Title : Link between Wikipedia and biology databases
Supervised by : Prof. Marc Robinson-Rechavi, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne and Frédéric Schutz (SIB et Wikimedia-CH)
Number of students : 2
Our group at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics SIB develops the database Bgee (http://bgee.unil.ch/), which contains information about the anatomy of several animals, including human, about gene expression in these anatomical structures, and about the evolutionary relations between the anatomy of different species. This information comes from various sources, including the free encyclopedia Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/). There exist several examples of successful integration between biology databases and Wikipedia (http://nar.oxfordjournals.org/content/40/D1/D9.full).
In this project we propose to establish such an integration for Bgee, with the following tasks:
• Contact with the community of Wikipedia editors, and evaluation of the conditions of interaction between Bgee and Wikipedia.
• Manual edition of Wikipedia entries to include some of the information from Bgee into Wikipedia.
• Automation of the exchange of information between Wikipedia and Bgee.
English language Wikipedia is our priority, making a good level of written English necessary. Basics of programming and prior experience with Wikipedia or other digital resources would be a plus.