Building communities of knowledge with Wikidata

As the Wikimedia Movement works to define its strategy for the next fifteen years, it is worthwhile to consider how its recent product Wikidata may fit into that strategy.  As its homepage states, “Wikidata is a free and open knowledge base that can be read and edited by both humans and machines.” https://www.wikidata.org/ Wikidata is a particular kind of database designed to capture...
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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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Wikipedia as a basic scientific reference

Wikipedia is probably the most current, extensive, and accessible knowledge base available. Currently, there are over 10,000 Wikipedia entries for human genes of interest thanks to the Gene Wiki project and the contributions of the dedicated and altruistic Wikipedia community. Unfortunately, many of these articles are out-of-date or are just stubs in desperate need of content. If you are in...
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Neat Science Thursday – Scientific communication is hard

For my dissertation research, I studied the mechanisms of viral persistence in the central nervous system using an in vitro model consisting of picornavirus infections of differentiated and undifferentiated murine neural progenitor and stem cells. To some of my non-science friends and family, that explanation sounds something like, “I studied blah blah blah, miscellaneous pretentious...
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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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