qualify to edit or contribute to the main content, approved editors must have an M.D., D.O., or Ph.D. in a biomedical field. Such editorial control policies appear to have been relatively successful in earlier established medical wikis directed towards a more technical audience such as Ganfyd. Others can contribute by writing in suggestions for changes to the site using the "Make a suggestion" link at the top of each page. An approved editor will review and potentially add submitted suggestions.
Medpedia was composed of three primary components:
- A collaborative encyclopedia (also referred to as the "knowledge base")
- A Network & Directory for health professionals and organizations
- Communities of Interest where medical professionals and non-professionals come together to discuss topics of interest.
A 2012 literature review of 50 academic journal articles about the use of social media by clinicians remarked that Medpedia had "launched in 2009 with substantial institutional backing" but that the authors "did not find articles reporting success metrics" for it.
About January 2013 the site abruptly closed with apparently very little attention. Medpedia’s founder James Currier acknowledged this was permanent in a Medical blog in July 2013
Medpedia is now closed. Their facebook and twitter feeds may be still open but they have not been updated in a few years. Their webpage now goes to a spam site.
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- Official site URL - WARNING as of 2013 a spam site
- Tech Crunch, Medpedia Could Be Just What the Doctor Ordered February 17, 2009