Monday, April 14, 2008

Wikipedia, academia & health

An interesting article in Information Today by William Badke, of Trinity Western University entitled What to Do With Wikipedia challenges the current antipathy in academia towards wikipedia.

He suggests that academics need to take on board the reality of digital information sources or be seen as out of touch by their students, and that they should embrace the educational opportunities available rather than sticking with traditional "analogue" systems.

Similar arguments need to take place in the health context, where many health professionals criticise the quality of the information in wikipedia and other online user created resources, but the patients and clients they come into contact with are most likely to be using this sort of resource.

As Badke suggests we should all be using the opportunities to enahnce the information environmnt, as well as educating "users" (which include students and patients), about indicators of information quality.

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