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Site Visits

Site visits per day have settled. Increased activity mainly seems to be related to a search engine such as Google ranking a page in its top few links. We have had five periods unplanned off line in 5 years and a few hours there and here for essential server maintenance. Mlj 12:27, 6 May 2012 (UTC)


Uploading media files

Can we? Trying to upload a recording of doppler signals. Mark ong 17:12, 14 May 2009 (UTC)

In principle this is easy as all you have to do is to redefine in LocalSettings.php the variables $wgEnableUploads to true, $wgFileBlacklist, $wgStrictFileExtensions etc correctly and $wgFileExtensions = array(); to include files with the ending of your audio files, say'mp3' if you do not want warnings.
In practice it requires one of the few of us that have root write privileges (this does not include me) to do it, and since no-one who can do it has got around to my request for the GANFYD favicon.ico to be placed in the right place who knows when it would be done. Certainly any file format enabled for upload should be a safe one that is unlikely to be used for malware purposes (on a windows machine) and that most browsers/OS will recognise easily. I would bow to Adrian's knowledge of what is safe, but know that at present it sure does not include *.pdf, *.ppt and *.exe if you are one of those Windows users out there! Mlj 21:04, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
I shall do it, and the favicon.ico thing as soon as I can. I have had a catastrophic laptop crash, which has left me without the keys to the door. I'm trying to get hold of Rupert as he has the info, and then I'll do it. Next week sometime. Remind me! (And yes, I did have things written down in a secure place, but it is so secure as to have been inadvertantly shredded a while ago. Mea culpa.) --A.l.brown 19:55, 15 May 2009 (UTC)
I'll get on it. The favicon is oddly difficult though... Midgley 00:38, 24 August 2009 (UTC)
mp3 files seem okay. Mark ong 19:00, 24 August 2009 (UTC)
suprised that Adrian had a problem with favicon as it seemed so trivial to correct by a copy but I did not have root write access needed to drop it in right place created by Rupert when I tried to solve problem a long time ago now. I suspect Apache then requires a restart and I seem to remember this is more complicated ! Over to Adrian whatever. I must test the svg upload functionality sometime as it could offer some extras to users not stuck on IE Mlj 17:20, 26 August 2009 (UTC)
It is odd. I can do a reload/restart for Apache. The Practice has settled down and I have a bit more time now. Midgley 10:21, 28 August 2009 (UTC)


Our First Birthday Cake courtesy of Mark ong
Happy birthday ganfyd

As a 5th Birthday present courtesy of Mlj

Scripts or Bots

I don't know enough about wikimedia scripts or bots, but it struck me that there must be an automated way of cataloging images, i.e. creating a script that adds [[Category: Molecular images]] to any image file containing 'Molecule'.

In addition, Category:Medical instruments could be better named 'medical equipment', but it's too much hassle to do it manually. Similarl, Category:General practice and Category:General Practice need merging and an automated way would be helpful. Anybody know more about scripts/bots? Mark ong 02:13, 8 September 2008 (BST)

There are bots out there that can automate this sort of thing. It has been a while since I looked into them, but I reckon we should investigate. It may be that Adrian can write something using Python to do much of what is needed...? --A.l.brown 16:08, 8 September 2008 (BST)
Actually I spent about 30 min last night reading up on bots on mediawiki having decided that the principle of manual update was fine but the application sucked !. Came to the conclusion I could probably write one based on a template out there and then found when I converted the BASE64 file declared as opensource the author was lying - there were binary bits. Presently no time to do this from a standing start and more importantly debug. What I would have done was write a PHP routine that detected image files that contained the string xMolecule.yyy and also categorised those that read x.zzz as Category:Molecular structures. Mlj 22:26, 8 September 2008 (BST)

CC Licence work may be interesting

The CC foundation are trying to establish consensus on how "non-commercial" use is defined. Midgley 16:49, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Upgrade to 1.13 finished.

