Making research accessible with the GENE/Gene Wiki Partnership

Did you know you can update your favorite gene on Wikipedia and get a review article published while you’re at it? Here’s what you need to know about the GENE/Gene Wiki partnership: What is it? The goal of the Gene Wiki is to create a comprehensive Wikipedia article for every human gene. To incentivize authors to improve Wikipedia content, GENE is now soliciting new gene-specific...
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Join our motley crew of researchers!

Several months ago I put out a call for postdocs applicants. Combined with other recruiting efforts, the lab has grown with several new positions — two postdocs (starting in the fall, and more upcoming interviews), our Scientific Outreach Program Manager, and an intern. And despite this growth, we need more. My group has been pretty fortunate in the funding lottery, both in terms our...
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Wikipedia is for reals, Gene Wiki is legit

Professor Murray Jennex is an information systems whiz. He would start his classes on Information Security and Decision Support Systems with an open and frank discussion on relevant current affairs. During one of these discussions he raised a question regarding the accuracy of the information on wikipedia. Yes, it is open so that the entries can be vandalized; yes, Stephen Colbert did prove that...
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Recruiting a Scientific Outreach Program Manager

In addition to recruiting for new postdoctoral associates, my group also just posted an ad for a Scientific Outreach Program Manager. What exactly is a Scientific Outreach Program Manager? In truth, we’re not completely sure. What we do know is that our lab believes passionately in crowdsourcing, and engaging crowds is a lot of work. Our existing lab members do an amazing job developing...
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Aim 4: Patient-aligned crowdsourcing

This is the fifth and final blog post in a series on our Gene Wiki renewal. More details below. Crowdsourcing is all about motivating large groups of individuals to collaboratively achieve some shared vision. For example, the Wikipedia crowd primarily uses volunteerism as a motivation. Other recent initiatives motivate crowds of gamers using fun and enjoyment1. In this aim, we will target a...
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Aim 3: Centralized Model Organism Database

This is the fourth blog post in a series on our Gene Wiki renewal. More details below. Our plans to build a Centralized Model Organism Database (CMOD) is the one that we discussed most openly as we were drafting our proposal. So you should feel free to read our previous blog post on this subject, but this post is a slightly expanded and refined version. The Gene Wiki is a crowdsourcing mechanism...
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