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A wiki for capturing and sharing biological knowledge

Jeremy Muhlich and Reshma P. Shetty


Much of the knowledge produced by biological research is passed down by oral tradition.

This makes it difficult for newcomers, especially in Systems Biology due to its multi-disciplinary nature.

Solution: OpenWetWare


OpenWetWare's contributions

  1. Democratizing and disseminating content generation
  2. Digitization of biological knowledge, as it is generated

Courses on OpenWetWare

20.109, Student-recorded data

"The wiki has also been unspeakably useful in developing curricula with my fellow teaching faculty and teaching assistants. Finally, with all the course material public, researchers and teachers around the world have stumbled into the site and have subsequently contacted me to discuss implemented parts of the curriculum in other settings. Other electronic teaching platforms exist, but none is so collaborative and open."

--Natalie Kuldell, Department of Biological Engineering, MIT

"This course has turned out to be a big success. I never expected that the students would engage so well in the class. One reason they have engaged so fully is that the students feel that they have some control over the content and they can see that the materials they post are creating a record and an organized resource. Hosting on OWW also allowed the more reserved students in the class to participate fully by writing down questions and comments on the wiki so they didn't have to depend so much on speaking in class."

--Maureen Hoatlin, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Oregon Health & Science University

See all 20 OpenWetWare courses

Model Construction and Documentation

OpenWetWare's success

  • 2,800 contributors
  • 100 labs
  • 1.5 million pageviews per month
  • 275,000 sessions per month

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