The upgrade is finished. So far it's gone very smoothly - it was read only for a couple of hours while the update script added columns to tables, but the switch from 1.9.3 to 1.13.3 was graceful and instantaneous. I would be interested to know if all extensions are tickety boo. —Rupert (Talk) 14:54, 30 December 2008 (UTC)

Current events gone away? Midgley 12:04, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
Fixed. However fixing it way I did it deliberately moves current events page contents from a default search. Others might not like this. Comments welcome. Obviously we could just redirect to main name space which I suspect was how we did it before but it seemed not that elegant. It might be possible to edit MediaWiki:Sidebar to point to main namespace page of same name instead of GANFYD namespace without a redirect, but then we might find issue reoccurring with another upgrade. I think the MediaWiki namespace pages changed with the upgrade which makes some sense as I did have a bit of work to do there after the upgrade. Mlj 18:42, 7 January 2009 (UTC)
Seems a bug in user name log in exists that is quite exotic but would be explained if MediaWikis input validation algorithms have changed. I have started preliminary investigation with user:Ciaran who may not be now locked out if the blocking of a probably unused user name Ciarán works and we don't need to modify the raw database. Mlj 22:54, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
I'd like to revisit the issue of the ganfyd registration engine. I think it is probably due for a rewrite, along with the admin tools. --A.l.brown 23:29, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Sorry what's the problem - Ciaran can't log-in? —Rupert (Talk) 09:27, 14 January 2009 (UTC)
Yes he thinks he changed his user prefs to skins on preferences to 'CologneBlue' and this is causing error message

Fatal error: Access level to SkinCologneBlue::$searchboxes must be protected (as in class Skin) or weaker in /home/wikis/ganfyd-permanent/skins/CologneBlue.php on line 312 Do you have the ability to reset his user prefs to default and see if that resolve=s the issue ? 22:56, 14 January 2009 (UTC)


  • I have updated Help:Citations to explain how Cite extension needs explicate identification by the name property of dublicate references on a page. A pain and will really justify a bot to sort out historical pages. Rupert's old automatic detection of dublicates was much more elegant in references.php Mlj 17:04, 14 February 2009 (UTC)


I was checking my entry on Public Guardian and noticed that it was entered at 10.28. My onscreen and living room clocks noted that it was 11.32. The clocks have changed at the weekend. Does it matter if the website runs on GMT or BST? Should this be stated? Or have I just been staring blankly at the screen for over an hour - not impossible I suppose :¬( --Tom 10:52, 2 April 2009 (UTC)

Actually Tom as long as you have editor rights it becomes clear when you sign and date an entry with 4 tithes that the site uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) instead of BST unless you have changed your default personal preferences in the Date and Time tag of the My Preferences options. I suspect any one with editor rights once logged in and who has set their timezone offset right will get the right time displayed on their editorial work for them, but have not tried this myself :) Mlj 21:50, 2 April 2009 (UTC)
The time is stored as ticks since epoch (seconds since a moment in 1970) so the displayed time only matters if someone starts arguing, and then we'd go to the stored Unix datetime. Midgley 13:25, 4 April 2009 (UTC)

Open Source textbooks good standard in California

We should find this slightly interesting. Midgley 17:24, 13 August 2009 (UTC)

Wikipedia: Are we notable?

The ganfyd article in Wikipedia has been listed for deletion as non-notable. I suspect we are more notable and noted than many articles in WP, but there are guidelines on what notability is. Midgley 22:15, 13 October 2009 (UTC)

  • I've given up trying to understand how Wikipedia's policies work.--A.l.brown 09:31, 14 October 2009 (UTC)
I don't think there is a consistent policy , just someone who likes their power to distort free information which was a reason I got out of wikipedia medical articlesMlj
I see its just been marked no consensus with debate closed but the marker for consideration for deletion has not been removed as yet. Mlj 09:11, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
Still there, I see... --Penglish 00:10, 21 March 2010 (UTC)
Yes, we were offically kept on 19th October 2009. Mlj 11:24, 21 March 2010 (UTC)
I see someone had a second go, and is involved in another medical collaborative info project. This seems a tedious waste of their time, and of that of others. Midgley 14:56, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

