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Libraries of the future

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4065 (Published 05 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4065

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  1. Imraan Jhetam, independent section 12(2) doctor1
  1. 1Exeter EX4 4UY
  1. imraanjhetam{at}doctors.org.uk

    As David Rothman, who blogs about medical informatics, says, “It is as ridiculous to say ‘wikis are good’ or ‘wikis are bad’ as it would be to say that ‘books are good’ or ‘books are bad.’”1 2

    He lists 69 medical wikis on his site.3 They vary in terms of who can make particular changes—just as Wikipedia locks certain entries that can be e-vandalised, and entries are reviewed by the administrators. They range from “Ask Dr Wiki,” where licensed clinical professionals can contribute, to “WiserWiki,” which is provided as a free service by the publishers Elsevier. Many medical students also use Wikipedia because it is easy to understand and they think that it is reasonably reliable and accessible.4

    Wikis are the libraries of the future, mainly because they are contemporaneous.4


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b406


    • Competing interests: None declared.

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