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New Collaborative Online Medical Encyclopedia Launches

The Medpedia Project announced the public launch of the beta version of a technology platform for the worldwide health community. Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, Berkeley School of Public Health, University of Michigan Medical School, and other leading global health organizations are contributing in various ways to Medpedia. The goal of The Medpedia Project is to create a new model of the way the world will assemble, maintain, critique, and access medical knowledge. It will, over time, be a repository of up-to-date, unbiased medical information, contributed and maintained by health experts around the world, and freely available to everyone.

This release of the Medpedia Platform includes three interrelated services: a collaborative knowledgebase (medical encyclopedia); a professional network and directory for health professionals and organizations; and communities of interest in which medical professionals and nonprofessionals can share information about conditions, treatments, lifestyle choices, etc. This free resource is available now at www.medpedia.com.

The Medpedia collaborative knowledgebase provides medical professionals and organizations with a central place to record their knowledge and to receive national and international recognition and visibility for their expertise. Since the announcement of The Medpedia Project in July 2008, more than 110 organizations have contributed or pledged more than 7,000 pages of content to the knowledgebase, and thousands of people have become a part of the community.

While only physicians and Ph.D.s in a biomedical/health field can edit the Medpedia knowledgebase directly, and only health and medical professionals are to use the professional network, consumers have an important role to play in the evolving model of Medpedia. They can suggest changes to the article pages, and they can participate in communities of interest.

The Medpedia Project and Medpedia are maintained by Medpedia, Inc, which is funded and managed by Ooga Labs (www.oogalabs.com), a technology greenhouse in San Francisco. The articles created on Medpedia are freely licensable under the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL; www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)  unless otherwise noted.

Source: The Medpedia Project



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