News from Rupert

Hi everyone. I've been boycotting DNUK since about two years ago, and somehow I've got out of the habit of coming on ganfyd too. Sorry for not doing anything since January. :$ I note the discussion above about uploading other media types-I'll have a quick look at that tomorrow. (I'm on SSA, or Student Selected Activity, at home atm.) Generally speaking, things are going well - I'm a final year now, currently filling in my job application form and looking forward to the first half of my finals in the second week of November!) Isn't ganfyd's birthday around then? —Rupert (Talk) 21:53, 14 October 2009 (UTC)

short of space in /var

I need to do some fairly major moving around. Midgley 00:01, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for getting it back up. One minor issue (we hope) is that the GANFYD server is being targetted something heavy from South East Asian web addresses. Favicon is now working. Mlj 09:46, 21 March 2010 (UTC)
GANFYD had a brief outage today until Midgley could set up some symbolic links to ensure its fine till someone has time to sort it out better Mlj 20:32, 25 September 2010 (UTC)

ganfyd vs wikipedia

Unfortunately can't access full text of article:
Mark ong 21:56, 8 October 2010 (UTC) The abstract is at but the good news is you can rent the article for free at the moment at off to read it. You have to log in and I do not like the way it tries to get my facebook account details - perhaps at its most innocent its a subsidiary playing with how to make the web pay Mlj 23:33, 8 October 2010 (UTC) Mlj 23:33, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Ok now read Paula Young's review and I think its fair. User:Midgley gets a strong mention although User:A.l.brown who actually got GANFYD up and running and has probably paid more than his fair share, deserves acknowledgement, if not by the review, by me. It mentions our strong and weak points and is consistent with my keeness to use SubjectBox and similar templates as we can quickly get out of date in some detail and should be seen as a start of looking at a subject. I will correct a few of Paula's niggles and agree we could wikify more...if we had time or perhaps a better idea is to write Bots to do it Mlj 23:51, 8 October 2010 (UTC)
I agree with all that especially the allocation of credit. Midgley 14:36, 29 January 2011 (UTC)
She is at Weston now, and I had correspondence with her. There may be suitable places to spread the word. Midgley 18:12, 31 March 2011 (UTC)

2011: The state of the union

We exist. We continue. We are a small bunch of active people, and a larger population of users.

Among the possible spin-offs of this project would be a study of usefulness and use for medical students and for junior doctors. I shall point this at the local medical school and see if anyone needs to do some research.

It would be useful to speak about the project at some meeting. I seem to be busy and relishing these things less than I used to, but could, perhaps. My particular area of course is the restricted copyleft licence we have, and its relevance to other areas and professions. Actually that may be topical for this week's Economist[1]: letters: Wikipedia .

Thoughts? Midgley 15:08, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

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Crash resolved

Irritatingly small fault, once we found the right file to delete. Well done Rupert. Midgley 23:50, 18 August 2011 (UTC)

Well done, Adrian! Two and a half hours work, and in the end all we had to do was delete one file. Crazy! Roll on the new build. —Rupert (Talk) 23:56, 18 August 2011 (UTC)
Congrats to the Tech team and wishing you a well deserved sleep while I enjoyed lunch at a Tea plantation and wonderful countryside - now smell H2S in air if you want to guess where I am. Mlj 05:54, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
The Google Talk/Chat system running through the browsers was useful. And Rupert's idea of building a copy of Ganfyd in a Virtual Box installation - therefore movable - seems promising. Midgley 09:11, 19 August 2011 (UTC)
But fiddly. Midgley 14:58, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Belgian Physiopedia project One must be pleased, I think. Midgley 14:57, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Time to upgrade

We now have a display problem with Firefox 9 - see and . Can be solved by:

  • Upgrade of MediaWiki beyond 1.16 as navigator.taintEnabled that is no longer supported and causes is_khtml to be true and that causes a KHTMLFixes.css stylesheet to get loaded.
  • We can probably make temp fix by changing contents of skins/monobook/KHTMLFixes.css from

/* KHTML fix stylesheet */ /* work around the horizontal scrollbars */

  1. column-content { margin-left: 0; }

to something like

/* KHTML fix stylesheet */ /* work around the horizontal scrollbars */ /* remove and see if safari which is based on KHTML still works and forget about old KDE boxes #column-content { margin-left: 0; }

as this seems to be the formal solution vis

* Remove five-year-old KHTMLFixes.css, which is unlikely to be relevant anymore 128 and was causing problems.

