Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University have found that Wikipedia’s information on cancer is pretty darn accurate. The center analyzed Wikipedia’s entries on ten different kinds of cancer, and compared Wikipedia’s info to the info provided by the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query (a professional, peer-reviewed database) and to entries in medical textbooks.
According to the always-interesting statsblog,”The study found that Wikipedia’s information was solid and reliable, especially when it came to the key points. Only two percent of the information did not match up to textbooks. However, the information was also determined to be very dense and written at a high level of complexity, making it more difficult to read and comprehend.” Wikipedia — even more boring than medical texts! Someone tell Jimmy Wales to put that in the marketing materials!