Hi Everyone! My name is Laura and I am the President of the Dundee Dental Wikipedia Editing Project. My team and I were given the honour and privilege to organize the 4th Annual Wikipedia Collaboration of Dental Schools Conference that took place on Saturday 7 March. We welcomed over 90 students and staff from University of Dundee, Glasgow, Queen’s Belfast, Aberdeen and International Medical University (Malaysia) and various sponsors from well-renown dental companies!
Our project has a simple aim – we bring students together to improve the quality of dental-related articles on Wikipedia by using the highest quality evidence possible. This student-led project was founded upon the idea that dental related pages on Wikipedia were very poorly edited, serving as an unreliable source of information to the general public. We have been so fortunate to be endorsed and supported by Cochrane Oral Health ever since our establishment 4 years ago.
During this one-day meeting, we looked at the many different ways in which Wikipedia can be used as a tool in the dissemination of public knowledge. We also hosted three esteemed keynote speakers and they all shared about their perspectives on Evidence Based Dentistry.
Stephen Hancocks (Editor in Chief of the British Dental Journal) spoke to us about his role and provided helpful advice on how to get published in the BDJ. Our second keynote speaker, Prof Ruth Freeman (Professor of Dental Public Health, University of Dundee) gave an insightful presentation about her work in the prisons in Scotland as well as the “Tame” & “Wicked” Dental Public Health models. Robert Faller (Senior Oral Care Expert, YourEncore UK) delivered an informative presentation about making informed decisions in clinical practice. The topics were all extremely relevant to us as dental students and it was indeed very interesting day.
As delegates we were also given the opportunity to share about our journey, research and main takeaways as Wikipedia editors in the form of an oral or poster presentation during lunchtime. The conference concluded with a friendly inter-school debate between Dundee and Queen’s Belfast students. Team Dundee emerged victorious and were crowned winners.
It was a fantastic learning and networking opportunity for both students and staff to equip and be equipped. Each and every member present agreed that they were delighted to help promote the distribution of credible and unbiased dental information to both the dental workforce and patient groups.
Grace Lim (2nd year Dental Student) and her Wikipedia Editing group said, “The 4th Annual Dental Editing Wikipedia Conference has greatly enhanced our appreciation for the ways in which evidence is used in different aspects of Oral Care. It was also incredible witnessing dental students not just from different parts of UK but also from Malaysia sharing the same passion for making an impact on the general population through making content on Wikipedia evidence-based, up-to-date and patient-friendly.”
The Dundee Wiki Editing Team would like to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all students, staff, sponsors, Cochrane Oral Health and the The Borrow Foundation for making this conference a success.