or finding the browser sniffer javascript /wiki/skins/common/wikibits.js that contains

var is_khtml = (navigator.vendor == 'KDE' || ( document.childNodes && !document.all && !navigator.taintEnabled ));

and changing test not to use navigator.taintEnabled Mlj 07:57, 3 January 2012 (UTC)

Thanks to Adrian helping me to put in the temporary fix. Works now in Firefox 9. Cheers Mlj 00:17, 6 January 2012 (UTC)
Already affected users will have to run the URL and then a refresh to get rid of the stylesheet that is wrong. Mlj 00:33, 6 January 2012 (UTC)
Still not working perfectly after Rupert did good clean out last week:

A database query syntax error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software. The last attempted database query was:

(SQL query hidden)

from within function "MediaWikiBagOStuff::_doinsert". MySQL returned error "1213: Deadlock found when trying to get lock; try restarting transaction (".

Mlj 22:46, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Outage for a few hours today solved by Rupert by a total systems reboot: after 264 days. Thanks Mlj 12:21, 6 May 2012 (UTC)

Database corruption

Unhappily discovered this evidence suggestive to me of data base corruption. See For some reason the redirect to Agence nationale de sécurité du médicament et des produits de santé got dublicated and wrote over C diff page. I wonder if Peter and me were editing same page at same time ? Should not have mattered with a database lock but perhaps lock does not work when page name is changed in the middle of anothers edit.Mlj 20:20, 1 June 2012 (UTC)

This version of Mediawiki is nearly four years old. Upgrading is a pain, but I really ought to do it. Shall we say 16:00-18:00 on Sunday? If you do the site notices, I'll do the upgrade. :) —Rupert (Talk) 22:00, 1 June 2012 (UTC)
I'm not going to be so lazy! Have done the site notice myself. We really do need to sort out something longer-term for ganfyd. More cost-effective hosting, and a more standard configuration would be good. —Rupert (Talk) 22:10, 1 June 2012 (UTC)
Would not dare do this myself but will be around on and off and can probably do minor things like check all extensions are working and even sort them out. As to the long term, we all agree we need something more standard Mlj 14:21, 2 June 2012 (UTC)
Hopefully this upgrade to 1.16.5 has just worked. The latest version, 1.18.3 is unsuitable due to PHP version 5.2.0. —Rupert (Talk) 17:09, 3 June 2012 (BST)
Bother, broken SubjectBox template on iPad, Chromium, Firefox and even IE 7 - presumably will be known problem so to work . Mlj 21:29, 3 June 2012 (BST)
Ah, perhaps a style sheet has not been copied over. Now to find it.
Ok, the failure to read MediaWiki:Common.css problem was old monobook.php which I have updated to v 1.16.5 version with success. But style sheet is still wrong for Chrome. A straight copy of 1.16.5 skins failed with an unresolved dependency so for the moment I will only alter css files one at a time when able.Mlj 22:51, 3 June 2012 (BST)
Chrome is not sorted by using 1.16.5 Monobook css files or deleting the old KHTMLFixes.css that some say is redundant. Looks like the unresolved dependency is generated by MonoBook.deps.php which has been changed from require_once('includes/SkinTemplate.php'); to require_once( dirname( dirname( __FILE__)).'includes/SkinTemplate.php'); . Also new monobook.php is such a total rewrite of old monobook.php that I can not work out for the life of me how and even if possible to add in our disclaimer code. Perhaps this can be done another way to the hack someone did back in 2008. I have left a copy of old monobook.php as monobook.1.13. All hassle as we do need good main page in Chrome and its all pinched at moment. Perhaps others can helpMlj 23:36, 3 June 2012 (BST)

Disclaimer code now much more robust. May put back in links but its now not part of monobook.php so will carry thru on upgrades theoretically. Only Chrome display issues main page left to annoy all. Mlj 00:56, 4 June 2012 (BST)

