Wikipedia:WikiProject CRUK

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Diagram showing why cancer cells need their own blood supply, the first CRUK released image. See the Commons category for more as time goes by; now over 400.
"When cells cause cancer by giving the wrong messages" - we've finally cracked the file format conversion to start uploading some of our animations!
One of Cancer Research UK's annual "Race for Life" events, here at Cheltenham in 2011

John Byrne (normally User:Johnbod) is Wikimedian/Wikipedian in residence at Cancer Research UK in London from May to early December 2014, four days per week, using the alternate account User:Wiki CRUK John for edits made in this role (my editing stats (some also on my main account)).

The only photo Commons used to have for Cancer Research UK's London Research Institute


See CRUK's Henry Scowcoft's interview with in September 2014]

From John's WMUK/WMF blogpost (see section below): "Part of the role at CRUK will be to work with the existing medical editors on the English Wikipedia to improve our articles on cancer topics, in particular those on the four common cancers which are widely recognised as having the greatest “unmet need” due to little improvement in survival rates in recent decades. These are cancers of the lung, pancreas, brain and oesophagus. CRUK has just announced a new research strategy with an increased focus on these types of cancers, and my role will complement that. I will also be addressing other cancer-related content, for example in relation to the Medical Translation Project of WikiProject Medicine.

CRUK has access, through its own staff and its access to other researchers and clinicians, to tremendous amounts of expertise, both in terms of science and the communication of science, where they have teams trained and experienced in communicating with a wide range of distinct audiences, from those who write their patient information pages in very plain English to the different teams who produce material for scientists and for general audiences. My boss, Henry Scowcroft, writes for CRUK’s award-winning science blog, and is a Wikipedian. I’ll be exploring a number of approaches in hopes of bringing all this expertise to bear on Wikipedia’s content.

Wikimania 2014 in London, about a mile from CRUK’s HQ, is a great opportunity to bring CRUK and many medical Wikipedians together face to face. A novel aspect of the role is that we are planning to conduct research into the experiences on a range of different types of consumers of Wikipedia’s cancer content. There has been very little formal qualitative research into the experiences of Wikipedia’s readers – we hope this project will begin to address this gap, as well as encourage others to carry out similar projects.

I will also be making presentations and conducting training for key groups of CRUK staff and researchers at their five main research centers in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Oxford and Cambridge. Some of this will be traditional how-to-edit training, but I will also be doing some workshops aimed at people who want to contribute reviews and comments, but who don’t expect to do much editing themselves.

On another tack, I will be working on releasing suitable CRUK images on open licenses and uploading them onto Wikimedia Commons. I think the medical diagrams CRUK has created will be especially useful in Wikipedia articles. We’re already making substantial progress towards a substantial release of content."

Top cancer-related translation targets, from the Popular pages WikiProject Medicine Translation task force list: Cancer, Leukemia , Colorectal cancer, Lung cancer, Breast cancer, Prostate cancer, Stomach cancer, Skin cancer, Health effects of tobacco.

Based on the funding application to the Wellcome Trust, who are funding the project, Wikimedia UK has created a list of the objectives for this project from their point of view. It refers to their strategy structure, which you can see at wmuk:Strategic goals.

CRUK article reviews[edit]

These are initial reviews by the internal people who recently reviewed and revised the CRUK (cancerhelp section) pages on this, with the most useful recent papers, which I have working copies of. The idea is to sort these points out in the article before sending the article for review by other outside specialists.

Pancreatic cancer has now had a review by an outside clinical expert, has completed a Wikipedia peer review, and is going through a Featured Article nomination

CRUK images released on open licenses[edit]

Diagram showing the T stages of bladder cancer

We now have over 400 body diagrams up - not all cancer-specific. More images to follow as the project continues. This is a list of the latest upload. Many thanks to User:Fae for uploading the first main batch. Please help to categorize and use them!

The BaGLAMa2 report shows page views of articles using these images in August, traditionally a low-traffic month, totalled 1.1 million. Subsequent months showed: September, 1.41 million, October 1.43 million, November 1.35 million (cumulative 6.61 million to November). These figures exclude views on mobile & other hand-held devices, which will represent about 30% of total traffic.

