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Reading and searching articles

Is this website for patients or for doctors?
Is this website for free?
Do I need special software?
How do I read articles?
How do I change the order in which articles are displayed?
How do I search for articles?
What is the "Archive" meant for?
What do the different categories mean?
What do the different levels mean?
What is NeuroWiki News meant for?

Editing articles

How do I edit articles?
Do I own the copyright for my contributions?
How should I write a NeuroWiki.com article?
How do I edit the article layout?
How do I add hyperlinks to other NeuroWiki articles?
How do I add hyperlinks to other websites?
How do I add images to my article?
Can I use regular HTML?
Can I delete articles?
Can I add or remove categories or levels?
What is done against wiki-vandalism?

NeuroWiki Mobile

What devices should NeuroWiki Mobile work on?
How do I install NeuroWiki Mobile on my PDA or smartphone?
How can I navigate through the articles on the PDA?
How can I search for articles on the PDA?
Can I edit articles on the PDA?

About NeuroWiki.com

The philosophy behind NeuroWiki.com
The making of NeuroWiki.com
Screenshots on Windows, Mac and Linux
What is that strange "o" in the NeuroWiki logo?
How many people are visiting the website?
Future developments
About the developer
Aknowledgments




Is this website for patients or for doctors?

This is a professional website meant for medical students, medical doctors, nurses and other people that are working in healthcare. It is not intended for patient use, although you are free to take a look. However, expect to meet many medical terms.
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Is this website for free?

Yes, this site is completely free. You may read, edit and print text as much as you want, but you are only allowed to reproduce text when you include a clear reference to this website. And as this website does not make money on behalf of the content, you aren't allowed either:
NeuroWiki.com has been released under the
GNU/LGPL license.
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Do I need special software?

No, NeuroWiki.com has been developed using standard web techniques and has been tested to run properly on Windows (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera), Linux (Firefox, Opera, Konqueror) and Mac OS X (Safari, Firefox, Camino). Due to its cross-platform nature, you can use the browser of your choice. You can also take a look at the
screenshots if you want.
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How do I read articles?

You can find a topic list when you click on the NeuroWiki logo or the Show Topics button. Then just click on an article of your choice to read it. If you want, you can make a subselection by choosing the appropriate category and/or level, and then click the Show Articles link aside.
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How do I change the order in which articles are displayed?

At the top of the table, the column names can be clicked to sort the data according to that column. For Titles, Category and Level, sorting is done in alphabetical order. For Modified, sorting is done in chronological order with the most recently modified articles (added or changed) displayed first.
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How do I search for articles?

Click the Search button and enter the words you want to search for. You may choose to search in a specific category and/or level, and you can select whether to look in the title, the article itself, or both. Then click Search Articles to submit your data, or Reset to delete the information you entered.
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What is the "Archive" meant for?

Everyone can change the content of an article: this could lead to intended or unintended results. As a safety measure, all versions of all articles are saved in a separate backup database, called the Archive. This way, no information can be lost, and the history and changes of an article can be followed if necessary.
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What do the different categories mean?

CATEGORYDESCRIPTION
anatomyNeuro-anatomical basics
classificationClassification and grading scales in neuroscience
differentialDifferential diagnosis on neurological or neurosurgical problems
diseasePathophysiological entity or mechanism
guidelinesGuidelines, protocols and work documents.
physiologyNeurophysiological basics
procedureInvasive procedures in neuroscience (diagnostic & therapeutic)

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What do the different levels mean?

LEVELDESCRIPTION
physician(Para-)medical specialists, residents and students
nurseNurses in neurology, neurosurgery and psychiatry

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What is NeuroWiki News meant for?

NeuroWiki News contains important information about the website, like updates and new features. These articles can only be added by the webmaster.
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How do I edit articles?

If you select an article for reading, you will see a hyperlink called "Edit article" at the right side under the article. Then you can change the title, article content, and category / level. Click Save Changes to save the updated article to the database (the current version will be archived automatically, so don't worry about this). If you choose to ignore all changes you made, click Undo Typing or just go Back to the previous article.
Please keep in mind that NeuroWiki.com has been designed to be used on mobile devices as well, so make sure that you keep your information short and to the point! For extended reviews you should use Cochrane or UpToDate.
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Do I own the copyright for my contributions?

