Cochrane Collaboration is a global independent network of health practitioners, researchers, patient advocates and others, responding to the challenge of making the vast amounts of evidence generated through research more useful for informing decisions about health. It believes that a world of improved health is possible when decisions about health and health care are routinely informed by high-quality, relevant and up-to-date synthesized research evidence, which it produces in the form of Cochrane Systematic Reviews and other accessible resources, and publishes on The Cochrane Library. Generated by contributors from over 120 countries, its work is not-for-profit and free from commercial sponsorship and other conflicts of interest.
Cochrane is recognised as a leading advocate of evidence-based health care, and evidence-informed decision making more generally. It is also emerging as a leader in open science and open data, and understands the importance of Wikipedia as a medical reference for both the lay public and the professional community.
==The WIR position==
Cochrane is now seeking a talented and engaged [[Wikipedian in Residence''']] to work with its contributors for an initial term of six months, with a possible extension to one year. The WiR would help Cochrane's authors interact with Wikipedia, understand its policies, add reliable sources to expand and update medical articles, and engage with the broader Cochrane and Wikipedia communities to further the partnership between the two organizations. A great candidate can operate as a liaison and a teacher of how Wikipedia works, in addition to being a competent and active medical-editor themselves.
Wiki Project Med Foundation is helping to coordinate the search for great candidates.
The Wikipedian in Residence would ideally be:
# An active Wikipedia editor, a Wikipedian in good standing, for at least 1 year and with 1,000 edits (more is preferable)
# A science and/or healthcare enthusiast, preferably with a background as either a student or professional
# An ambassador, capable of interacting between Wikipedia's community and Cochrane groups
# A teacher, helping Cochrane contributors to properly and successfully navigate and use Wikipedia
# A collaborator, comfortable working in and among a distributed network of professionals
# A remote facilitator, adept with email, scheduling, online meetings, and conference calls
# A passionate individual, both about Wikipedia’s mission and Cochrane's approach and goals
The position is open to anyone who can meet these criteria but may be particularly suited to students or recent graduates looking to expand their skills and experience, or those who work part-time in another job. Candidates should have an excellent level of written and spoken English, although those that speak more than one language are particularly welcome to apply.
Cochrane is structured as a network of groups located throughout the world to which people contribute in different ways, but primarily as authors of Cochrane Systematic Reviews. The WiR will work remotely from their chosen location and will interact with a number of groups and their contributors via email and online. Cochrane will provide a selection of online collaboration tools to facilitate communication.
The WiR will report to, and be guided by, Cochrane’s Head of Communications & External Affairs, and a Senior Editor of The Cochrane Library. They will also interact regularly with other members of Cochrane’s senior management team and representatives of its publishing partner for ''The Cochrane Library''.
The WiR will be expected to work flexibly at different times of their day to suit their schedule and to help support Cochrane groups throughout the world (some work in the evenings is likely to be required). The exact number of hours per week will be agreed with the successful candidate, but is likely to be in the region of 7-12 hours per week.
The WiR will receive a stipend of up to $6,500 USD/£4,000 for the initial six month term, which will be paid in two instalments at the beginning and middle of the term. In addition, the WiR will be funded to attend and present a session at the 22nd Cochrane Colloquium in Hyderabad, India, 21st-25th September 2014.
==Applying to be WIR==
We want to learn more about you and see how we can best give you an opportunity to work with Cochrane. Please be honest, detailed and clear in your responses, but feel free to incorporate wit and brevity as well.
Thanks again! --Cochrane's Collaboration Editorial Staff, and the Wiki Project Med Foundation Team