ISCB Wikipedia Competition


ISCB Wikipedia Competition

8 Aug 2013 - 15:00

The International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB) announces an international competition to improve the coverage on Wikipedia of any aspect of computational biology.

A key component of the ISCB's mission to further the scientific understanding of living systems through computation is to communicate this knowledge to the public at large. Wikipedia has become an important way to communicate all types of science to the public. The ISCB aims to further its mission by increasing the quality of Wikipedia articles about computational biology, and by improving accessibility to this information via Wikipedia. The competition is open to students and trainees at any level either as individuals or as groups.

The prizes for the best article privded by the ISCB will be:

  • 1st prize - $500 (USD) and 1 years membership to the ISCB
  • 2nd prize - $250 (USD) and 1 years membership to the ISCB
  • 3rd prize - $150 (USD) and 1 years membership to the ISCB

How it works

The competition will officially start on 9 September 2013 and finish four months later on 10 January 2014. Contributions made before the 9 September or after the 10 January will not be counted.

For each article that is entered in the competition, the difference in article quality between these two dates will be reviewed.

To enter, you should select the article or articles you intend to work on and record that along with your Wikipedia user name at the Competition Entries web page (Wikipedia:WikiProject Computational Biology/ISCB competition entries_2013). If a group of authors intends to contribute to the same article, all Wikipedia user names should be listed.

Articles should be chosen in the area of computational biology. The Computational Biology WikiProject has selected over 1100 articles that it considers within the scope of Computational Biology. Any article in this collection would be an excellent starting point for an entry.

If you plan to start a new article, please contact WikiProject Computational Biology to make sure the article would be considered within the scope of the project.

Examples of good articles

Here is a list of articles within scope of Computational Biology ordered by quality:

Here are a few articles that are considered to be good quality and would be good examples to follow:


To make the best possible contribution to Wikipedia it is important to understand what content should be added to Wikipedia and how best to go about adding content. We strongly recommend that entrants read the PLoS Computational Biology article describing 10 Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia

Entrants who are not familiar with Wikipedia editing should take an online training course.

Rules and Regulations

The competition is open to trainees and students at any level.

Only articles listed on the Competition Entries page will be considered. At most two articles can be “claimed” per entrant or group. Once an article is “claimed” it is considered as out of bounds for other entrants in the context of the competition. However "claiming" an article does not provide an entrant with any ownership rights over it; all Wikipedia norms on collaborative editing must be respected. Eligible articles are limited to the regular English Wikipedia.

All articles will be reviewed by students nominated by the ISCB Student Council. A shortlist of the six best articles will be examined by the Judging panel.

Any entrant may claim an article and edit pseudononymously, but if shortlisted he or she must identify themselves to one of the judging panel, with proof of student/trainee status, to be eligible for a prize. In the case of a group entry, the group will need to decide and implement how the prize will be distributed among the members.

Judging criteria

  • Clarity of writing
  • Depth of knowledge of the subject area
  • Quality of figures and photos used to illustrate the article

Judging panel

  • Burkhard Rost
  • Alex Bateman
  • Predrag Radivojac
  • Janet Kelso
  • Tomas Di Domenico
  • Darren Logan
  • Daniel Mietchen

For educators and course coordinators

This competition provides an excellent training opportunity and we encourage its use as a class assignment. Course organisers should consider adding any such classroom uses in the Wikipedia Schools and University programme:

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