Medpedia, the Medical Wikipedia, is Dead. And we Missed its Funeral…

I don’t know how many of you remember all the hype and hurrahs around the founding of Medpedia, for which the University of Michigan was a founding member and collaborator.

New MedPedia site powered by U-M Medical School:

There were many concerns and some hurt feelings at the time because they wouldn’t allow expert patients, patient advocates, many allied health, or librarians to contribute. My favorite quote came from Berci: “I believe elitism kills content.” I share that view. Eventually the powers that be changed that stance, but I suspect it was too little too late.

So, last week, Jacqueline (Laikas) blogged about how Medpedia not only disappeared, but no one even noticed it disappeared. I’ve never hit the “reblog” button before, but she has done such a beautiful job with this that I think it is more important and efficient for you to read her post than for me to try to write my own. There are important lessons for us all to learn about how social media has changed the concepts of health care communities, collaboration, cooperation, content creation, trust, engagement, authority, and credibility.

Medpedia, the Medical Wikipedia, is Dead. And we Missed its Funeral…

Laika's MedLibLog

In a post about Wikipedia in 2009 I suggested that initiatives like Ganfydor Medpedia, might be a solution to Wikipedia’s accuracy and credibility problems, because only health experts are allowed to edit or contribute to the content of these knowledge bases.

MedPedia is a more sophisticated platform than Ganfyd, which looks more like a simple medical encyclopedia. A similar online encyclopedia project with many medical topics, Google Knol, was discontinued by Google as of May 1, 2012.

But now it appears Medpedia may have followed Google KNOL into the same blind alley.

Medpedia was founded in 2007 [2a] by James Currier, an entrepreneur and investor [2b], and an early proponent of social media. He founded the successful Tickle in 1999, when the term Web 2.0 was coined, but not yet mainstream. And his list of  investments is impressive: Flickr, Branchout and Goodreads for instance.


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