I was having a discussion on twitter about two things related to BioStar. Posting it here to get thoughts of Istavan and others.
1. Integrating BioStars with ISMB-Bioinformatics Wikipedia intiative
I was chatting with Alex Bateman (Pfam / Sanger) on twitter about integrating efforts by ISMB to improve bioinformatics content on Wikipedia by leveraging expertise from BioStar community. My idea was to cross-link the Wikipedia content via BioStar in the context of a question related to a topic (for example: "transcription factor binding site prediction". Prompting those answer the question to provide edits/improve wikipedia article could help both resouces. We can also provides incentives using badges / points to the Biostar users.
Link to discussion: https://twitter.com/kshameer/status/535793066217840640
2. Official affiliation of Biostars with ISMB and AMIA
Following the above discussion, I thought Biostars should be the official Q&A site for both AMIA and ISMB. Officially integrating Biostars with these great organization could bring in a wide-array of questions, users and content. Biostars with its strong userbase and curated answers could also reach to a wider and newer audience. Other BioStars including Neil, Larry and Chris also supports this as a good direction to proceed.
Link to discussion: https://twitter.com/kshameer/status/535909239659966465
Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?
Khader Shameer, Ph.D
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