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Giga-Curation Challenge 2017

Encouraging community curation through competition

We’re back! For the second year running we are encouraging BioCuration experts to put their skills to use on a variety of research publications. This year GigaCuration Challenge will be run over the full 4 days of the Biocuration2017 conference March 26th to 29th in Stanford, Paulo Alto, USA. The motivation remains the same , see below. The format of the challenge will be slightly different. Instead of 1 prize for the overall highest number of annotations, we intend to provide incentives for a series of small challenges, details to be announced closer to the event. Please sign up for the workshop.

In recent years it has become clear that the amount of data being generated worldwide cannot be curated and annotated by any individual or small group. Currently, there is recognition that one of the best ways to provide ongoing curation is to employ the power of the community. To do this, the first difficulty to overcome was the development of user-friendly tools and apps that non-expert curators would be comfortable and capable of using. Such tools are now in place, including iCLiKVAL and

The second problem, which we are now facing, is bringing in and engaging the large number of people needed to perform the curation required to empower these tools. Eventually it is hoped that users will realize their utility and begin to both habitually use and add information to these apps. This will make these tools ever more useful and become a standard part of the process of carrying out research.

There are 4 parts to this years challenges, which means there are more chances for prizes!

1 – Tutorial Challenge
2 – Day 2
3 – Day 3
4 – The overall winner

Register for Giga-Curation Challenge 2017 now

What is the Annotometer?

The annotometer (ano-tom-eter), is a simple app that polls the tool (currently iCLiKVAL and API servers to retrieve the number of annotations made by registered accounts. It displays live results for the number of annotations made by the top curators, with updates every few minutes. It can also display the total number of annotations added by all registered users during the course of the competition. The annotometer can be set to run over any given time frame by the administrator of an event. Results from previous events will be displayed for future reference.
If you wish to host an event, either at a conference or in a class/workshop we can provide you with a temporary administrator account for the duration, and you may use the website and all its functions. Alternatively, the code of the annotometer will soon be made openly available via github to enable anyone wishing to run a similar competition to do so more easily.
Please feel free to contact us to discuss the addition of other curation tools to the annotometer.

For more info click here

Tools tracked by Annotometer


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iCLiKVAL is an easy-to-use web-based tool that uses the power of crowdsourcing to accumulate annotation information for all scientific literature and media (currently PubMed, DOI, YouTube, Flickr, and SoundCloud) found online. Annotations, such as keywords, make information easier to find and allow for much richer data searches. In iCLiKVAL, annotations are added to items as simple key-value (and optional relationship) tuples. Use it to annotate any article (try starting with your own), or join an interest group and work together to annotate literature related to the group topic.

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We think simple tools can help us all improve the quality of information on the Internet and in the greater world around us. Our team is building an open platform for discussion on the web. It leverages annotation to enable sentence-level critique or note-taking on top of news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and more. Everything we build is guided by our principles. In particular that it be free, open, non-profit, neutral and lasting to name a few.