Announcement: a Competition to Improve Wikipedia Entries in Computational Biology

Improve wikipedia entries in computational biology, and you too can win cash prizes, a free membership to International Society of Computational Biology, or a dinner date with an ISCB officer  of your choice!

OK, maybe not the last one, but definitely the first two.

The ISCB is announcing a competition to improve Wikipedia entries that have to do with computational biology. This is a project for students and trainees only, so all you professors can go back to writing grants & papers. From the competition announcement page:

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 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 of $200 and a year’s membership to the ISCB.


So read the rules carefully, and then go ahead and go an contribute to Wikipedia. Instructors: see how to engage your class through the Wikipedia education program.

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