Dear Marathi Wikimedians,
I would like to introduce a special wikiproject to you. I am writing to share with you a very inspiring initiative regarding health and medicine articles on Wikipedia. Crores of Wikipedia readers read up about health related issues either when they or their loved ones fall ill or before or after they have consulted doctors or when they are curious about a particular disease or drug. In fact, quite a few doctors and nurses also read up these articles to improve their knowledge.
Wikipedia's medical articles have 15-20 crore page views every month. The top 300 articles are viewed more than 1 lakh times every month. The challenge is that the majority of these articles are only available in English.
This initiative (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Translation_task_force) has been conceptualised by WikiProject Medicine, Wikimedia Canada and very interesting organisation called Translators Without Borders. It seeks to translate a set of 80 of the most important health care articles into as many languages as possible.
Given the state of our health care system as well as the increasing readership of Indic language projects, there is huge positive impact that we can have if we participate in this initiative and have these articles in all Indic languages. The project page (referenced above) includes an outline of the project, FAQs, useful links and a sign up for interested volunteers.
Marathi Wikipedians can join this effort by creating a wikiproject for this in Marathi wikipedia. Remember, you don't have to be a health care professional to help out. All you have to do is simply care. I am not sure whether Marathi wiki community has users from medical background. It there are users from Medical background it will be great if they can manage this project.
I am really happy to note that 5 editors from 5 Indic languages have already signed up for this wonderful project. Of these 2 languages - Assamese and Malayalam - have already started wiki project and started working on articles (really big comprehensive articles) related to Medicine.
Assamese wikipedia medicine project page: as:ৱিকিপিডিয়া:ৱিকিপ্ৰকল্প চিকিৎসাবিজ্ঞান
Some of the articles created:
Malayalam wikipedia biology project page: ml:വിക്കിപീഡിയ:വിക്കിപദ്ധതി/ജീവശാസ്ത്രം
Some of the articles created:
Please note that this project do not involve machine translation or bots. It is really happy to note that both in Assamese and Malayalam wiki these projects are run by doctor (or medicine students) wikipedians :) Yes, Indic wikipedias has editors from all wakes of life.
There is so much potential on these articles. I encourage interested wikipedians to join this project by starting a Wiki project in Marathi wikipedia for this. Please let me know if you require any support for this.--Shiju १५:३०, २४ फेब्रुवारी २०१२ (IST)
I am a doctor and this idea seems interesting to me. I dont know how mucch, when and how i can contribute but lets see what i can do. Thanks आभिजीत १९:३५, २४ फेब्रुवारी २०१२ (IST)
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