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The Pulse

Issue August/September 2014
On the heartbeat news beat for WikiProject Medicine: Aug./Sept. 2014
What's new  · What's happening  · Contribute a story

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What's new[edit]

Group photo at Wikimania - Some of us can be found in the upper left-hand corner!
Articles

The following articles have been promoted to good article status:

Other articles are awaiting review. Any editor can review a nomination, and instructions are provided here.

Wikimania 2014

A bunch of us from WikiProject Medicine were at Wikimania in London! We also had a great meet-up over at Cancer Research UKs HQ: meta:Wiki Project Med/Wikimania 2014 meetup, where we received input on how to improve our manual of style and how to make our content more relevant to all readers! The discussion led to these discussions on changing some of the WP:MEDMOS headings for conditions. Changing "Pathophysiology" to "Mechanism" has been agreed, but the sections on what do with Epidemiology and Contraindications remain open.

There were several medical-related presentations in the main conference program. In particular James Heilman's (Doc James) talk is available on You Tube. See this list of Medicine-related talks, and those by medical editors, for links. They were mostly video-ed but these seem slow appearing online (as in past years).

We also had a meet-up on the first day, in the delightful setting of the Barbican's "conservatory" filled with palms and other hothouse plants. This became the main base for a rolling conversation over the three days, meeting many editors for the first time, and also non-editors of various sorts, including Richard Lehman of the British Medical Journal and Cochrane Collaboration. In his next BMJ blog he wrote "I love Wikipedia. I even went to a session of the Wikimania conference last Friday. It was great. .... The Clinical Review this week is about the management of spasticity in adults. It deserves to be read widely, but it will not be. It is too long. It is behind a paywall. Where would a review like this do most good? Why, in Wikipedia of course. Then it would come up top if you did a Google search on “spasticity.” Patients, carers, and health professionals would all read from the same reliable source. But it can’t happen because there is no system for making authoritative, up to date clinical reviews freely available to those who most need them. Somebody needs to do something about this. James Heilman and I want to hear from you. Emails:..."

WikiProject Medicine leaflet

After many revisions we had a leaflet which anyone can print and distribute to advertise WikiProject Medicine. It was written by WikiProject Medicine members but the design was produced under management of EdSaperia in a project at wm2014:Project Leaflets.

Analytics/Studies

Quite a few studies and reports on statistics of Wikipedia's medical content are on their way out!

Ebola article went out to translation

Has been translated into over 60 languages as part of this project, including many African languages were the content is needed the most! Information exists on this disease in nearly 100 languages.

Copy paste detection bot

A copy and paste detection bot is up and running for medical articles. It is currently in the pilot phase and will likely require further tweaking. Data being placed here for human follow up. Wikipedia:MED/Copyright. An op-ed was published at the Signpost Op-ed 09-03.

Short mentions
  • A new twitter bot is monitoring Wikipedia for edits by IPs owned by the PhRMA industry-association at @PhRMAedits, with a complete history of edits from 2002-2014, courtesy of Jari Bakken (csv)

What's happening[edit]

CRUK diagram showing the T stages of bladder cancer, one of the 390 CRUK images released

Cancer Research UK[edit]

By John Byrne: The day before Wikimania 2014, CRUK hosted a meeting with medical editors of Wikipedia which was a great success, with Wikipedian attendees from 5 continents, and CRUK people from several teams – many thanks to those who attended!

The programme concentrated on using accessible language, with a presentation by Henry Scowcroft, and a discussion of some specific issues CRUK had identified with some of the headings in the recommended layout and contents for articles on medical conditions at Wikipedia's Manual of Style for Medical articles. The need for changes was readily agreed by those present, and is now being discussed by the community online – changes look certain to happen. At the meeting we also explained the different types of online information available from CRUK. Wikimania 2014 – The main conference itself was over three days at the Barbican Centre, attended by over 2,000 people from around the world. Henry Scowcroft and I co-presented with others for two talks (no video online yet), and there were a number of other mentions of the CRUK project by other presenters, all good. The project has strong supporters in the medical editing community, and has attracted plenty of attention more widely.

A CRUK UK press release rather got pushed out by the monkey selfie story, and a round of interviews with Jimmy Wales.

CRUK images released on open licenses[edit]

We had our first release of images on an open license a month ago – 390 diagrams from the CancerHelp pages. These have been enthusiastically received and already 176 of them are used in Wikipedia articles, 14 twice, which is a phenomenally quick uptake. They are SVG format files, which means that where appropriate the text labels in the images can easily be translated for use in other languages. That hasn’t happened yet, but it will. There's a blogpost on this on the WMF and WMUK blogs: New images released are quickly put to use. Many thanks to User:Fae for uploading them, and several editors, but especially User:Keilana, for placing them in articles, which I'm very cautious about doing, to avoid COI issues (though I have done a few). Please help to categorize and use them!

