NIH and Wikimedia Foundation Collaborate to Improve Online Health Information

from a BHIC posting…

The National Institutes of Health and the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that operates the Wikipedia(r) online encyclopedia, are joining forces to make health and science information more accessible and reliable. This collaboration is the first of its kind for both organizations.

“NIH works to ensure that the information it provides on science and health is of the highest quality and reaches the widest audience,” said John Burklow, NIH associate director for communications and public liaison. “We look forward to this opportunity to collaborate with the Wikimedia Foundation and participate in a resource that is used by millions of people around the world.”

On July 16, NIH will host Wikimedia staff and volunteers working in the sciences for an all-day event on its Bethesda campus. Participants will learn about the philosophy and mechanics of Wikipedia and will begin what is hoped to be a long-term dialogue aimed at improving public knowledge about health, science, and medicine. The international foundation has never before worked with a federal agency or a health sciences institution.

[Read the complete NIH News Release online at: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jul2009/od-14.htm

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