No, this would interfere with the open nature of this website. NeuroWiki.com does not make money on behalf of the content, and other people are neither allowed to do so. Contributions are done to help yourself and other colleagues, are anonymous, and both NeuroWiki.com and your colleagues are grateful for your participation. Nothing less, nothing more.
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How should I write a NeuroWiki.com article?

You can write a new article by clicking the Add Topic button below the NeuroWiki logo. Click Save Changes to save the article to the database. If you choose to ignore all changes you made, click Undo Typing or just go back to Show Topics. To edit an already existing topic, please
look here.
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How do I edit the article layout?

There are several options available to improve the layout of your article. You can make text bold or italic by placing the text that should have this layout between specific tags. For those who are familiar with HTML, this will look rather familiar. However, you cannot use plain HTML itself, as you can read in
this explanation.
When you type this... Your text looks like this...
an [b]updated[/b] procedure an updated procedure
a [i]new[/i] approach a new approach
Note that these so called tags are placed between [ and ], and they exist as siblings: the opening tag looks like [..] and the closing tag like [/..] (starts with forward slash). At this point, it is not yet possible to combine tags.
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How do I add hyperlinks to other NeuroWiki articles?

If you want to create a hyperlink reference to another article of NeuroWiki.com, please do not use the notation for
external links but the notation that is explained in this topic. The main reason is that these internal hyperlinks are handled in a different way when preparing the site for mobile devices, so that clicking an internal link on the PDA will bring you to the desired topic without the need for having an Internet connection available.
To link to a NeuroWiki.com article, you will need to know its ID: this can be found at the end of its internet address (URL) in your browser when you open the article. Example: if you have an article that you want to link to and you open it, then you will see something like

http://neurowiki.com/wikiDisplay.php?id=17

in the address bar of your browser. You can read that this article has ID 17. Now let's create some links to this article...
When you type this... Your link looks like this...
[link]17[/link] Topic's title
[link=17]Link to this topic[/link] Link to this topic
Although the article's title is displayed automatically when you type [link]17[/link], this method could make the text in your edit field very hard to understand. So the second approach is the preferred one. Both will give you a perfect display on your mobile device as well.
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How do I add hyperlinks to other websites?

This topic explains you how to add hyperlinks to external websites (outside NeuroWiki.com). To read about linking to other NeuroWiki articles, read
this topic. When linking to another website, it is mandatory to enter this websites address (also called URL). You may write this as http://www.somedomain.com or as www.somedomain.com - both will work. Optionally, you may want to enter a description for the website that the user clicks on, instead of the URL itself.
When you type this... Your link looks like this...
[link]www.pubmed.com[/link] www.pubmed.com
[link=www.pubmed.com]PubMed website[/link] PubMed website

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How do I add images to my article?

Adding images is just as easy as adding bold or italic markup, there is just one but: at this point, you cannot upload your image to NeuroWiki.com, so it should be (or be placed) somewhere else online. All you have to know, is the online location, like http://www.somedomain.com/images/picture.jpg. Then, you can enter this in two ways which will give you the same result, just choose the one you feel most comfortable with.
Method 1 [img]http://www.somedomain.com/images/picture.jpg[/img]
Method 2 [img=http://www.somedomain.com/images/picture.jpg]

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Can I use regular HTML?

No, you can't. HTML tags are stripped from your entry, to prevent interference with the layout of the main website itself (like when you would forget a closing anchor tag, for example). However, several HTML features have been translated into BB-like code that is protected against these syntax errors, so that they won't interfere with the main site. These are described in the sections above.
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Can I delete articles?

No, you can't. You can change articles the way you like, and these changes are saved in a backup, so that no content can be lost. To prevent abuse of the website, deleting articles can only be done by the webmaster. If you think that an article should be deleted, please use the Contact button to report this, including the reason why.
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Can I add or remove categories or levels?

No, you can't. Although you are free to add or modify content, categories and levels are pre-set to keep the content ordered. In case you think a specific category or level should be added / removed, please contact the webmaster by clicking the Contact button.
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What is done against wiki-vandalism?

First, when an article gets modified, the current version is added to this article's archive, and can always be retrieved. This way, no content can really be removed by another user. Second, every time an article is modified, the IP address and hostname of the modifier are saved in the database. To protect privacy, they are not shown, but to the webmaster, they are known. This could be used to restrict access for people who don't behave properly. Third, hacking attempts are also logged in a separate database, including some additional data about the user.
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What devices should NeuroWiki Mobile work on?