The first BaGLAMa2 report to include them shows page views of articles using these images in August, traditionally a low-traffic month, totalled 1.1 million. They are beginning to be used outside Wikimedia also; this is an example of an image used (and properly attributed) by the UK's Society for General Microbiology in their blog.

CRUK have now released all that type of diagram that they have, but the Governance Panel to confirm that other images are suitable for release has had its first meeting. Only certain types of unproblematic images will be involved. The idea of releasing the images is not just to allow use on Wikipedia, but anywhere else. One advantage of this is that it will save CancerHelp from having to respond to the many requests for permission to reuse they already get. There should be more images, and maybe some video, to report on next issue.

Wikipedia articles: We’ve had the preliminary reviews by CancerHelp for our main target articles on cancers of the lung, brain, oesophagus and pancreas. The amount of work needed varies very considerably! CancerHelp also kindly did a quick review of Endometrial cancer, which User:Keilana has been working up. After incorporating the changes, it has now been nominated to become a Featured Article.

Translation news[edit]

By CFCF IEG Grantee for Wikiproject Medicine Translation Task Force

Feature – Ebola articles[edit]

Electron micrograph of an Ebola virus virion

During August we have translated Disease and it is now live in more than 60 different languages! To help us focus on African languages Rubric has donated a large number of articles in languages we haven't previously reached–so a shout out them, and Ian Henderson from Rubric who's joined us here at Wikipedia. We're very happy for our continued collaboration with both Rubric and Translators without Borders!

Just some of our over 60 translations:
New roles and guides!

At Wikimania there were so many enthusiastic people jumping at the chance to help out the Medical Translation Project, but unfortunately not all of them knew how to get started. That is why we've been spending considerable time writing and improving guides! They are finally live, and you can find them at our home-page!

New sign up page!

We're proud to announce a new sign up page at WP:MTSIGNUP! The old page was getting cluttered and didn't allow you to speficy a role. The new page should be easier to sign up to, and easier to navigate so that we can reach you when you're needed!

Style guides for translations

Translations are of both full articles and shorter articles continues. The process where short articles are chosen for translation hasn't been fully transparent. In the coming months we hope to have a first guide, so that anyone who writes medical or health articles knows how to get their articles to a standard where they can be translated! That's why we're currently working on medical good lede criteria! The idea is to have a similar peer review process to good article nominations, but only for ledes.

Some more stats
Further reading


Anatomy & Physiology news[edit]

By CFCF

10,000th anatomy article

Somewhere during the first week of september, the number of articles tagged within the scope of the anatomy wikiproject passed 10,000! See more statistics at Wikipedia:WikiProject Anatomy#Project assessment.

Expansion of Heart

The heart article saw a significant expansion in August, with work continuing into September by Iztwoz, CFCF, Doc James among others! Is this a GAN soon? Or maybe even a FAC for WikiProject Anatomy?

Translations of anatomy-related articles

The goal will be to translate a number of articles relating to basic human anatomy, with the goal of increasing understanding of functions and diseases of the human body. Examples: Heart, Liver, Referred pain

Anatomography The heart: shown here in red as part of a rotating human body courtesy of Anatomography, and based upon real body scans
CNX Anatomy and histology of the small intestine
CNX Illustration of the physiology of the renin, aldosterone, angiotensin (RAS) system.
Introducing Anatomography & rotating images

Anatomography aims to build an anatomical repository of anatomical structures based on body scans of average humans [link] - (all under a CC-BY-SA ja 2.1 licence). Thanks to this we have been able to upload a large number of rotating images to the commons, mostly the work of Was a bee - who also deserves a special thanks for: Image and Animation tips guide
All the structures can also be accessed as .obj file - 3D models, which can be viewed and edited with software such as Blender.

CNX images of anatomy and physiology
  • A large repository of free images of human anatomy can be found over at the Commons

New stats[edit]

  • Wintereu was kind enough to compile a list of the major language Wikipedia's medical content, and how many articles are at GA or FA. Bear in mind GA/FA don't mean the same thing on all Wikis, but it gives an idea of what content is out there!
Rank Medical Project Number

Cscr-featured.png FA

Number

Symbol support vote.svg GA

Total
1
en.wikipedia
57
176
233
2
de.wikipedia
62
112
164
3
pl.wikipedia
24
55
79
4
es.wikipedia
20
43
63
5
it.wikipedia
14
30
44
6
ru.wikipedia
7
29
36
7
fi.wikipedia
9
25
34
8
fr.wikipedia
15
16
31
9
sr.wikipedia
16
8
24
10
pt.wikipedia
11
5
16
11
hu.wikipedia
15
1
16
12
zh.wikipedia
3
11
14
13
ro.wikipedia
3
9
12
14
sv.wikipedia
4
7
11
15
no.wikipedia
4
4
8
16
bs.wikipedia
6
2
8
17
fa.wikipedia
4
4
8
18
tr.wikipedia
2
2
4
19
uk.wikipedia
1
3
4
20
mk.wikipedia
1
2
3

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