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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TEDx talk on Citizen Science for Biology

Earlier this year, Syd Peterson invited me to give a talk at TEDxClaremontColleges. When Syd told me that the theme was “Unexpected Narratives”, I wondered how my lab’s research could possibly fit. To me, it felt like an “eat your broccoli” situation — that packed among some great stories and storytellers they wanted to sneak in some boring science. But to...
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Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing manuscripts due in two weeks

The 2015 Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing will be held from Jan 4-8 on Kohala Coast in Hawaii! Andrew and Ben (together with collaborators Robert and Zhiyong at NCBI) are organizing the session on Crowdsourcing and Mining Crowd Data. For the session to be remotely decent, they need manuscript submissions. Submissions will be vigorously peer-reviewed and accepted papers will be published in an...
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Local talks on games and Gene Wiki

Last Friday I had the honor of speaking at the Salk Institute 'Systems to Synthesis' Symposium.  I introduced the idea of games with a biological purpose, showed off our early results with Dizeez and plugged some of the prototypes appearing at genegames.org.  The slides for the presentation are up on slideshare. Gene annotation games View more PowerPoint from goodb Tomorrow, Erik...
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Gene Wiki presentation at ISMB

I had the privilege of giving a keynote presentation at the ISMB Bio-ontologies SIG in Vienna earlier this month. This audience was perfect for us as we try to move the (mostly) unstructured Gene Wiki toward structured gene annotations. I particularly enjoyed the lively discussion after my talk… Slides from my talk are here: Cultivating and mining the Gene Wiki for crowdsourced gene...
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