Happy Fathers Day!

A HUGE thanks to all the dads (and EVERYONE) who has been contributing to make a difference for the NGLY1 families. Shipping delays Apologies to international prize and drawing winners who were waiting for their prizes. Most of the international packages that we shipped out in May/June have been returned to us due to customs issues (fortunately, this happened at some point prior to shipping so...
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2016 – A busy year for Gene Wiki and WikiData

I knew it! Last year, I struggled with the year-end post for the Gene Wiki/WikiData (AKA the Gene WikiData) project because the Gene WikiData team was incredibly active. I learned my lesson, and attempted to better track their activity earlier this year with a running tally. Still, the Gene WikiData team was so productive, I still had trouble keeping up with everything they did! They’ve...
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A simple way to write Wikidata bots

Introduction: Sulab has proven it’s love for Wikipedia by creating the GeneWiki[1]. Wikipedia is primarily a collection of free-text pages which also can contain some structured data in the form of infoboxes. In order to increase the abilities of handling and representing structured data in the MediaWiki universe, Wikidata was conceived and finally rolled out to the community in late 2012....
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Mark2Cure presentation at FOGM15

[View the story “Researchers amazed by citizen scientists in biocuration effort” on...
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Finding buried treasure in shifting sand

The problem of keeping up with scientific literature is not new. In 1986, information scientist, Don R. Swanson, published an article about mining the wealth of knowledge buried in academic literature. In his article, “Undiscovered public knowledge”, Swanson investigated information that was not readily available simply because individual biomedical research papers were (and in many...
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Microtask crowdsourcing and biocuration

Thanks to the hard work of my coauthors @x0xMaximus and @andrewsu , I was able to nab the award for the best presentation at The Seventh International Biocuration Conference from the International Society of Biocuration.   The slides for the presentation and the poster are available from slideshare. Yay team!I think the presentation garnered the interest it did because many...
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