Thursday, March 29, 2007

What do these medical wikis have in common?

Science Roll has a good article on Medical wikis: the future of medicine? It details twenty-four wikis in the medical field and makes for some interesting reading. What struck me as significant, however, is the software being used to drive these sites. Twenty-two of the twenty-four sites are powered by MediaWiki.

Wikipedia continues to get all of the attention by the media, but the importance of MediaWiki to that story is being missed. I've mentioned the network effect occuring around MediaWiki in the past, and it looks to me like the trend is accelerating. The growing role of MediaWiki in managing a good portion of the world's knowledge is a significant story that is going untold.

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