The Gene Wiki project: Looking to the future v.2017

The Gene Wiki project has been generously funded by the National Institutes for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) since 2009. As the second funding period is wrapping up early next year, it was time to once again look forward and think about our vision for the next 4-5 years. Posted below is what we came up with, submitted earlier this week to the NIH as a competing renewal proposal with Lynn...
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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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Aim 2: Outreach

This is the third blog post in a series on our Gene Wiki renewal. More details below. review of essay writing services As a crowdsourcing initiative, the Gene Wiki project is entirely based on community contributions and participation. One key early decision we made was to position the Gene Wiki within Wikipedia where “the crowd” already existed. This design choice differentiated us...
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Aim 1: Diseases and drugs

This is the second blog post in a series on our Gene Wiki renewal. More details below. The first funding period focused on crowdsourcing knowledge on human genes in Wikipedia. And that effort has largely been successful. The ~10,000 gene articles are collectively viewed 68 million times per year, and our bot ensures that the “infobox” content is up-to-date and accurate. But the use...
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Gene Wiki progress report

This is the first blog post in a series on our Gene Wiki renewal. More details below. First, let’s recap a bit of history on our Gene Wiki project. We originally proposed the Gene Wiki as one aim of our NIH grant to develop BioGPS, an crowdsourced online portal for aggregating gene-centric information. As part of a Master’s student’s thesis project, we created ~7500 Wikipedia...
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