GLAM-WIKI 2015/Proposals/Med-GLAM: Illustrating Wikipedia with pathology images

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This is an accepted submission for GLAM-WIKI 2015.

Submission no. GW15.1014
Title of the submission
Med-GLAM: Illustrating Wikipedia with pathology images
Type of submission
presentation
Author of the submission
Prof. Aravindan K.P (HoD of Pathology, Calicut Medical College), Dr. Netha Hussain (Wikimedian-in-Residence)
Country of origin
India
Affiliation
Calicut Medical College, Wikimedia India
E-mail address
kparavindanAt sign.svggmail.com, nethahussainAt sign.svggmail.com
Username
User:Netha Hussain, User:Kparavindan
Personal homepage or blog
Blossoming Soul, Department of Pathology, CMC
Twitter username
@nethahussain
Facebook url
Prof. K.P Aravindan, Dr. Netha Hussain
Abstract

In this session, we will present about how we re-defined the 'L' in 'GLAM' to include laboratories within its scope. The Department of Pathology, Calicut Medical College collaborated with the Centre for Internet and Society, a Wikimedia affiliate to share its unique collection of pathology images. Based on this experience, we will outline the details about building collaborations with a medical school, executing GLAM projects in a laboratory, categorizing medical images on Commons and illustrating them on medical articles.

Detailed proposal

The Department of Pathology, Calicut Medical College is committed to sharing the sum of its medical knowledge online. The department collaborated with a Wikimedia affiliate to share its unique collection of pathology images at zero cost. Based on this experience, we will outline the details about building collaborations with a medical school, executing GLAM projects in a laboratory, categorizing medical images on Commons and illustrating them on medical articles.

The Department of Pathology has rare gross anatomical and microscopic images, which are now on Wikimedia Commons. These images are now being used to illustrate pathology articles on Wikipedia. A gallery of images, sorted according to the medical school curriculum, is being maintained as a reference material for medical students.

The goals of Med-GLAM project are to:

  • Create a repository of free images for use for researches and textbooks
  • Make available free, annotated images for teaching medical students by creating a gallery of selected images
  • Facilitate interaction between pathologists and medical students
  • Facilitate easy image search using categories, keywords and tags
  • Initiate discussions about rare case scenarios in pathology with experts around the world using talk pages

Our grand vision is to create free culture around pathology. Existing collections of pathology images and atlases are rare and expensive. Preparing pathology slides, taking micrographs, and annotating images need sophisticated equipment and great expertise. The Med-GLAM project is the sum of hardwork of several pathologists, lab technicians, doctors and Wikimedians. We will talk about how we could deliver this otherwise expensive project at ZERO cost.


Track
Collaboration
Length of presentation/talk
25 Minutes
Target audience
Beginner
Expected outcomes

The session aims at giving the audience a clear idea about executing a GLAM project in a medical school, working around copyright issues and sorting images according to medical school syllabus. We will gather feedback from the audience on scope for expansion of this project to other countries via collaboration among pathologists all over the world.

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