Chrome solved. I do not know what the problem was as old HTML has been fine till now but using style element to define table width in main page which is better practice works fine. May look up and see if issue known with tables in Chrome. Mlj 01:30, 4 June 2012 (BST)
And it seems to have been a known bug (regression) in Chrome that caused me to find the workaround Mlj 02:09, 4 June 2012 (BST)
Favicon not copied over on upgrade: Solved yesterday when I noticed. Mlj 23:10, 21 June 2012 (BST)

The Economist on Apple and digital textbooks. and as well as those models, there is us... Midgley 18:28, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

And California doing something that might chime with us. We could offer them an idea on licensing. Midgley 02:22, 8 September 2012 (BST)


I have exposed the tracker cookie code in MediaWiki:Monobook.js. This is latest code, replacing the old code that was hacked into monobook.php years ago. Now its exposed does anyone want to write a bit of javascript that will not allow a totally new user of GANFYD to execute this code and so set a tracking cookie without ticking an approval box, as per UK information commissioner recommendation ? My idea is to test for the __utma cookie. If its set allow google code and be invisible to user. ie old users do not even notice. If new user display explicate message and probably make wiki unusable till user allows google code to execute at which time the test for __utma will be TRUE so hides explicate message on all future pages displayed. No particular point in our own cookie and there is no easy way to stop login cookies. Thoughts ? Mlj 23:28, 21 June 2012 (BST)

I've tended to just tell people I don't deliberately set cookies, and they are welcome to block any that anything else does... BUt that seems sensible. Horror code. Midgley 20:08, 27 June 2012 (BST)


Just did a reboot as it was taking forever for site to respond. Seems quicker (on shh login at least) but we shall see. Off to test Mlj 22:32, 3 July 2012 (BST).

Seems Ok. I just noted that we had the most site visits for quite a while yesterday, 102/hour so who knows if this cause of slow down or what. Seems they all wanted to view Dental_problems. Mlj 22:44, 3 July 2012 (BST)
Was sick earlier today with MySQL crash for at present reasons no more known than a 2005 configuration gets old & tired. Thanks Rupert. Mlj 23:58, 24 September 2012 (BST)
I restarted mysql which had gone for a lie-down again. There are a lot of attmepts to ssh in from a Russian domain - machine I've emailed root there who might not be involved. Midgley 06:04, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
Today alone, we've had 1028 log-in attempts by from 16:35:58 to 18:14:40, 246 by from 10:29:13 to 10:49:51 (he tried 472 times yesterday), 177 by from 09:41:35 to 09:48:24, etc. Is this out of the ordinary for us? I mean they haven't even figured out a username yet (apart from root, mysql et al, but you can't log into root over SSH) so I think I'm probably not too worried. That said, to save resources, it would be nice to autoblock them. We don't have iptables, I don't think. Btw, it's ganfyd's seventh birthday tomorrow. I would very much like to rebuild it. —Rupert (Talk) 20:56, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
grep "sshd.*Failed pass" auth.log | egrep -o "([0-9]{1,3}\.){3}[0-9]{1,3}" | sort | uniq -c

? sshguard can apparently work without iptables but well beyond my level of expertise- Yes, looks to me an attempt every 3 to 4 ms ! Mlj 23:03, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

The attempts to log on continue. Most active are varies parties 'owning' computers in China who are trying all sorts of ports etc,, and Also (Malaysia), (Korea, Republic of) who are much less active

I think we do need to do some clearing out over Xmas as root (sda1) is 87% full, still plenty of space in home partition. Mlj 16:28, 16 December 2012 (UTC)

sda1 sorted. There was a full Aug 11 mirror of wiki on it which is now moved to home (where I have carefully removed any duplicate historic mirrors - other users can blame me if the clear out is confusing to them). Only other bit of work that I could identify to save much space on home requires a rewrite the chron script so that we no longer archive the archive which is on home and is just a bit recursive !. Rupert or Adrian may know how to do this, I am not going to try. df now reads better than start of day and gives us some reserve:
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 1011928 250672 709852 27% /
tmpfs 20480 0 20480 0% /lib/init/rw
tmpfs 20480 0 20480 0% /dev/shm
/dev/sda5 5114432 819140 4295292 17% /usr
/dev/sda7 64790560 34599984 30190576 54% /home
none 515612 2404 513208 1% /tmp
I will see if I can add iPAD icons while inMlj 18:38, 16 December 2012 (UTC)
Think I have added both default and multiple iOS icons -not sure if presence of default icon overrides the rest. Mlj 00:47, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

