Monday, May 14, 2007

AskDrWiki Editorial Board

If you have been following the AskDrWiki threads around the blogosphere (David Rothman, Doctor Wiki, AMA News, etc.) you will know that the creators of AskDrWiki have instituted a detailed editorial policy to help ensure that accurate and quality medical information is posted.

Unlike many wiki and blog pages, editors on AskDrWiki are not anonymous and are identified with their name and degree. Now the Who is Dr Wiki Page not only lists the editors but it will also link to their resume or curriculum vitae. Examples: Kenny Civello MPH, MD and Brian Jefferson MD.

AskDrWiki is still a little subject heavy in Cardiology, however they are looking for editors in every specialty. For example the Biomedical Informatics section is currently empty, so if there are any librarians, physicians, medical information systems people who specialize in Biomedical Informatics, you might want to drop them an email and help contribute.

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At 11:08 AM, David Rothman said...

AskDrWiki has NOT yet posted a detailed editorial policy. They have announced their intention to write one, but it has not yet materialized.

This nitpick should not be read as condemnation or as stating a belief that a policy will not eventually be posted- but I think we should be as vigilant and detailed in our evaluation of AskDrWiki as any other medical information resource.

When they post a detailed, strong editorial policy, I'll be among the first to cheer.

In the meanwhile, it is excellent that they are encouraging each contributor to upload his/her Cirriculum Vitae.

At 1:21 PM, The Krafty Librarian said...

David is indeed right and I jumped the gun. My appologies.

Unfortunately Blogger does not allow me to do strike through font. So any changes to the post are reflected in my comments.


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