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The hierarchy of the website is set out as follows:

  • Phase
    • Course
      • Lectures
      • Pracs
      • SGs
      • Tutorials

Each of the subsections (e.g. Lectures) is a category containing pages of that type (e.g. the AEA Lectures may contain "AEA/Lectures/Plenary: Osteoporosis").

Subject pages

Subjects pages (e.g. SH, Foundations) contain several headings:

  • Sources - a list of links to uploaded files (on StudyingMed, mediafire, etc) from which the Wiki entries for this subject are being created
  • Lectures - a list of lectures in the subject. Their names are formatted as, for example, SH/Lectures/Overview of respiratory function
  • Pracs - a list of pracs in the subject. Their names are formatted as, for example, SH/Pracs/Anatomy: Upper respiratory tract
  • SGs - a list of pracs in the subject. Their names are formatted as, for example, SH/SGs/HIV: Confidentiality, stigma and legal issues
  • Tutorials - a list of pracs in the subject. Their names are formatted as, for example, SH/Tutorials/Respiratory Physiology

Example layout

The layout for a subject page is as follows:

* [[Subject/Lectures/FirstLectureTitle]]
* [[Subject/Lectures/SecondLectureTitle]]
* etc...
* [[Subject/Pracs/FirstPracTitle]]
* [[Subject/Lectures/SecondPracTitle]]
* etc...
* [[Subject/SGs/FirstSGTitle]]
* [[Subject/SGs/SecondSGTitle]]
* etc...
* [[Subject/Tutorials/FirstTutorialTitle]]
* [[Subject/Tutorials/SecondTutorialTitle]]
* etc...

See SH for an example of this in action.

Note: "Sources" and "Pracs" both use templates rather than heading markers, because there is arbitrary included text associated with these sections.

User pages

Note: please check whether there is an article on the topic you want to write about already, or if there is a wanted page that you could add your information to. In addition to global content, users can post their own personal notes under their own namespace. For instance, if I wanted to post notes on cardiology, I would create a page called "Willem/Cardiology".

The reasons for this notation are:

  1. Consistent and organised notation
  2. Your pages will be indexed on your Wiki Userpage (e.g. User:Willem) under a table of contents for your own easy access (just add the tag "<subpages />" wherever you would like the index to appear). I did this under "Custom Information" on my own userpage.

You can create links to your files on your Wiki Userpage via an Image tag (see the Help files). You are also able to create a Gallery containing all of your own files.

If you would like to add personal pages to the site, that is fine! Just do so in your own name space (e.g. User:Jenny/My cats)

You have infinite storage space.

Important: User pages and your own lecture notes

It seems likely that, during a lecture, many users will want to save to the same lecture wiki page. This will not work so well, because you cannot save an article if someone else has already made a revision since you started editing.

A better idea is to first save your lecture notes under "User:Username/Lectures/TheCurrentLecture", and then to integrate your notes with the larger wiki at a later date. For an example, see User:Willem/SH/Lectures.

Upload and document conversion

Both multiple and single upload are possible via the links in the sidebar (left).

Word documents will be able to be converted to WikiText soon [edit: this is buggy].

Save directly to the Wiki

If you don't want to upload word documents, THEN have to convert them to Wiki text, you can use this application. Microsoft released an add-in that allows you to save your Microsoft Office Word 2007 or above documents straight into MediaWiki.

  1. Download the "Microsoft Office Word Add-in For MediaWiki" from Microsoft Download Center, and install it.
  2. Save the document as "MediaWiki (*.txt)" file type.
  3. Copy the text from the (*.txt) file into your Wiki page

This Microsoft add-in does not handle images and throws an error.

If you need to add an image to the Wiki, the only way is to convert it to a JPG (using Paint or similar) and then upload it manually.

Social functions

You can add friends and an avatar to your profile, comment on your own and others' user pages, and send gifts.

The Chat (link in sidebar) allows you to chat to other Med students currently online.


Willem 11:50, 12 November 2011 (UTC)