The ILAE Wikipedia Epilepsy Project

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Wikipedia is the most commonly accessed source of health information by professionals and the lay public worldwide. Through its Wikipedia Epilepsy Initiative, the ILAE has a unique opportunity to convey through Wikipedia the most authoritative and up to date information on epilepsy, with the widest possible penetration and range, and in many languages.

The scope of work of the Wikipedia Epilepsy initiative involves two equally important activities:

  • Edit existing epilepsy-related entries – this is a central aspect of the initiative. The goal is to make entries accurate and authoritative, applying extensive references/links to appropriate publications, especially those that involve ILAE related materials on www.ilae.org or from ILAE’s three journals, and including open access articles, and applying language that is, as much as possible, understandable by non-professionals, in keeping with Wikipedia policy.
  • Create/solicit new epilepsy-related entries
    1. Standard Wikipedia entries
    2. Full-featured professional quality articles that can be simultaneously published in Wikipedia and in open access journals such as Epilepsia Open or other Creative Commons-licensed journals. The second format is preferred when possible, as it provides the authors an opportunity for recognized authorship and contributes to their Curriculum Vitae.

The ILAE calls interested medical students, physicians (residents/fellows/epilepsy experts) as well as other healthcare professionals and researchers to contribute. Learn about possibilities: Call for Wikipedia Contributors

Some articles being updated as a part of the project:

The ILAE Wikipedia Team

  • Diptanshu Das, MD - Editor in Chief- Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Medica Superspecialty Hospital and the Institute of Child Health (ICH), Kolkata, India
  • Nandan Yardi, MD - Deputy Editor - Senior Consultant Epileptologist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Pediatric Neurology, MUHS- KEM Hospital,Yardi Epilepsy Clinic, Jehangir Hospital, Sahyadri Hospital, Pune, India
  • Amin Azzam, MD, MA – Wikipedian, Faculty Lead of the UCSF “Expanding Wikiproject Medicine” course – Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Nadia Khan
  • Christos Lisgaras, PhD - Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Developmental Epilepsy Laboratory
  • Atul Maheshwari, MD - Senior Editor and American Epilepsy Society representative, ILAE Wikipedia Epilepsy Initiative – Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA

Advisors:

  • Nicola Maggio
  • Selim Benbadis, MD, FAAN, FACNS – Senior Editor, ILAE Wikipedia Epilepsy Initiative – Professor of Neurology and Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital, Florida, USA
  • Shani Evenstein Sigalov - Member of Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation – Educator, Lecturer and Researcher, Tel Aviv University, Israel
  • James Heilman, MD – Wikipedian, member of Board of Trustees, Wikimedia Foundation – Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of British Columbia, British Columbia, Canada