WikiVet and Wikimedia UK are running an “edit-a-thon” to improve freely available veterinary science information on the web.

WikiVet and Wikimedia UK are running an “edit-a-thon” to improve freely available veterinary science information on the web.

WikiVetWikiVet is a worldwide collaborative project to develop a comprehensive on-line peer reviewed veterinary knowledge database. Based on the same software that powers Wikipedia, the resource is edited and reviewed by veterinary professionals and students, and aims to cover the entire undergraduate curriculum.

Taking place at the Royal Veterinary College’s Camden Campus on November 20, the edit-a-thon is part of a series of national events jointly organised by Jisc and Wikimedia UK to encourage more users to author wiki content.

According to organisers, this first ever veterinary edit-a-thon will feature introductions to both WikiVet and Wikipedia and include training for anyone new to wiki editing. Content development will focus on common diseases that vets see in everyday practice, but contributions with a wider veterinary relevance are also welcome.

The event is designed for vets, students and those with an interest in publishing veterinary content on the internet. Wikipedians will be on hand to help so no previous experience of wikis or web editing is required.

By the end of the day, all participants will have had the chance to create and publish some new content on Wikipedia or WikiVet.

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