Wikipaedics is a web-based, free-content Textbook of
Orthopaedics based on an openly editable model. The name "Wikipaedics"
is a Portmanteau of the words Wiki (a technology for creating collaborative Websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki , meaning "quick") and Orthopaedics .
Wikipaedics is written collaboratively by registered orthopaedic
surgeons volunteers who write without being paid. Any interested
orthopaedic surgeon with Internet access can write and make changes to
Wikipaedics articles (except in certain cases where editing is
restricted to prevent disruption or vandalism).
The fundamental principle by which Wikipaedics operates is the whiteboard concept of collaborative knowledge.
Orthopaedic Surgeons from all countries and of all interests ,
cultures and backgrounds can add or edit article, references, images and
other media here. What is contributed is more important than the
expertise or qualifications of the contributor. What will remain depends
upon whether it fits within Wikipaedics policies, including being
verifiable against a published reliable source, so excluding editors'
opinions and beliefs and unreviewed research, and is free of copyright
restrictions and contentious material about living people. Contributions
cannot damage Wikipaedics because the software allows easy reversal of
mistakes and many experienced editors are watching to help and ensure
that edits are cumulative improvements. Begin by simply clicking the edit link at the top of any editable page!
Wikipaedics is a live collaboration differing from paper-based or
other online reference sources in important ways. Unlike printed
Textbook, Wikipaedics is continually created and updated, with articles
on historic events appearing within minutes, rather than months or
years. Older articles tend to grow more comprehensive and balanced;
newer articles may contain misinformation or vandalism. Awareness of
this aids obtaining valid information and avoiding recently added
misinformation. For online reference sources, Wikipaedics provide the
chance for every interested Orthopaedic Surgeon to participate in
editing and enhancing his own future source of information, in other
terms Wikipaedics provide the largest common pool of Orthopaedic Surgery