Grants talk:TPS/Ben Moore/22nd Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology

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Latest comment: 10 years ago by Wolliff in topic Request funded

Question about your role in the workshop[edit]

Dear Ben:

Thank you for this request, and for your work on this tutorial. We really like that you provided a link to the tutorial's outline and a detailed explanation of your experience and goals. Since you and Daniel are leading the workshop together, would you be able to provide us with a little more information about each of your roles in the workshop, and how you two might complement one another when leading it together? That way we can better understand the benefits of sending you both to lead the same workshop.

Thank you, Winifred Olliff (Grants Administrator) talk 17:04, 16 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

Hi Winifred, I'll try to explain some of the structure Daniel and I have talked about so far and hopefully show why it's valuable to have both of us teaching this course:
  • My main experience on-wiki is with editing computational biology related articles on English Wikipedia, whereas Daniel's is increasingly with Wikidata and Commons, so from the off we're coming at this from slightly different angles (overlapping but not totally redundant).
  • In addition to generally splitting the workload between us, there are also a couple of areas I can bring specific experience:
    • Towards the end of the introductory session I plan to talk about authoring reviewed content on en.wiki, with a focus on DYKs and GAs (and FAs to a lesser extent). I'd expect this aspect of Wikipedia to appeal to an academic audience who are used to writing well-sourced and high-quality review articles in their fields. I've written a couple of GAs this year as well as having done some reviewing and DYK submissions in the past so feel I can give a good introduction to this area.
    • When talking about the ISCB article competition, while Daniel is a judge and organiser of the competition I can speak about my experience as a successful entrant and hopefully motivate any graduate students that attend to take part next year.
Also I'm not sure as to what degree you can take this into account but there's potential for future return-on-investment as after having run a successful tutorial with Alex and Daniel at this high-profile conference, I'll have some great experience to help towards running future outreach events more locally. Ben Moore (talk) 11:41, 17 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

Supporting statement[edit]

I would like to add a note here supporting this request. Ben has been a long term Wikipedia editor who has made important contributions to computational biology and molecular biology articles. I am delighted that Ben agreed to teach at the ISMB Wikipedia Tutorial. The tutorial will help to bring more expert editors to Wikipedia and provide them with the training and confidence they need to make a difference. I am seeing a growing momentum in the field where editing Wikipedia has become an increasingly accepted form of community service. Ben has helped WikiProject Computational Biology to increase its number of Good Articles over the years and that experience makes him an ideal person to teach. I also hope that this experience will further encourage Ben to carry out more outreach activities for the Wikimedia Foundation. Alexbateman (talk) 13:35, 17 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

Question about your request on Daniel's page[edit]

Thank you for your detailed answers. We do appreciate them, and it seems like having two people working on this does make sense.

We left a question on Daniel's page this time. You're also free to answer: Grants_talk:TPS/Daniel_Mietchen/22nd_Annual_International_Conference_on_Intelligent_Systems_for_Molecular_Biology.

Cheers, Winifred Olliff (Grants Administrator) talk 17:43, 19 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

Request funded[edit]

Dear Daniel and Ben:

Thanks to you both for answering our questions so quickly. The Participation Support Committee is glad to have the opportunity to fund your tutorial. We appreciate the details you have offered about this workshop and your past experience that applies to this workshop, as well as your contribution records. We also think this workshop will be well-structured with the two of you leading it. We are looking forward to hearing about the results.

Ben, we also see that you've requested advance disbursement so we will make arrangements with you to send the funds in advance or too help you out with travel booking directly.

Thanks again for your engagement in the review process and we look forward to working with you over the course of your grant.

Best regards, Winifred Olliff (Grants Administrator) talk 20:43, 23 December 2013 (UTC)Reply