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Discussion and planning of a representative poster for publicizing OpenWetWare (OWW) at meetings or retreats. Initially, the page just serves to plan a poster for one particular event. Hopefully this poster design could be used again or customized to fit a particular group, lab or institution.

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MIT Biological Engineering Retreat, March 2006

Contact Person: Sean

Poster Title and Logistics

Abstract

OpenWetWare (openwetware.org) is a wiki-based web site designed to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and ideas among researchers and groups working in biology, biological engineering, and related disciplines. The site provides a place for labs, groups, and individuals to organize information and to easily and efficiently collaborate with other community members. Powered by the same software as Wikipedia, OpenWetWare provides a user-friendly interface for real-time creation and modification of pages. Changes for each page are recorded in its history, allowing modifications to be tracked and easy reversion to earlier page versions.

OpenWetWare currently hosts web sites for labs and groups from institutions across the world. All members of a group can contribute to wiki pages, making it a convenient way to plan meetings, organize lab duties, discuss group-related issues, and maintain a common source of information. Shared pages provide a space for members to dynamically contribute information that benefits the community as a whole. These types of pages include scientific protocols, information on materials, discussion groups, collaborative projects, and tutorials.

OpenWetWare is rapidly expanding, and collaborations on the site are helping to generate a rich information portal for the scientific community at large. If you would like access to edit existing pages, to help with the creation of new community pages, or to host your lab or group website on OpenWetWare, please contact us (http://openwetware.org/wiki/Special:Contact).

OpenWetWare (http://openwetware.org) is an effort to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and ideas among researchers and groups who are working in biology, biological engineering, and related disciplines. The site provides a place for labs, groups, and individuals to organize information and to easily and efficiently collaborate with other community members. OpenWetWare currently hosts websites for labs and groups from institutions across the world, including http://syntheticbiology.org. The site is powered by MediaWiki (http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki), the free software package that also powers Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia), providing a user-friendly editing interface. We hope that OpenWetWare will lead to greater collaboration among members and provide a rich information portal for the scientific community at large. New members are joining daily, and we are actively trying to expand the community. If you would like access to edit existing pages, to help with the creation of new community pages, or to host your lab or group website on OpenWetWare, please contact us (http://openwetware.org/wiki/Special:Contact). Please visit openwetware.org to start enjoying the read-only benefits of our community, and learn more about how these benefits will expand when you join OpenWetWare (http://openwetware.org/wiki/OpenWetWare:Why_join%3F).

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Poster ideas

Jenny's template for a poster:

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Comments

  • JK: I like this alot. One way to run the poster would be to have something eye-catching like this up and then have a laptop hooked up to the web in front. So sean (or whoever is there at the time) could take people through the actual site as they explain it. Could also sign people up on the spot :)
  • Kathleen: This is cute. I would potentially focus more on community pages and less on individual lab pages, though. Offer it up as an easy place to host your lab website, but emphasize the merits of the larger community (it takes a village to raise a grad student?).
  • yeah, i agree, you could replace the Endy lab page with the protocols page.

  • Jennyn 20:52, 9 February 2006 (EST): Here is version 2. Let me know what you think. This is the 800px version --good for screen quality. I also have one that is 1400x1290px for print.
  • JK: OK, yeah, the new version is totally awesome.
  • BC 21:34, 9 February 2006 (EST): Very cool.
  • Looks great but can we add acknowledgements to our funding sources
    • Microsoft iCampus Project (what's the official name?)
    • CSBi's BioMicroCenter (what's the official name?)
    • In keeping with the graphical nature of the poster we could just put up their logos? iCampus and CSBi, Biomicro may have their own logo but the homepage is down right now.

Synthetic Biology 2.0

I think we should also submit a poster to SB2.0.

Poster Title and Logistics

OpenWetWare (http://openwetware.org) is an effort to promote the sharing of information, know-how, and ideas among researchers and groups who are working in biology, biological engineering, and related disciplines. By providing a user-friendly editing interface (a wiki), the site provides a place for researchers to organize information and to collaborate with other community members. OpenWetWare currently hosts labs and groups from across the world including http://syntheticbiology.org.

OpenWetWare is particularly useful to the synthetic biology community because it hosts several ongoing discussions about the field. Key issues under debate are standards of operation and characterization for synthetic biological systems, abstraction hierarchies for biological system design, the societal implications of synthetic biology and more. Furthermore, it hosts the interactive websites of several undergraduate classes related to synthetic bioloby at both MIT and Berkeley.

New members are joining daily and we are actively trying to expand the community. If you would like to contribute to these discussions about the field or foster new ones, please apply for an account (http://openwetware.org/wiki/OpenWetWare:How_to_join). Ultimately, we hope that OpenWetWare will lead to greater collaboration among members and provide an accurate and useful information portal for the scientific community at large.

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