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Archived a few threads[edit]

I've archived some inactive threads to subsections which were notifications about discussions that have since been closed. — Cirt (talk) 19:20, 8 February 2014 (UTC)

Topic-page on multi-state modeling of biomolecules[edit]

A PLOS Computational Biology Topic Page on Multi-state modeling of biomolecules has now received peer reviews after revision. Comments are still welcome, especially on matters of style. -- Daniel Mietchen (talk) 09:46, 15 April 2014 (UTC)


As part of the HARMONY 2014 hackathon, we hope to create and improve articles under the COMBINE/HARMONY umbrella. This involves creating stubs for any missing articles, and improving existing articles to B class. Please add to and amend the following list:

(article quality on 23 Apr 14 in brackets)

U+003F? 09:08, 23 April 2014 (UTC)

Royal Society journals - subscription offer for one year[edit]

I'm delighted to say that the Royal Society, the UK’s National Academy for science, is offering 24 Wikipedians free access for one year to its prestigious range of scientific journals. Please note that much of the content of these journals is already freely available online, the details varying slightly between the journals – see the Royal Society Publishing webpages. For the purposes of this offer the Royal Society's journals are divided into 3 groups: Biological sciences, Physical sciences and history of science. For full details and signing-up, please see the applications page. Initial applications will close on 25 May 2014, but later applications will go on the waiting list. Wiki at Royal Society John (talk) 02:56, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

Leaflet For Wikiproject Computational Biology At Wikimania 2014[edit]

Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

This is particularly aimed at highlighting less discoverable but successful projects, e.g:

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For more information or to sign up for one for your project, go to:
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Adikhajuria (talk) 16:50, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Redesign of landing page[edit]

Our landing page looked quite bare and boring so I've made some changes:

  • Now has a body / sidebar design, modelled on WP:MCB. I think this looks nicer but also will inevitably sometimes cause spacing issues on smaller screens or low-res displays. It's done with simple Wikimarkup rather than html divs etc. to minimise issues.
  • Includes panels about PLOS topic pages and the ISCB competition, while these are a little unusual for a WikiProject and mostly down to a few individuals rather than specifically the WikiProject, I still think it's a good idea to showcase them. Remove if you disagree.
  • Some reordering/tweaking of stuff, participants now scroll within a div rather than take up lots of space.

I've also made some changes to the text which would benefit from further editing. I think it looks a bit nicer and has some more useful info now, if you disagree by all means revert and/or discuss! benmoore 00:52, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

ISMB article GA nomination[edit]

I've nominated the ISMB article for Good article status - hopefully it shouldn't take too much further editing to upgrade it from B-class. I'd suggest the other B-class ISMB Wikipedia Competition award winning articles could also be good candidates for nominating:


which was nominated in 2011, but eventually not given GA status. --Amkilpatrick (talk) 13:04, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Pinging @Estevezj: are you interested in nominating Genomics? If so I'd be up for reviewing and it looks great from a distance. Else if you don't have the time I could tweak and nominate — would be a nice article for the WikiProject to get to GA! benmoore 14:28, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
I think that's a good idea. As an editor, I've been much less active this year, so it'd be nice to do some work. The assembly section is a bit thinner than I'd like before submitting the nomination. I'll take a look at it this weekend and ping you once I've nominated the article. — James Estevez (talk) 22:18, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Cool sounds good to me, no pressure of course. Cheers, benmoore 10:28, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Thoughts on Template:Bioinformatics?[edit]

I've just come across Template:Bioinformatics, which seems pretty sparse and only used in ~25 articles - not sure how useful this is, though. Is it worth thinking about a Bioinformatics/Compbio template that could be used more widely amongst relevant articles? Or having several, e.g. Bioinformatics institutions, Bioinformatics people, etc? --Amkilpatrick (talk) 12:24, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Stub contest next month[edit]

May be of interest: Next month there's a stub contest awarding prizes for editors who expand the most stubs, also considers the oldest stubs, most visible, funniest etc. This WikiProject currently has 128 articles tagged with the stub template, as well as 448 currently assessed as such (though some ratings are likely inaccurate) — would be great to chisel away at some of these! Amazon voucher prizes are up for grabs too. benmoore 15:18, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Sounds good - I would guess the number of WP:CompBio stubs is closer to 448 than 128 so it would be good to make some impact on that (unfortunately it seems like the stub template is not linked with the assessments). Just a couple of thoughts: Are there any tools for listing articles within a wikiproject/category by age/length? A quick google didn't bring up anything obvious. Also, I wonder if the contest could be linked with the ISCB competition in some way? Amkilpatrick (talk) 08:20, 16 August 2014 (UTC)
You can probably do the search with CatScan. Maybe a plan B for if other language / multimedia competitions don't work out would be something like this, i.e. points-based and awarding for quantity rather than quality of a specific article. benmoore 11:58, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Claiming new articles for ISCB competition 2014[edit]

Hi there, I would like to participate in the ISCB competition 2014. It is stated in the competition page that "If you plan to start a new article, please contact WikiProject Computational Biology to make sure the article would be considered within the scope of the project". In this regard, may I start the article "Gene co-expression networks"?

Smh.oloomi (talk) 13:00, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

(Pinging judges @Alexbateman, Daniel Mietchen should they wish to comment.) I can confirm that an article on gene co-expression networks would fall within the scope of WikiProject Computational Biology and as such is acceptable as a competition entry. benmoore 11:49, 18 August 2014 (UTC)