Yet again a MySQL crash. Rebooted. Logs show continuing attempts to login.Mlj 19:30, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Yet another MySQL crash. When I went in MySQL clearly not running. Just restarted MySQL. Unlikely with my knowledge to be able to work out what went wrong other than the obvious, we need to redo the server. If it happens too quickly again I will do a reboot. Mlj 22:07, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
Looking at logs MySQL went down about 11:30am today but I can't see why with my knowledge Mlj 23:05, 12 February 2013 (UTC)


Noted poor response tonight with an MySQL connection problem that corrected . Logs continue suggest very intense attack on shh from multiple Asian sources. It seems a CHRON job at the same time as shh attack caused issues. I think we may need to reboot as response times seem poor so not clear if just the attacks. Mlj 00:23, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

reboot did not happen as soon as ordered but did finally occur and it seems a bit quicker Mlj 00:42, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
Finding it variably sluggish from my end. Anyone else? Mark ong 21:42, 19 January 2013 (UTC)
A top today showed only expected processes responding and using resources as in past so I had a look at the logs at a time when it took a while to respond to a page update I did earlier today. The uptake was delivered in due course. Fair bit of ssh login attempt activity at the time as someone cycled through a list of German Christian names and actually quite a bit of Apache (httpd) activity. Mlj 18:45, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
No there is more too than that. I updated that post and got "GANFYD has a problem .... unable to contact database server...." Oh well. It resolved with a refresh. Not sure cause of problem.Mlj 18:52, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
MySQL server went down. Reason not clear but just put it up again without full reboot while I look at logs at my leisure Mlj 20:58, 9 April 2013 (BST)

DNUK Medipaedia RIP

Not entirely unexpected and highlights the problem of a restricted access, amongst other problems. Mark ong 17:35, 23 November 2012(UTC)

As part of's focus to improve the website and services offered to you, the Medical Image Library, eCases and Medipaedia will be removed from the website in January 2013, in order to make room for new resources which are currently in development. took this decision mainly because very few members have contributed to these services in recent years and there has been a considerable decline in the number of members who have used them.
As you have contributed to these services recently, is writing to you to give you ample time to take a copy of any content you may wish to keep.
In January 2013, the services and all material uploaded to them will be archived and no longer available on

The team hopes that this does not cause too much of an inconvenience and assures you that the decision to withdraw these services was taken after much consideration. Further information can be found here.

Kind regards

The Content Team
Certainly nice that we never pursued negotiations with the former team at DUNK before they were brought out. Mlj

Medicine 2.0

Is in London this year. Might we contemplate a poster for it perhaps? Midgley 22:10, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

14th *Libre* Software Meeting July 6-11, 2013 Brussels, BELGIUM

This may be of interest

Via Debian-Med list

                      LSM/RMLL 2013
                14th *Libre* Software Meeting
                     July 6-11, 2013
                    Brussels, BELGIUM
             Call For Papers and Participation
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Sharing of knowledge, freedom of information, community spirit, exchange of ideas, technological progress: every year the Libre Software Meeting (LSM) follows the Libre philosophy.

RMLL/LSM are non-commercial series of conferences, round tables discussions and practical workshops based on Libre/Free Software and its uses. Its aim is to provide a platform for Libre/Free Software users, developers and stakeholders. Access to LSM is free of charge and open to everyone. The conference will be held in Brussels from July 6 to July 11, 2013. We hereby announce the opportunity to submit papers for selection by the technical review committee for the RMLL/LSM 2013.

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The LSM committee aims to disseminate and improve Libre projects in the health and accessibility domains through this workshop. To better target the various exchanges that will be taking place, the programme committee of the health & accessibility workshop proposes several kinds of meetings:

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Midgley 11:04, 27 February 2013 (UTC)

Numbers: cf Wikipedia

I had a look at the About page on the Wikipedia, and then considered the figures there for users, registered users, and users who edit. THe gradietn is alarming. However it puts a better face on the numbers we show. Midgley 23:44, 19 March 2013 (UTC)