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ISCB Wikipedia Competition

Dear ISCB Members and Colleagues,

During the ISMB conference in July we announced that ISCB would be opening 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.

We are now pleased to announce that the competition is officially open as of the 9th of September 2012, coinciding with the start of the ECCB conference, and will finish four months later on the 10th of January 2013.

The prize for the best article will be an award of $500 (US) provided by the ISCB and a year's membership to the ISCB. A second prize will be $200 and a year's membership to the ISCB.

For full details visit the WikiProject Computational Biology/ISCB Competition Announcement. There you will find information on how to enter the competition, how to create and edit Wikipedia articles if not already trained in doing so, the rules and regulations of the competition, and a special note for educators and course coordinators.

Please help spread the word - the more participants the higher the quality will be of Wikipedia articles about computational biology for all. Feel free to forward this mail, or share the URL of the competition announcement (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Computational_Biology/ISCB_competition_announcement).


The ISCB Wikipedia Competition Judging Panel

Burkhard Rost
Alex Bateman
Predrag Radivojac
Janet Kelso
Thomas Abeel
Geoff Macintyre
Darren Logan
Daniel Mietchener Center
Ohio University (Russ College; Vice President Research; College of Arts and Science)
Ohio University Edison Biotechnology Institute
Procter & Gamble
The Ohio State University
University of Akron
University of Cincinnati Children's Hospital
University of Michigan - DCM&B and OVPR
University of Michigan - Biomedical Research Core Facilities
University of Michigan - Metabolomics Core
University of Pittsburgh
Wittenberg University
Wright State University