Wikipedia:WikiProject Molecular Biology/Computational Biology/ISCB competition announcement 2013

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ISCB Wikipedia Competition[edit]

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) announces an international competition to improve the coverage on Wikipedia of any aspect of computational biology. A key component of the ISCB's mission to further the scientific understanding of living systems through computation is to communicate this knowledge to the public at large. Wikipedia has become an important way to communicate all types of science to the public. The ISCB aims to further its mission by increasing the quality of Wikipedia articles about computational biology, and by improving accessibility to this information via Wikipedia. The competition is open to students and trainees at any level either as individuals or as groups.

The prizes for the best article provided by the ISCB will be:

  • 1st prize - $500 (USD) and 1 year membership to the ISCB.
  • 2nd prize - $250 (USD) and 1 year membership to the ISCB.
  • 3rd prize - $150 (USD) and 1 year membership to the ISCB.

How to Enter[edit]

Event Date
Article claim opens 9 August 2013
Editing begins 9 September 2013
Competition ends 10 January 2014
ISCB Council shortlisting February 2014
Judging panel decision March 2014

Deadline: 10th January 2014

The competition will officially start on the 9th September 2013 and finish four months later on the 10th January 2014. For each article that is entered in the competition, the difference in article quality between these two dates will be reviewed. Contributions made before the 9th September or after the 10th January will not be counted. To enter, you should select the article or articles you intend to work on and record that along with your Wikipedia user name at the Competition Entries web page (Wikipedia:WikiProject Computational Biology/ISCB competition entries_2013). If a group of authors intend to contribute to the same article, all Wikipedia user names should be listed. Articles should be chosen in the area of computational biology. The Computational Biology WikiProject have selected over 1,100 articles that it considers within the scope of Computational Biology. Any article in this collection would be an excellent starting point for an entry. Here is a list of articles within scope of Computational Biology ordered by quality: Category:Computational Biology articles by quality. and here are list of a few articles that are considered of good quality and would be good examples to follow:

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.


To make the best possible contribution to Wikipedia it is important to understand what content should be added to Wikipedia and how best to go about adding content. We strongly recommend that entrants read the PLoS Computational Biology article describing 10 Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia.[1] In addition, entrants who are not familiar with Wikipedia editing should take an online training course.[2]

Rules and Regulations [See footnote][edit]

Only articles listed on the Competition Entries page will be considered. At most two articles can be “claimed” per entrant or group. Once an article is “claimed” it is considered as out of bounds for other entrants in the context of the competition. However "claiming" an article does not provide an entrant with any ownership rights over it; all Wikipedia norms on collaborative editing must be respected. Eligible articles are limited to the regular English Wikipedia. All articles will be reviewed by students nominated by the ISCB Student Council. A shortlist of the best 6 articles will then be examined by the Judging panel. Any entrant may claim an article and edit pseudonymously, but if shortlisted he or she must identify themselves to one of the judging panel, with proof of student/trainee status, to be eligible for a prize. In the case of a group entry, the group will need to decide and implement how the prize will be distributed among the members. Please note that multiple people editing from one Wikipedia account is not permitted, therefore each member of a group must edit from their own account.

The following criteria will be used for judging the entries:

  • Clarity of writing
  • Depth of knowledge of the subject area
  • Quality of figures and photos used to illustrate the article

The judging panel will be composed of:

The competition is open to trainees and students at any level.

For educators and course coordinators[edit]

This competition provides an excellent training opportunity and we encourage its use as a class assignment. Course organisers should consider adding any such classroom uses in the Wikipedia Schools and University programme:


  1. ^ Logan DW, Sandal M, Gardner PP, Manske M, Bateman A (2010). "Ten simple rules for editing Wikipedia". PLoS Comput. Biol. 6 (9). doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1000941. PMC 2947980. PMID 20941386.
  2. ^ User:Rockpocket/Training


^ All content added to articles during this competition must adhere to the basic policies and guidelines of Wikipedia. This includes:
The judges will be assessing this and any article found to have plagiarized text or contain non-free material under copyright will be disqualified.