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Study: Wikipedia Pretty Accurate, But Hard to Read | LiveScience

June 1

You might learn something on Wikipedia, if you don’t fall asleep first.

A new study finds the online, user-generated encyclopedia is more accurate than some previous reports have suggested. But boy, is it boring.

Researchers found that cancer information on Wikipedia was similar in accuracy and depth to the information on a professionally peer-reviewed, patient-oriented cancer web site, the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Data Query (PDQ). But the latter was written in plainer English.

“There are a vast number of web sites where patients can obtain cancer information,” said Yaacov Lawrence, assistant professor of Radiation Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. “The purpose of this study was to answer one question: Is the cancer information on Wikipedia correct? Reassuringly, we found that errors were extremely rare on Wikipedia. But the way information was presented on PDQ is more patient-friendly.”

via Study: Wikipedia Pretty Accurate, But Hard to Read | LiveScience.

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