Wikipedia:WikiProject Molecular Biology/Computational Biology/10th ISCB Student Wikipedia competition announcement
The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) and the Computational Biology taskforce of WikiProject Molecular Biology announce the 10th ISCB Student Wikipedia Competition: the competition aims to improve Wikipedia's coverage of any topic relating to ISCB's Bioinformatics Core Competencies (see table to the right).
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 the ISCB aims to further its mission by increasing the quality of Wikipedia coverage of related topics, and by improving accessibility to this information via Wikipedia.
The competition is open to students and postdocs, either as individuals or as groups.
How to Enter
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. If a group of authors intend to contribute to the same article, all Wikipedia user names should be listed.
The competition will open on 1 September 2020 and close on 14 May 2021. For each entry that is claimed in the competition, the difference in quality between these two dates will be reviewed. Contributions made before the opening date or after the closing date will not be counted, although contributions may be made at any point within the competition period.
Entered articles must have a demonstrable link to one (or more) of the ISCB Bioinformatics Core Competencies.
|Article quality ratings|
|All articles within the Computational Biology taskforce of WikiProject Molecular Biology are rated for quality on a scale of FA (best) to Stub (worst). We aim to improve coverage in the area of computational biology as much as possible: let's improve those stubs! For a full explanation of the Wikipedia quality rating scale, see Wikipedia's article quality scale.|
Editing an existing article (recommended)
The Computational Biology taskforce has selected over 1,500 English language articles that it considers within the scope of computational biology and bioinformatics; we strongly suggest that you choose an article from this collection for your entry. Articles are rated for quality by Wikipedia users, based on the following Wikipedia's article quality scale.
A list of 'start-class' quality articles rated as being of high importance for WikiProject Computational Biology 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 towards the higher end of the quality scale; however, 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:
Starting a new article
If you plan to start a new article, please contact the Computational Biology taskforce by adding a new section to the WikiProject Molecular Biology 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 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.
To make the best possible contribution to Wikipedia, it is important to understand what content is desirable there and how best to go about editing it. If you're new to Wikipedia, we recommend taking an online training course: User:Rockpocket/Training and Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Adventure are particularly useful.
- Alastair Kilpatrick, Bioinformatician at the Centre for Regenerative Medicine
- Farzana Rahman, Lecturer in Bioinformatics at Canterbury Christ Church University
- Lonnie Welch, Stuckey Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Ohio University
Rules and Regulations
For educators and course coordinators
This competition provides an excellent training opportunity and we encourage its use as a class assignment. Tips for educators wishing to incorporate the editing of Wikipedia articles into their courses have been published in a recent PLOS Computational Biology Ten Simple Rules article. Course organisers should also consider adding any such classroom uses in the Wikipedia Schools and University programme:
- Welch, Lonnie; Lewitter, Fran; Schwartz, Russell; Brooksbank, Cath; Radivojac, Predrag; Gaeta, Bruno; Schneider, Maria Victoria (6 March 2014). "Bioinformatics Curriculum Guidelines: Toward a Definition of Core Competencies". PLoS Computational Biology. 10 (3): e1003496. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003496.
- Welch, Lonnie; Brooksbank, Cath; Schwartz, Russell; Morgan, Sarah L.; Gaeta, Bruno; Kilpatrick, Alastair M.; Mietchen, Daniel; Moore, Benjamin L.; Mulder, Nicola; Pauley, Mark; Pearson, William; Radivojac, Predrag; Rosenberg, Naomi; Rosenwald, Anne; Rustici, Gabriella; Warnow, Tandy (13 May 2016). "Applying, Evaluating and Refining Bioinformatics Core Competencies (An Update from the Curriculum Task Force of ISCB's Education Committee)". PLOS Computational Biology. 12 (5): e1004943. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004943.
- Mulder, Nicola; Schwartz, Russell; Brazas, Michelle D.; Brooksbank, Cath; Gaeta, Bruno; Morgan, Sarah L.; Pauley, Mark A.; Rosenwald, Anne; Rustici, Gabriella; Sierk, Michael; Warnow, Tandy; Welch, Lonnie (1 February 2018). "The development and application of bioinformatics core competencies to improve bioinformatics training and education". PLOS Computational Biology. 14 (2): e1005772. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005772.
- 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.
- Kilpatrick, Alastair M.; Anjum, Audra; Welch, Lonnie (14 May 2020). "Ten simple rules for designing learning experiences that involve enhancing computational biology Wikipedia articles". PLOS Computational Biology. 16 (5): e1007868. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007868.