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Medical Wiki; Creative Commons in OpenOffice; Dead Sea Scrolls; PLoS; Mesozoic Cow …

Elsevier Publisher has launched a wiki on medical research with both physicians and regular normal people being the intended audience. The site is located here.

From the site:

This website was originally started with content from the “Textbook of Primary Care Medicine” (3rd Edition) by John Noble – a leading figure in primary care medicine. It is evolving to become a key source of authoritative, online medical information.

Like most Wikis on the internet (such as Wikipedia), WiserWiki can be read by anyone who has internet access. However, unlike most Wikis, WiserWiki can only be edited by board certified doctors to ensure that the information is as trustworthy and reliable as possible. Doctors can also use WiserWiki as a valuable resource to collaborate with each other and to determine best practices by group consensus. We hope that you enjoy WiserWiki and find it useful.

As WiserWiki is currently in beta version, we are experimenting with various ways to make it a better site for you as a user. We hope that users will continually evolve the site to best suit their needs. Therefore, we welcome your feedback and suggestions! Please check back often as we hope to add additional features and functionality.

Creative Commons has produced an add-in for OpenOffice.org. This facilitates the user of the word processing software to place a Creative Commons license in documents more or less automatically. Details here.

The Dead Sea Scrolls are about to be digitized. (Info here.)

What is new in PLoS ONE (open access science journal) can always be found on Blog Around the Clock, in particular here. And while you are there, check out this post on the the Mesozoic Cow (dinosaur, actually) which was published in PLoS.

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