CIRSE 2016 hosts an edit-a-thon: events and online are merged in a loving embrace
Over the last decade, the congresses have made a significant step forward from a technological point of view, not only in the event infrastructure itself and its staging, but also in its ability to project itself into the digital world and multiply its impact on the Internet. Thus, the organized groups have taken advantage of the new tools at their disposal without sacrificing the need to meet regularly in order to discuss their reality and deal with the new improvements.
Nowadays, there is no self-respecting congress without some online publishing, multimedia files, protocols, directories, forums or network registers or with neither social media nor a website. In the near future, technology will be essential to creating value through information gathered with big data. Anyway, being in the online world has allowed meetings to continue growing and maintaining their interest. While some people predicted the end of the congresses – with the rise of ICT – the reality shows their strength and undeniable force as a vehicle of knowledge, especially in technological and scientific fields.
The annual congress of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiological Society of Europe (CIRSE), held its most recent meeting from 10th to 14th September at the CCIB. It welcomed 6,700 delegates from 91 countries and it is a good example of the confluence between on and offline. In this expert framework, it took place an edit-a-thon in order to improve the content of several Wikipedia articles related to the specialty. In these live events, editors meet to monitor together a theme or a specific group of articles in the large virtual encyclopedia. This participatory activity adds another dimension to the online task of the volunteer editors, as well as provides socialization to the community, making it more visible to the public.
CIRSE was a unique opportunity to complete the medical articles on Wikipedia, as it is very important that prestigious international specialists undertake its wording. For three hours, the CCIB was the place in which the participants, apart from improving the scientific quality and references of the articles, incorporated the biographies of the key members related to the development of interventional radiology.