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The protocol page is intended to organize the protocol information contributed by different labs and individuals. As an example of what a community protocol might look like, see DNA Ligation.

Active Discussions

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Consensus Protocols

  • Rene Kessler 6 April 2010 (EDT): All consensus protocols should be organized in a single location. What other consensus protocols exist besides DNA ligation?

New Category

  • Cameron Neylon 07:19, 29 April 2008 (EDT): Added new category of chromatography and appropriate category page. Will probably run around a few of the protocols and add the new category as appropriate

Dynamically generated protocols pages

  • BC 18:49, 11 May 2007 (EDT): I like the idea of dynamically generating the protocols page. However, there are still some minor drawbacks. For one, each page is now labeled with its page name rather than a piped version of it. As a result the list of protocols looks a little uglier than it once did. Second, instead of there being one link for, say, Colony PCR, there are now multiple links to lab specific colony PCR protocols. Since the list is alphabetical, the colony PCR protocols aren't in consecutive order making it difficult to browse. Another point to consider is that if this is the route we want to take, we might need multiple levels of categorization. For example, currently there is an listing for Colony PCR, Knight:Colony PCR and Endy:Colony PCR. It seems like they need different categories since they are at different levels in the hierarchy, i.e. general protocol page versus lab specific protocol. In general though, I'm all in favor of dynamic generation of this page.
    • We could probably filter out all protocols with a ":" in the title thereby omitting all lab specific protocols if we choose.
      • BC 10:13, 13 May 2007 (EDT):Yeah, that should be easy given that you can filter by namespace with the dpl extension. If we did that though, we would also get rid of all the protocols for which a lab specific protocol is the only one we have and I think we should try and keep those. We could solve that problem by making a general protocol page for every protocol for which a lab specific protocol exists (i.e. a [[Bar protocol]] for every [[Foo:Bar protocol]]). For now, [[Bar protocol]] could just be a template of how community protocol pages should look and include a link to [[Foo:Bar protocol]]. Hopefully, all those general pages would be used in the long run anyway.
      • Torsten Waldminghaus 05:04, 28 February 2008 (EST): Would it be possible to include the lab specific protocols in the alphabetic list of the others by changing the titel from labX: My protocol to My protocol (labX) or something similar? Is that a technical problem? I would think it's good to have all the protocols including the lab specific ones in one list and I agree that it is confusing to not find the Colony PCR protocols at one spot in the list.
  • Reshma 17:22, 2 May 2007 (EDT): The steering committee is discussing moving to a dynamically generated protocols page. See Escherichia coli for an example. Thus rather than explicitly adding protocols to this page, people would simply tag their own protocols with the relevant categories. Please comment on this proposal here.
  • Austin Che 18:37, 8 May 2007 (EDT): For inspiration, see Protocols/Dynamic (probably requires some more work and formatting), but it won't get any more dynamically generated than something like this.

Archived Discussions

  • Protocols/Template - a template for posting a protocol on OpenWetWare
  • Example protocol - what is the best example of a protocol that we can point users to? What could make it better?
  • Tags - can we effectively use tags to organize protocols?
  • Appearance - suggestions for improvements to the appearance of the page.
  • In Silico - should we include in silico protocols?


  • RS 18:46, 3 May 2006 (EDT): I've added additional links under general resources. However, I am not sure if these resources are generally available or if MIT happens to have an institutional subscription. Remove links that require subscriptions ... they can be listed under Web resources or elsewhere. (Will try and check on this later.).

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