OpenWetWare:Meeting notes

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A proposed meeting to discuss future issues that are pending for OpenWetWare. The most pending issue currently is interest from people outside of MIT for joining OpenWetWare. Also, we should discuss moving the server and upkeep to the BioMicro Center.

Time/Date and attendence

If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the list, and possible time constraints. For now, I am proposing Thursday 4pm 8/11/05 --Sri Kosuri 17:12, 8 Aug 2005 (EDT). This can be changed depending upon availability. Drew Endy Sri Kosuri

Major Topics

Scope of OpenWetWare




BioMicro Administration




Meeting Notes


We decided to open the wiki up to other groups local to MIT and that openwetware was not a crappy name.

Before we bring other labs on board we decided that it would be good to have an example of a protocol page (or several pages) as we would like to see them develop. The (somewhat of a) consensus on this was:

  • A general page such as DNA Ligation which gives background information as well as a version of the protocol where each step is explained with the relevant biology. Also, the "biological lore" which is usually not written down in standard protocol books could accumulate on this page. The version of the protocol on this page could be imagined as stepping towards a "standard" protocol or be imagined as a beautiful information resource about the biology behind the steps, depending on your philosophy.
  • Links within that page to individual (or user) protocol pages. This will enable labs/users to be more likely to participate/view the general page and would be a source to glean information to be put into the general page (such as identify points where the protocols differ).

To Do list: (before inviting labs):

  1. Perfect the DNA Ligation protocol (and some others)
  2. Make a good openwetware front page
  3. Add an "ettiquette" type of page
    • Done: Etiquette -- need to work on formatting of this page.

To Do list: (additional ideas): --Reshma 11:29, 27 Jun 2005 (EDT)

  1. Develop a logo to replace the media wiki logo in the top left corner of each page (perhaps just a simple OWW from the logo on the Main Page).
    • Been working on it. I have one that might work perhaps. I'll put up a few options. --Sri Kosuri 11:49, 27 Jun 2005 (EDT)
  2. Add a redirect from the old Endipedia site to the new OpenWetWare site.
  3. Add a google search of OpenWetWare pages only to the Main Page to improve search functionality.
    • This might take some hacking. We also should change the sidebar on the left. --Sri Kosuri 11:49, 27 Jun 2005 (EDT)

Also, we gave some thought to a stable lab protocol resource, potentially independent of the wiki. I think this could potentially be useful but needs to be better specified. For instance, I think that Endy:Protocol could serve a similar purpose and live on the openwetware wiki. We could then create a locked version of these once a year (or whenever) to be sued locally by people who wanted a stable resource.

I will also be adding the BEiNG (biological energy interest group) front page in next couple days, and give them user access on Monday of next week. I don't think they will be creating many protocols at least to start; they'll probably just be adding content to their space. --Jasonk 20:11, 22 Jun 2005 (EDT)

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