Wikipedia Project 2018-2019
In 2016 Dundee Dental School launched the Dundee Dental Wikipedia Editing
Project, with the support of the Cochrane Collaboration, to expand and improve
dental Wikipedia. Following growing interest from the dental community, the
Wikipedia Collaboration was launched in 2017 to include numerous participant
dental schools in the UK, North America, Africa and Canada. This includes Dundee,
Glasgow, Aberdeen and Manchester in the UK, Harvard, Tufts and NYU in the USA,
and the University of Toronto in Canada.
Why do students join?
By participating students are contributing to the future of the dissemination of dental
information. Joining group is an excellent opportunity for networking by getting to
know dentists and dental students in and out with your own school. It’s a great way to
update and share knowledge for the benefit of patients, dental students,
professionals as well countries with no access to high-quality information!
Aim & objectives
Our vision is to work as an international community of students, dentists and academics
to enhance the accessibility of accurate, up-to date, evidence based information through
Wikipedia. We want to enable the existence of a large online community of editors that
will work collectively to maintain, update and expand articles.
Dental Schools and dental professionals globally, along with partnering organisations
have a vested interest in the concept of improving the quality of publically accessible
Dental information, and the latter includes the Cochrane Oral Health collaboration, the
International Association for Dental Research (IADR), the International Dental Federation
(FDI) and also the World Health Organisation Oral Health Department (WHO ORH) whose
remit includes enhanced e-Health initiatives.
There has also been an expression of interest from the Royal College of Physicians and
Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPS) whose current Dental Dean Professor Graham Ogden has
acknowledged the potential value of Dental Wikipedia to improve evidence base. With
the appropriate information and a co-ordinated approach there is potential for any
Dental School anywhere in the world to become involved.
In October 2018 more than 30 dental students from Manchester Dental School joined Wikipedia Project. Six groups of participants have been created and after long discussion process reached a consensus on the list of Wikipedia website topics and pages which need to be updated this year.
• Dahl effect
• CAD/CAM dentistry
• Dental Avulsion
• Buccal exostosis
• Jaw abnormality
• Guided bone and tissue regeneration
• Height of curvature
• Root fracture
• Gum lift
• Gingival graft
• Zygomaticomaxillary complex fracture
• Tooth discoloration
• Embrasure (dentistry)
Participants have successfully submitted their first semester work!
Covered topics are:
- Dahl effect • Epulis • CAD/CAM dentistry • Dental Avulsion • Alveoloplasty
“Really proud of our Wikipedia Project participants this year who smashed their first allocated topics! The engagement this year has been outstanding! New topics are coming soon, so…lets keep on rollin’!” – Nik 😁 (Wikipedia Project Lead)
After a week break students have received their second topics to work on in the semester two.
Find photos from our introduction event below:
Look out for regular updates on our Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram!