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Wikipedia Editor Speaks! Editing, Bias, Content Gaps, Project Medicine and more!

DESCRIPTION: Wikipedia, the largest encyclopedia created in human history, is the world's most popular reference work. New research demonstrates it's now the leading source of medical information for patients and health professionals.  In this talk and ensuing discussion, we will explore how Wikipedia, an encyclopedia that anyone can edit and freely reuse, has become not only ubiquitous, but also consistently rated as equally-as-reliable as traditional, expert-written encyclopedias.  IIssues to be discussed include:

* Wikipedia's scale and scope
* Systemic bias and content gaps (e.g. women in science)
* Wikipedia's volunteer community and consensus model
* Wikipedia's core policies and open copyright
* The Wikipedia Library, access to research
* Wiki Project Medicine, improving content and translation efforts
* Playful, human approaches to engaging and retaining editors

* Wikipedia's role in the higher education classroom

About the speaker: Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi) is a Wikipedia editor, administrator and Wikimedia Foundation grantee. He's made over 30,000 original edits to the site,and created new articles in the areas of biography, medicine, and political movements.  He serves on the board of Wiki Project Med Foundation developing and translating Wikipedia's medical content.  In 2012 Jake founded The Wikipedia Library, an open research hub for top editors to gain access to reliable sources and to reference experts.  Jake graduated Wesleyan University in 2005, and lives in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, where he works full-time on Wikipedia projects.

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