In conversation with NIHR’s Wikipedian-in-Residence, Adam Harangozo, we explore the ways in which Wikipedia can be a powerful tool for sharing knowledge and research for health and care researchers, and opportunities to engage with the project.
Wikipedia can be a powerful tool for disseminating health and care research. With its vast audience and collaborative editing process, Wikipedia can provide a platform for researchers to share their work with a wider audience and promote greater public understanding of health and care topics.
Here are some tips for using Wikipedia to disseminate health and care research:
- Write in plain language: Avoid using technical jargon or complex terminology that may be difficult for the average reader to understand. Write in plain language that is accessible to a general audience.
- Use reliable sources: Wikipedia is based on reliable sources, so be sure to use reputable sources to support your claims. These may include peer-reviewed journal articles, textbooks, and other authoritative sources.
- Follow Wikipedia’s policies: Wikipedia has strict policies on neutrality, verifiability, and other matters. Be sure to follow these policies when creating or editing content.
- Collaborate with others: Wikipedia is a collaborative platform, so consider working with other editors to improve your content. This can help ensure accuracy and improve the overall quality of the content.
- Update regularly: Keep your content up to date with the latest research and information. This can help ensure that your content remains relevant and useful to readers.
Overall, using Wikipedia to disseminate health and care research can be a valuable way to share your work with a wider audience and promote greater public understanding of health and care topics.