Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Academic Research Using Wikipedia to Reach the Masses

Steven O'grady, has blogged in perfect timing for me a post about a Medical Academic using WikiPedia to publish their information and hopefully prevent pandemics... (academics - pandemics... is there a relationship here?)

Citing the impact that Wikipedia had post-Tsunami, Dr. Lucas Gonzalez of the Canary Islands in Spain is attempting to use the publically authored and edited site to help prevent, slow and survive an outbreak. I find this fascinating not simply because it's an illustration of the growing public awareness of the power of things like Wikipedia, but because of how different a world we live in.

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