The HandWiki Project is an ASSH effort to educate the public regarding upper extremity care and the field of hand surgery. ASSH members are in a unique position to provide accurate, informative information on many topics related to the hand and upper extremity.
By contributing content on upper extremity topics to Wikipedia, members can play a role in developing a comprehensive, useful reference for the public.
Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia created by and for the public, with over 2.8 million articles on various topics. High levels of use attest to the consistently high quality of the information, despite tens of thousands of contributors and an open editing process.
The aim of Wikipedia is to produce a neutral, verifiable encyclopedia free from original research, and the aims of an individual editor. All Wikipedia articles and other encyclopedic content must be written from a neutral point of view, representing fairly, and as far as possible without bias, all significant views that have been published by reliable sources.
Contributing to Wikipedia is relatively straightforward. For Web neophytes, it is an excellent, forgiving introduction to the language and “feel” of creating Web content. Experienced users and programmers can help with more sophisticated content.
The nature of a wiki is that it is a living document – context and background of an encyclopedia but the volatility and liveliness of a listserv. You don’t need to sit down and set aside time as you do with a book chapter. The topic can be started and expanded as time permits.
Members are encouraged to become familiar with Wikipedia editing processes and guidelines. Then make small submissions to Wikipedia over time. It's best to start with a topic that interests you most, and to determine what already exists on Wikipedia. Then determine if there is vital information that is missing, and add it with appropriate citations. Take pride in knowing that you have passed along some of what you have learned to the general public.
If you contribute anything to Wikipedia, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know about your experience.