Grants:TPS/Daniel Mietchen/22nd Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology/Report

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22nd Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB)

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The tutorial on WikiProject Computational Biology that I co-organized with Ben Moore (see his report) had only a handful participants besides us, User:Amkilpatrick and User:Alexbateman, which was disappointing, even though the session was interactive and went well otherwise. As I flew in some days earlier, I could attend the Bioinformatics Open Source Conference (BOSC) preceding ISMB as well as the Codefest preceding BOSC. This brought me in contact with people from the Open Bioinformatics Foundation (OBF) - a community I had so far only interacted with online - and a researcher studying hackathons. After our tutorial, I attended a meeting of the Editorial Board of PLOS Computational Biology (PLOS CB), where I am handling the Wikipedia manuscript track, and I met Barend Mons, who is embarking on a project with a strong Wikidata component. Outside these events, I met with open-access scholar Peter Suber to discuss activities of WikiProject Open Access and with P2PU-cofounder Philipp Schmidt (both are based in Boston) to exchange ideas around open education and creative learning.


Option 3: New Creation: What was one useful outcome of the event for the Wikimedia movement?

As mentioned by Ben, the most useful outcome of our attendance is that the tutorial triggered an invitation to involve WikiProject Computational Biology in the curriculum development activities of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), the society that runs the conference, the journal PLOS CB and the annual editing competition, for which the awards have just been stocked up. Our contribution to the Curriculum session is embedded in Ben's report.


  • Flight Berlin ==> Boston ==> Berlin: EUR 992.80
  • Hostel: USD 262.04, i.e. ca. EUR 195.57
  • Total: EUR 1188.37
  • Total requested: EUR 1100 (approved amount)

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