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Making your database available through wikipedia the pros and cons
Abstract Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, is theWikipedia, the online encyclopedia, is the most famous wiki in use today. It contains over 3.7 million pages of content; with many pages written on scientific subject matters that include peer-reviewed citations, yet are written in an accessible manner and generally reflect the consensus opinion of the community. In this, the 19th Annual Database Issue of Nucleic Acids Research, there are 11 articles that describe the use of a wiki in relation to a biological database. In this commentary, we discuss how biological databases can be integrated with Wikipedia, thereby utilising the pre-existing infrastructure, tools and above all, large community of authors (or Wikipedians). The limitations to the content that can be included in Wikipedia are highlighted, with examples drawn from articles found in this issue and other wiki-based resources, indicating why other wiki solutions are necessary. We discuss the merits of using open wikis, like Wikipedia, versus other models, with particular reference to potential vandalism. Finally, we raise the question about the future role of dedicated database biocurators in context of the thousands of crowdsourced, community annotations that are now being stored in wikis.ations that are now being stored in wikis.
Abstractsub Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, is theWikipedia, the online encyclopedia, is the most famous wiki in use today. It contains over 3.7 million pages of content; with many pages written on scientific subject matters that include peer-reviewed citations, yet are written in an accessible manner and generally reflect the consensus opinion of the community. In this, the 19th Annual Database Issue of Nucleic Acids Research, there are 11 articles that describe the use of a wiki in relation to a biological database. In this commentary, we discuss how biological databases can be integrated with Wikipedia, thereby utilising the pre-existing infrastructure, tools and above all, large community of authors (or Wikipedians). The limitations to the content that can be included in Wikipedia are highlighted, with examples drawn from articles found in this issue and other wiki-based resources, indicating why other wiki solutions are necessary. We discuss the merits of using open wikis, like Wikipedia, versus other models, with particular reference to potential vandalism. Finally, we raise the question about the future role of dedicated database biocurators in context of the thousands of crowdsourced, community annotations that are now being stored in wikis.ations that are now being stored in wikis.
Bibtextype article  +
Citeulike 10105373  +
Doi 10.1093/nar/gkr1195  +
Has author Robert D. Finn + , Paul P. Gardner + , Alex Bateman +
Has extra keyword 959 Nematode genomes + , Access to information + , Article + , Computer language + , Computer program + , Content analysis + , EcoliWiki + , Factual database + , GeneWiki + , GONUTS + , Information service + , Information storage + , Metadatabase + , Molecular biology + , MySQL database + , Nucleic acid database + , Online system + , PDBwiki + , Pfam + , Priority journal + , List of publications + , Scientific literature + , SEQwiki + , SNPedia + , SubtiWiki + , System analysis + , UniProtKB + , Web browser + , WikiPathways + , Wikipedia + , XanthusBase + , Databases + , Factual + , Encyclopedias as Topic + , Internet + , Systems Integration +
Issn 3051048  +
Issue D1  +
Language English +
Number of citations by publication 1  +
Number of references by publication 0  +
Pages D9-D12  +
Published in Nucleic Acids Research +
Pubmed 22144683  +
Title Making your database available through Wikipedia: the pros and cons +
Type journal article  +
Volume 40  +
Year 2012 +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 29 January 2012 15:19:34  +
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Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 December 2014 21:23:49  +
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