We are planning to arrange an Wikipedia workshop for the student of East
West University, Dhaka. We need volunteers to design the
curriculum/possible topics and make the presentation and conduct the
workshop according to the curriculum.
If you are interested and have enough time for the workshop please raise
your voice and let me know through this mailing list or personal email or
my talk page at Bangla Wikipedia.
Please circulate the message, so that we can reach possible maximum number
Knowledge is universal
...so share it.
Shabab and others,
Previously, Doc James (user:jmh649), a Canadian medical doctor and
contributor to Wikipedia health content, had asked me if I could explore
options for him to visit Bangladesh and present Wikipedia to doctors and
medical students there. He talked about doing this on the way to Wikimania.
I must close this offer - it is not going to be possible this year because
of an impossibility in his schedule. We both still are interested in
working with Bangladeshi Wikipedians in some way.
Doc James is not going to be able to come to Bangladesh on the way to
Wikimania as he had hoped, and I also will not be able to do this. We are
both still interested in Bangladesh and I certainly will return, hopefully
in 1-2 years. Please do not plan any event on any schedule, but remember
that some people here have interest in doing something in Bangladesh
In answer to your questions -
1. There are two projects and they have confusingly similar names.
WikiProject Medicine is a typical WikiProject which seeks to improve
articles about health. It is unusual compared to other projects because it
is especially active and because its guidelines for sourcing are
well-policed and enforced because members feel that bad health information
must be prevented from appearing on-wiki. Wiki Project Med Foundation is
the name of an incorporated organization founded by members of WikiProject
Medicine (English). The idea is to support health projects in all languages
and do things beyond Wikipedia, such as add images to Commons and
participate in Wikidata, as well as to partner with external organizations
like government health organizations and non-profit organizations.
2. English Wikipedia users already appreciate the health content on English
Wikipedia. It seems to be the case that Wikipedia is the most consulted
source of health information in the world, and health articles are among
the most popular articles on Wikipedia. Much of this information comes from
doctors and medical students who seem to think that they get value from
adding content here. The public likewise seems to want health information
3. Improving health content in Bangla seems to be a good opportunity
because the Wikimedia Movement wants to develop languages in developing
countries. Since Bangla is one of the world's most spoken languages, and
since Bangla Wikipedia is underdeveloped, and since there are projections
that the number of Bangla speakers who are using the Internet is increasing
a lot, it seems like Bangla Wikipedia would be a great target for the
movement to develop.
4. The project of targeting health information on Bangla Wikipedia is my
own proposal. Other people are interested in general translation to any
language, such as in the Translation Task
The entire Wikimedia movement wants more interconnection between countries,
and if I were to propose a place with a small Wikipedia community and big
potential for impacting a lot of people, I think that Bangla Wikipedia is a
great candidate. See other options at List of Languages by number of
There is a new Wikipedian in Residence at the World Health Organization. I
think he also would be sympathetic.
5. It may be the case that Bangla-speaking doctors prefer to read
information in English. However, typical people have a right to have some
information also. In the United States, people who are diagnosed with a
disease or condition often want to look online to get more information
about it than their doctor gives them. Sometimes also they want to read
about effects of drugs or medical procedures. Sometimes they want to share
this information with friends and family members as they make health
decisions. Because health information in English has been so popular, we
presume that it will be popular in other languages, but have no proof of
I am still interested in doing something to develop health content in
Bangla. There are lots of ideas of things to do. One benefit that I could
imagine is that there might be researchers in Bangladesh who cannot afford
to purchase subscriptions to academic journals at Western prices, and
perhaps we could apply for a grant to fund journal subscriptions to any
university that would spend part of their time putting information
information - perhaps health information and perhaps other information -
onto Wikipedia to promote general public education. Whatever happens it
should come with support from local Bangla speakers. Local people
understand public need much better than any outsider, but if some kind of
health information is wanted, I think that there are people who would like
to support Bangladesh in getting it.
On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM, Shabab Mustafa <shabab.mustafa(a)gmail.com>wrote:
> Hi Lane,
> Hope you are doing well.
> As I saw your mail the other day, I started to make some phone calls and
> trying the get in touch with some people in Medical Field. Soon I have
> found that I know far too little about the Wiki Medicine project than I
> thought I knew of. You know, talking to an expert about his/her own field
> it very difficult when you have too little about it.
> Here I need to know answers of some non-technical questions that I was
> 1. What is the goal of WikiProject Medicine?
> 2. Who will be benefited from this project?
> 3. How it can add some value to the mass?
> 4. Who are working behind this project?
> 5. Why one should care to have these information in his own language when
> the English version is available and he knows that language?
> Well, I thing that's all I need for the time being. I will keep posted
> about feedback I receive.
> PS. Please give me your Google id that we can be connected in Google Talk.
> Shabab Mustafa