In PLoS Biology, Andrew Su and his colleagues report that they have laid the foundation for creating a comprehensive gene wiki, similar to the recent WikiProteins but within the general Wikipedia community. The researchers hypothesized that creating stubs with low levels of information from authoritative sources, such as Entrez Gene, would accelerate the growth of the wiki. Su tells Agence France-Press that their goal was to provide a starting point and that it is up to other scientists to keep the gene entries up-to-date. Trey at Open Helix, however, is not convinced this crowd-sourcing approach will work. "Wikipedia is doing reasonably well in 'general science', but I’m not so sure the model will work for this kind of science," he blogs.
Wikis All Around
Jul 08, 2008