Example of an image used (and properly attributed) by the Society for General Microbiology in their blog.

Cancer Statistics[edit]

CRUK maintains CancerStats a large web sub-site devoted to cancer statistics, mostly UK but also global. A number of CRUK specialists from the stats team added basic UK stats to several cancer articles on October 3rd - e.g. this, with this note/disclosure on the talk page: "Hi, I'm from Cancer Research UK and going to add some UK stats to the epidemiology section complied from ONS, ISD Scotland, Welsh Cancer Intelligence and Surveillance Unit and the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry as summarised on the Cancer Research UK website". They now plan to do the rest of the 35 cancer types they cover in the same way. What is great is that they are keen to incorporate this into their standard updating procedures.

See: these contributions in particular

Editors involved[edit]

Inside CRUK[edit]

Email Wikipedia[at] - the long-term contact email for CRUK. For now, goes to me as Wikpedian in Residence, and User:HenryScow. Wiki CRUK John (talk) 16:21, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

For other CRUK employees and researchers who have received editing training in 2014 see the training section below, and sub-pages.
For the 2011 training, see User:HenryScow/CRUK Editors

Outside CRUK[edit]

Meeting up at Wikimania 2014[edit]

As part of the pre-conference events, we had a very successful meeting at CRUK, see the event page on the Wikimania site (and planning on meta:Wiki Project Med/Wikimania 2014 meetup), with editors from 5 continents, and several CRUK staff from various departments. Many thanks to all who came! One result can be seen at Wikipedia_talk:Manual_of_Style/Medicine-related_articles#A_change_to_some_of_our_headings, where improvements to some WP:MEDMOS headings that were discussed are being opened to the WP medical community.


Interim reports:


Mainly written for CRUK non- or new Wikipedians.

More images[edit]

Media mentions[edit]

My blogs etc.[edit]

Other media[edit]

Wikimania 2014[edit]

  • video of: "Wikipedia and Medicine", Speaker: James Heilman (09:10 to 45:00 on file)
  • "What does a Wikipedian in Residence in the scientific sector do?", John Byrne & Henry Scowcroft of Cancer Research UK, Sydney Poore, Wikipedian in Residence at Cochrane Collaboration. Video on You Tube, starts at 1:10:30
  • "Medical information online; Wikipedia's place in the ecosystem", panel: James Heilman (Jmh649]/Doc James) MD, CCFP-EM, Clinical Faculty member of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (Clinical Instructor), Henry Potts, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Health Informatics and Multiprofessional Education (CHIME), UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care (Bondesgesou), Henry Scowcroft (HenryScow) Cancer Research UK's news and multimedia manager, and John Byrne (Johnbod), now the Cancer Research UK Wikipedian-in-Residence (as Wiki CRUK John). Video here, starts 1:03:20)

2011 project[edit]

See here. Training was received courtesy of Wikimedia UK for a number of CRUK staff, mostly those who write CRUK material for their websites and other outputs. User:HenryScow is now managing the Wikipedian-in-residence.




Research into Wikipedia and medicine[edit]

AC list
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Most-viewed Wikipedia cancer articles[edit]

Missing any? Please add - lymphoma is in top 6-7

Notes on articles[edit]

Short, jargon-only[edit]

Henry's picks[edit]

Human papillomavirus - Intro wrong re types
Incredibly US focused (tho’ mentions the big European trial): Prostate cancer screening
Always a fun topic to fight over:

[Mobile_phone#Health_effects], Mobile_phone_radiation_and_health

There is *nothing* on the ‘alcoholic beverage’ page about health, let along cancer…

Alcoholic_beverage#Ethanol_considered_as_a_drug but (JB) Alcohol_and_cancer gets 60K vpa and is a terrible article

Only tangential mention of cancer on either of these pages:

Obesity, Body_fat - but (JB) Obesity-associated_morbidity gets 17K vpa & is a terrible title, really terrible article. Diet and cancer doesn't cover either.

But there is here: Overweight Under ‘health effects’ – has a section on everything *except* cancer (and mentions obliquely just a couple of times).

Barely mentions cancer:

Could do with a check:


However, this is excellent:

Popular pages[edit]

Cancer site links[edit]

Event evaluation links[edit]

blogs etc[edit]