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Webinar: Crowdsourcing applied to knowledge management in translational research: the Gene Wiki and Mark2Cure

November 8, 2018 : 12:00pm - 1:00pm PDT

Crowdsourcing has been successfully used to tackle a number of research projects that require massive human effort. Andrew Su, PhD, will provide a general overview of this field and share practical insights from two case studies.

Event Details

Speaker: Andrew Su, PhD, Professor, Department of Integrative, Structural and Computational Biology, The Scripps Research Institute Overview: Crowdsourcing involves the engagement of large communities of individuals to collaboratively accomplish tasks at massive scale.  These tasks could be online or offline, paid or for free. But how can crowdsourcing science help your research? This webinar will describe two crowdsourcing projects for translational research, both of which aim to better organize biomedical information so that it can be more easily accessed, integrated, and queried: First, the goal of the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Gene Wiki project</a> is to create a community-maintained knowledge base of all relationships between biological entities, including genes, diseases, drugs, pathways, and variants.  This project draws on the collective efforts of informatics researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including bioinformatics, cheminformatics, and medical informatics. Second, the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Mark2Cure</a> project partners with the citizen scientist community to extract structured content from biomedical abstracts with an emphasis on rare disease. Although citizen scientists do not have any specialized expertise, after receiving proper training, Mark2Cure has shown that in aggregate they perform bio-curation at an accuracy comparable to professional scientists.  The <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Digital Scholar Webinar Series</a> introduces health researchers at USC, CHLA and beyond to digital approaches and tools relevant to their research. The series showcases the potential and limitations of digital approaches health researchers need to be aware of. All webinars will be accessible afterward on the <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Digital Scholar Program page</a>.

Contact Information

For questions, please contact&nbsp;<a href="">Katja Reuter</a>&nbsp;or&nbsp;<a href="">NamQuyen Le</a>.

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.