Wikipedia: Helping Scientists Predict the Spread of Disease

Since its launch in 2001, Wikipedia has become the sixth most visited site in the world. Researchers reported the site contains around 30 million articles in 287 languages and it serves roughly 850 million article requests per day. More importantly, it’s a free, open source of data that is gaining traction as an “effective and timely disease surveillance.”

Source: Wikipedia Positioned To Track Disease Outbreak: The Model That Could Rival Current Resources

Given the long standing joke about people – hypochondriacs – googling their illness (physical or mental), I have to think there’s too much false positive for this to be of any value.  The signal to noise ratio…