You can find an extensive list on the
AvantGo website.
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How do I install NeuroWiki Mobile on my PDA or smartphone?

First, you have to
create a user account. Then you can click the Mobile button above, followed by the AvantGo button on that page. More instructions on using AvantGo can be found in the user guides.
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How can I navigate through the articles on the PDA?

When you open the NeuroWiki Mobile channel, you can select the article of your choice. This will bring you automatically to the article, and there you can browse the content. At the end of each article, you will find a link that brings you back to the articles index.
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How can I search for articles on the PDA?

You can use the Find option in the AvantGo menu to search for an article. At the moment, there is no separate Search function available in NeuroWiki Mobile.
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Can I edit articles on the PDA?

No, articles can just be edited real time using a web browser. PDA synchronization is meant for reading only.
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The philosophy behind NeuroWiki.com

Many students and medical doctors are walking around with little paper notebooks, in which they write medical things to remember. Many of these things will be the same for all of us, and perhaps somebody else thought of writing down something you did not think about. Why not put this system online? Then we can edit, update and share our knowledge, teach, collaborate, and we have a backup... Then put everything onto the mobile computer (PDA, smartphone) and take it with you. The information gets updated every time your synchronize your device with the pc or manually using a wireless network. So the handwritten personal paper might be improved with updated searchable information online and in your pocket. Besides, it is said that the best way to learn, is to teach....
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The making of NeuroWiki.com

Paper sketch NeuroWiki.com has been programmed in W3C web standards, like HTML, and open source techniques like PHP scripting using a MySQL database. Most of the work was done on a Mac Mini G4 with Mac OS X (10.4) running MAMP, and some additional stuff was done on an Intel Centrino laptop with Ubuntu Linux 6.06 LTS running XAMPP. ActiveState Komodo Personal was used (with pleasure) as the IDE. The colors were chosen with Color schemer online and the buttons were created using glassy buttons. The first sketches for the GUI were performed with a standard ballpoint on a standard piece of paper...

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Screenshots on Windows, Mac and Linux

Click the appropriate link to see the screenshot of your favorite browser on your favorite operating system:
Mac OS X - Firefox Mac OS X - Safari Mac OS X - Camino
Linux (GNOME) - Firefox Linux (GNOME) - Opera Linux (KDE) - Konqueror
Windows - Firefox Windows - Opera Windows - Internet Explorer

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What is that strange "o" in the NeuroWiki logo?

The "o" in the NeuroWiki logo is the
Ubuntu Linux logo. Ubuntu is an African word with many meanings, but it could be translated simply with "humanity". Currently Ubuntu is known because of the user-friendly Linux distribution. Linux is an open source operating system that runs on almost all computers. Ubuntu Linux is free, safe (no viruses or spyware), and offers a complete package of software including Office applications and an image editor. NeuroWiki.com hopes to add a little bit to the "Ubuntu spirit" by providing a free service that may help to improve the quality of healthcare.
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How many people are visiting the website?

NeuroWiki.com uses
Statcounter for tracking visitors. For aesthetical reasons, there is no visible icon on the main website, but you are allowed to visit the NeuroWiki.com public stats.
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Future developments

Future developments will depend on the first experience, feedback, and technological progress. Several things are on the list, like an image upload system to facilitate picture sharing in your articles, exploring the added value of caching NeuroWiki Mobile to improve the synchronisation speed for AvantGo, and maybe adding a real database to the mobile devices (however, this also has some financial implications). If people are interesed, a user forum can be created.
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About the developer

This website is developed and maintained by Pieter Kubben, MD. Pieter combines a residency in neurosurgery (Maastricht University Hospital, The Netherlands) with a thesis on the benefits of intraoperative MRI and functional neuronavigation. As a hobby starting from his computer interest, he got involved in Mobile Computing in Healthcare. After receiving several international awards for his activities in this field, he developed this website combining his medical experience, knowledge about web programming and the mobile platform.
For more information please visit:
www.kubben.nl.
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Aknowledgments

Many regards to many people, although some deserve to be mentioned by name... in random order they are:
  • prof. A. Scherpbier, MD, PhD - for giving me chances and making things possible
  • H. Hoogland, MD, PhD - for being a 'mobile mentor' and perfect discussion partner
  • prof. C. van der Vleuten, PhD - for being a realistic voice within my world of enthusiasm
  • prof. E. Beuls, MD, PhD - for supporting that mobile computing is more than "playing with toys"

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