[abstract] THE USE Of WIKIPEDIA FOR INCREASING AWARENESS ABOUT UNDERSEA AND HYPERBARIC MEDICINE

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[abstract] THE USE Of WIKIPEDIA FOR INCREASING AWARENESS ABOUT UNDERSEA AND HYPERBARIC MEDICINE

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Title: [abstract] THE USE Of WIKIPEDIA FOR INCREASING AWARENESS ABOUT UNDERSEA AND HYPERBARIC MEDICINE
Author: Li, JH; Hobbs, GW; Perkins, R
Abstract: BACKGROUND: The Rubicon Research Repository (RRR) is a collection of physiology publications. Digitization of documents increases their accessibility and facilitates collaboration. We utilize Wikipedia, an Internet-based and user-edited encyclopedia, to increase RRR visibility. Wikipedia does not greatly differ from Encyclopaedia Britannica in the accuracy of articles [1]. Wikipedia was one of two end sites most commonly providing correct answers to Google searches on unfamiliar medical topics [2]. Since Wikipedia is a likely source of information, it was expected to increase RRR traffic. METHODS: References to RRR documents were added to Wikipedia articles beginning March 15, 2008. Web traffic was collected using AWStats 6.5. RESULTS: There are currently 848 RRR references cited. Prior to using Wikipedia, there was a period of initial growth from December ‘07 to March ‘08 with a mean of 4107 unique visitors per month (SD 420.2, SE 210.1). From April ‘08 to January ‘09, the unique visitor count showed a mean of 8341 (SD 2271, SE 718.2). Web traffic data, December 2007 to January 2009: Month, Unique IPs, Page Hits; Dec, 3727, 22745; Jan, 3819, 29038; Feb, 4640, 28872; Mar, 4242, 32463; Apr, 4198, 31633; May, 5091, 35188; Jun, 8024, 47479; Jul, 7243, 40373; Aug, 8772, 47343; Sept, 8706, 47190; Oct, 9918, 54040; Nov, 10974, 59597; Dec, 9773, 53718;Jan, 10707, 66527 CONCLUSIONS: Wikipedia significantly increased RRR traffic (p=0.00018). Adding Wikipedia references extend the pool of RRR visitors to Wikipedia users who may not usually encounter the database. This practice will continue as the RRR expands. References. [1] Giles J. Internet encyclopaedias go head to head. Nature. 2005 Dec 15;438(7070):900-1. [2] Johnson PT, Chen JK, Eng J, Makary MA, Fishman EK. A comparison of world wide web resources for identifying medical information. Acad Radiol. 2008 Sep;15(9):1165-72.
Description: Abstract of the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, Inc. Annual Scientific Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (http://www.uhms.org)
URI: http://archive.rubicon-foundation.org/8232
Date: 2009

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