OpenWetWare:Presentations/iGEM 2006 Teach the teachers workshop
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Randy Rettberg asked if we would be interested in giving a short presentation on OWW at the iGEM Teach the Teacher's workshop on May 6 at MIT. Essentially it would involve introducing OWW and describing how it is a useful resource to iGEM folks.
See the iGEM wiki for information on what iGEM is and the workshop.
Introduction to OpenWetWare
What is a OWW, why is it useful?
- Started by students in the Endy and Knight labs as a means of recording and sharing useful biological information.
- Addresses the problem of the lack of a searchable, accessible knowledgebase for experimental methods, as well as provides a new venue to communicate and collaborate with others about research ideas and projects.
- Now consists of ~55 labs from 30 institutions.
- ~7000 total pages, more than 100 protocols, 75 materials pages, and 50 equipment pages.
How is OpenWetWare useful for iGEM teams?
- Q&A / Experimental troubleshooting
- Strong synthetic biology presence on the site (it is the home of syntheticbiology.org).
- Custom extensions
- Automatic Pubmed citations via Biblio.
- Recent changes filtering. See iGEM on OWW recent changes.
- Easy adding of plots and chemistry diagrams (in progess)
- By forging links between iGEM and OpenWetWare, we hope to
- integrate iGEM participants more tightly with the research community
- create ongoing resources stemming from iGEM for the synthetic biology research community
How is OpenWetWare useful for labs?
- Enables the lab web page to remain very up-to-date and dynamic, as well as allows lab members to engage a larger community of potential collaborators than are normally available.
things that you do already offline but might be more effective on the wiki
- meeting organization (lab meetings (1,2), retreat planning (1,2), etc)
- lab jobs (1, 2, 3)
- equipment pages
- control experiments, etc.
things you may not do currently, but which are easy on a wiki
- long term storage of lab information (protocols, primers, restriction enzymes)
- Helps with the rapid turnover of personel in labs, collaborative protocol editing tunes protocols used by several lab members, searchable, information.
- up-to-date, high content level lab webpage
- remove the webmaster "bottleneck" - democratized contribution
unique opportunities on OpenWetWare
- publicize your work, prior to publication
- OWW will probably be the top google hit for your name
- find out what people are doing right now across the world or just downstairs
- shared spaces
- Shared protocols, materials, equipment, etc.
- protocol example
How to get started on OWW
- Getting started: a quick guide to using OpenWetWare.