An introduction to editing Wikipedia


Over the past few years there has been a steady increase in the perception of Wikipedia as a neutral and valid research tool, making its medical information more appealing to patients and doctors. According to a recent study, one in three Americans has turned to Wikipedia to diagnose an illness. It also found that fifty percent of doctors use Wikipedia to help diagnose patients. It’s important that the medical information found on Wikipedia is accurate and well sourced.

You can help. The Wikipedia Masterclass will give you a brief introduction to editing Wikipedia. Experienced editors will then assist you with editing and creating pages on Wikiproject:Medicine. A suggested list of articles to be improved will be available prior to the event, but we encourage participants to work on any article that sparks their interest.

You will leave the masterclass with a clear understanding of how Wikipedia works and how to edit articles. 


Shannon Eichelberger is a founding member of the Wikimedia Ireland Community. A strong believer in Open Knowledge, Shannon is passionate about technologies that can make knowledge available to everyone, especially Wikipedia. As a certified Wikimedia trainer Shannon specialises in creating and delivering training modules on a variety of approaches to using and editing Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Eugene Eichelberger is a senior technologist and technical information manager. With expertise in enterprise information systems, e-commerce, and internet services, Eugene contributes his expertise to a variety of causes including public education, open data, and policy reform. As a founding member of Wikimedia Ireland Community, Eugene provides a wealth of technical, community, and business expertise to influence and create opportunities using advanced technological solutions.  


A laptop or tablet, and preferably a wikipedia user account.