Open Data should mean CC0, not CC-BY

Several months ago, NIGMS released a RFI on The Need for and Support of Research Resources for the Biomedical Research Community. Our group has quite a bit of experience building information-based research resources (through grants generously awarded by NIGMS). So based on our recent experiences integrating data for inclusion in Wikidata, Ben and I took this opportunity to formulate some...
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NIH Grant proposal for sale!

Last November, Andrew and I submitted an R21 proposal for consideration by the NIH.  Today, we received the summary statement.  Since a lot of work went into writing it, I feel compelled to share it regardless of whether its ever funded (which currently seems like a longshot, but you never know).   Perhaps someone will find a useful idea in there and the world will somehow be...
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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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The future of the Gene Wiki

My group recently submitted a grant proposal to the NIH (a “competing renewal”) to continue our work developing the Gene Wiki. In case you haven’t been following, the goal of the Gene Wiki is to create a collaboratively-written, community-reviewed, and continuously-updated review article for every human gene. Currently the Gene Wiki exists in the form of ~10,000 Wikipedia...
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Grant Proposal for your Review

Dear Internet,A penny for your thoughts on the grant proposal accessible here.  If you were on the committee that decided the fate of this proposal (and in a very real way, its authors), what would you say?  Go jump in a lake?  This is fantastic?  Why?In a nutshell, we* propose to build some serious games that will translate key biological data curation and interpretation...
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