Wikipedia:WikiProject Computational Biology/ISCB competition announcement 2017
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) announces its 6th annual 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 and Wikidata plays an increasingly growing role in that. The ISCB aims to further its mission by increasing the quality of Wikipedia and Wikidata coverage of Computational biology, and by improving accessibility to this information via Wikipedia and its sister sites. The competition is open to students and trainees at any level either as individuals or as groups.
|Event||Date (in UTC)|
|Competition entries open||21 July 2017|
|Editing begins||21 July 2017|
|Competition ends||31 December 2017|
|ISCB Council shortlisting||February 2018|
|Judging panel decision||March 2018|
|Announcement of winners||July 2018 (at ISMB 2018)|
As in previous years, there are two different competitions that you can enter. These are for (1) Wikipedia articles in any language, (2) Wikidata contributions.
The prizes for the best Wikipedia articles in any language 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.
The prizes for the best Wikidata contributions provided by the ISCB will be:
- 1st prize - $300 (USD) and 1 year membership to the ISCB.
- 2nd prize - $150 (USD) and 1 year membership to the ISCB.
How to Enter
Deadline: 31st December 2017
The competition will officially start on the 21st July 2017 and finish five months later on the 31st December 2017. For each entry that is claimed in the competition, the difference in quality between these two dates will be reviewed. Contributions made before the 21st July or after the 31st December 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 2017). If a group of authors intend to contribute to the same article, all Wikipedia user names should be listed.
Contributions should be made in the area of computational biology.
If you plan to edit an existing article (recommended): WikiProject Computational Biology has selected nearly 1,400 English language articles that it considers within the scope of Computational Biology; we strongly suggest that you choose an article from this collection for your entry. A list of 'start-class' quality articles with high importance is available: any of the articles in this list would be an excellent starting point for a competition entry. Alternatively, a list of the most popular Computational Biology articles is available: these are generally more complete but any improvements to these articles would be more visible. A list of previous winning articles is provided at the end of the page. Below, we list a few articles that are considered to be of particularly good quality and would be good examples to follow:
If you plan to start a new article: please contact WikiProject Computational Biology by adding a new section to the WikiProject talk page (recommended) or emailing Alastair Kilpatrick to make sure the article would be considered within the scope of the project.
Non-English language articles are also welcome. These articles may be original articles, or they can also be translations of Wikipedia articles between languages. Please note on the entry page if the article is a translation.
The competition also includes a Wikidata component. As with the Wikipedia competition, the goal of the Wikidata one is to improve content related to Computational biology.
To enter, you should select the entries you intend to work on and record that along with your Wikidata user name at the Competition Entries web page (Wikipedia:WikiProject Computational Biology/ISCB competition entries 2017). If a group of authors intend to contribute to the same entry, all Wikidata user names should be listed.
Eligible entries for the competition are
- individual Wikidata items (cf. Wikidata:Showcase items)
- groups of Wikidata items that can be defined by a query to Wikidata Query or the Wikidata query service
- individual Wikidata properties
- groups of Wikidata properties
Relatedness to Computational biology will be assumed as demonstrated
- for Wikidata items
- if they link to a page on the English Wikipedia that is within the scope of WikiProject Computational Biology, as explained above. That includes not just article pages but also category pages, template pages or other pages, as long as the corresponding Wikidata items meet Wikidata's notability criteria.
- if they link to a subclass or instance of an item meeting the criterion 1
- if they serve as references for items meeting criterion 1 or 2
- for Wikidata properties
Assessing contributions in this space is more difficult than for single Wikipedia articles, so we require that any changes made should be documented in detail in order to count for the competition — the Judging panel will not take into account contributions it could not verify. Some good Wikidata items are those for protein (Q8054) or Cactaceae (Q14560), whereas well-used properties include Ensembl Gene ID (P594) and Entrez Gene identifier (P351).
To make the best possible contribution to Wikipedia and Wikidata, it is important to understand what content is desirable there and how best to go about editing it.
For Wikipedia, we strongly recommend that entrants read the PLoS Computational Biology article describing 10 Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia. In addition, entrants who are not familiar with Wikipedia editing should take an online training course.
Steering committee co-chairs:
- Alastair Kilpatrick, Bioinformatician at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine
- Lonnie Welch, Stuckey Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio University
Judging committee co-chairs:
- Alastair Kilpatrick
- Ann Meyer, Manager of Knowledge and Research Exchange at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
- Dan DeBlasio, Lane Fellow at Computational Biology Department of Carnegie Mellon University
- Tomás Di Domenico, Bioinformatician at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre
- Milana Frenkel-Morgenstern
- Farzana Rahman, PhD Researcher at Genomics and Computational Biology Research Group of University of South Wales
- Marc Robinson-Rechavi, Associate Professor of Bioinformatics at University of Lausanne, also at Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
- Sayane Shome,Graduate student at Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program,Iowa State University
- Somnath Tagore, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bar-Ilan University
- Nicole Wheeler, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Wellcome Sanger Institute
- Yadi Zhou, PhD candidate in biochemistry at Ohio University
- Ann Meyer
- Dennis Wang, Lecturer in Bioinformatics and Genomic Medicine at the University of Sheffield
Rules and Regulations [See footnote]
The competition is open to trainees and students at any level. Only entries listed on the Competition Entries page will be considered. An entrant or group can participate in both competitions, but at most, two entries in total can be “claimed” per entrant or group. Once an entry is “claimed”, it is considered as out of bounds for other entrants in the context of the competition. However, "claiming" a Wikipedia or Wikidata entry does not provide an entrant with any ownership rights over it; all Wikipedia and Wikidata norms on collaborative editing must be respected. Claiming a Wikipedia article in one language does not stop other entrants claiming the corresponding ones in another language or the associated Wikidata item.
Any entrant may claim an article or Wikidata entry 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 article entries:
- Clarity of writing
- Depth of knowledge of the subject area
- Quality of figures and photos used to illustrate the article
The following criteria will be used to judge Wikidata entries
- The quality of the statements made
- The quality of the sources supporting the statements
- The impact of the contribution for Computational biology
For educators and course coordinators
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:
- ^ All content added to articles during this competition must adhere to the basic policies and guidelines of Wikipedia. This includes:
- No plagiarism. Material must not be copy and pasted from other sources (including textbooks, journals or websites), but instead should be reformulated in your own words and be appropriately cited.
- No copyright infringement. Images, figures, graphs or text may not be used if under copyright with a non-free licence. Only files available through Wikimedia Commons will be considered.
- The judges will be assessing this, and any article found to have plagiarized text or to contain non-free material under copyright will be disqualified. Please note that it is permissible to translate a Wikipedia article from one language to another but this has to be indicated.