Monday, May 01, 2006

Medical wikipedia - Peter Frishauf responds

Medscape visionary, Peter Frishauf, took the time to respond to my earlier post and our discussion on the virtues of a medical wikipedia:

"Group,

Thanks for all the kind words. I want to emphasize that in my editorial I said some variant of Wikipedia for medicine would be welcome. Larry Sanger, PhD, a Wikipedia co-founder, is working on just such a venture, to be run by the Digital Universe Foundation.

I want to emphasize that one huge advantage of the Wiki format is that you can read one article enhanced by the wisdom of many, as opposed to having to wade through multiple articles containing the wisdom of a few authors and the people they chose to site. There is no reason we can't marry scientifically-rigourous peer review to the wiki!

Finally, peer review is just one form of a reputation system, and there are many that could be used to assure good science. I will post more about this in the future."


Stay tuned for more discussion from Peter. It's a pleasure to have this dialogue here.

4 Comments:

At Mon May 01, 01:25:00 AM EDT, Blogger Bill Hooker said...

There is no reason we can't marry scientifically-rigourous peer review to the wiki!
[...]
peer review is just one form of a reputation system, and there are many that could be used to assure good science.


Those are two very interesting propositions. I look forward to hearing more about both of them!

 
At Mon May 01, 10:01:00 AM EDT, Blogger Orac said...

Actually, if there's a rigorous peer-review system, then it's no longer really a wiki, is it?

 
At Mon May 01, 11:23:00 PM EDT, Blogger Dan Dright said...

Maybe we could call it a Picki?

:)

 
At Tue May 02, 01:26:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Larry Sanger said...

Peter knows exactly what he is talking about.

I wrote an article that defends just the sort of points he makes here: "Text and Collaboration." Haven't made any effort to get it out there, but I saw this blog and saw the connection immediately.

 

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