ScienceOnline09 - tapping into the hive-mind


Continuing with the series of posts highlighting sessions in the Program at the upcoming ScienceOnline09, here are some sessions that deal with collaboration and networking between scientists and between their data.

Community intelligence applied to gene annotation:

This session is moderated by Andrew Su and John Hogenesch:

Despite identification of the ~25,000 genes which comprise the "parts list" of the human genome, researchers continue to largely study previously-studied genes, leaving half of the genes in the human genome virtually unannotated. Moreover, there is growing recognition that under-resourced curators at official annotation centers will be overwhelmed with the pace of scientific discovery. This session will explore the application of community intelligence principles ("crowdsourcing") to the goal of genome-wide gene annotation. As a starting point for the discussion, we will overview several recent efforts in this area, including the Gene Wiki, WikiProteins, WikiPathways, and WikiGenes. We will also overview BioGPS, an extensible and customizable gene portal that allows the entire scientific community to collaboratively build a gene annotation portal. Issues to be discussed include data reliability, credit and incentives, and community-building.

Gene Wiki (website - paper)
WikiProteins (website - paper)
WikiPathways (website - paper)
WikiGenes (website - paper)
BioGPS (website)

Semantic web in science: how to build it, how to use it:

This session is moderated by John Wilbanks:

Connections, connections, connections (as Miss Frizzle would say). What is new and what else needs to be done to make data "talk" to each other? What will it all mean?

Open Notebook Science - how to do it right (if you should do it at all):

This session is moderated by Jean-Claude Bradley and Cameron Neylon:

Some scientists are now putting their entire, detailed lab notebooks online and updating them in real time. How is this done? Why is this done? What are the pros and cons? Is this something you should consider doing?

For a good current discussion see the Wikipedia entry of Open Notebook Science.

Social networking for scientists:

This session is moderated by Cameron Neylon and Deepak Singh:

It seems that everyone is developing 'facebooks' for scientists these days. But they are not catching on. Why? What will make one of them a success one day?


More like this

Jean-Claude Bradley and I first met at the First Science Blogging Conference where he led a session on Open Science. We then met at SciFoo and later joined forces on a panel at the ASIS&T meeting and finally met again at the second Science Blogging Conference back in January where Jean-Claude…
And today, to finish with the introductions to the sessions on the Program, here is what will happen on Sunday, January 17 at 11:30am - 12:35pm: A. Medical journalism - Walter Jessen and Karl Leif Bates Description: It could be argued that healthcare already has a "killer app" - search. According…
Let's highlight some more of the participants of this year's ScienceOnline09 conference: Dixie-Ann Sawin is a Research Fellow in the Neurotoxicology Group at NIEHS. Amy Sayle is the Educator in the Adult Programs at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Scicurious is a…
Let's highlight some more of the participants of this year's ScienceOnline09 conference: Kevin Emamy is coming to do a demo of his CiteULike reference management platform. Kay Endriss teaches statistics in Career Center High School in Winston-Salem (see the Wikipedia page). Martin Fenner is the…