Wikipedia:WikiProject Molecular Biology/Computational Biology/ISMB 2016 Editathon

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ISCB Wikipedia and Wikidata editathon
DateJuly 11, 2016 (2016-07-11)
VenueAmerica's Seminar room, Walt Disney World Dolphin
LocationOrlando, Florida, USA
Organised byISCB
The venue: Walt Disney World Dolphin (in America's Seminar room).

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) is hosting a Wikipedia and Wikidata editathon at ISMB 2016.

ISCB is committed to furthering knowledge of computational biology to all. Wikipedia has been an important avenue for both scientists and the public alike to find out about our science. 2016 is the Wikipedia Year of Science and to celebrate that, we are organizing a free event to learn more about Wikipedia, Wikidata and how you can use Wikipedia in your teaching.



We encourage all attendees to register an account in advance and feel free to contact us!

To join, please add your signature by clicking "[Edit]" above and adding # ~~~~ to the bottom of this list. We also encourage participants to join WikiProject Computational Biology.

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Editathon outline[edit]

The editathon will be an informal evening event.

There will be a short presentation at the start of the event with the basics for editing Wikipedia. This will be followed by an open editing session where participants will be free to ask everything they wanted to know about Wikimedia projects but were always afraid to ask. Later in the evening, we will have a presentation from the Wiki Education Foundation[1] on how to use Wikipedia to enrich students learning experiences. We will also discuss how computational biology classes can get involved in entering the ISCB Wikipedia competition.

Wikipedia and Wikidata editathon in progress at ISMB 2016.

Useful resources[edit]

Five pillars[edit]

The fundamental principles of Wikipedia may be summarized in five "pillars", these are detailed at Wikipedia:Five pillars. Briefly:

  • Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
  • Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view
  • Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute
  • Editors should treat each other with respect and civility
  • Wikipedia has no firm rules

Wiki training[edit]

For Wikipedia, Darren Logan (faculty member at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute) has assembled a short training course for new Wikipedia editors: User:Rockpocket/Training.

There is also a PLOS Computational Biology article describing 10 Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia.[2]

For Wikidata, we recommend reading Wikidata:Introduction and to take the Wikidata:Tours.


We are grateful to the Simons Foundation for sponsoring this event.

See also[edit]

Previous ISCB/Wiki events:


  1. ^ "Wiki Education Foundation". Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  2. ^ 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.