Saturday, September 01, 2018

Biological stories: give me a reason to make time for interactive biological pathways

I am overbooked. There is a lot of things I want to do that (I believe) will make science better. But I don't have the time, nor enough funding to hire enough people to help me out (funders: hint, hint). Some things are not linked to project deliverables, and are things I have to do in my free time. And I don't have much of that left, really, but hacking on scientific knowledge relaxes me and give me energy.

Interactive biological stories
Inspider by Proteopedia (something you must check out, if you do not already know it), Jacob Windsor did an internship to bring this idea to WikiPathways: check his Google Summer of Code project. I want to actually put this to use, but, as outlined above, not being part of paid deliverables, it's hard to find time for it.

Thus, I need a reason. And one reason could be: impact. After all, if my work has impact on the scientific community, that helps me keep doing my research. So, when eLife tweeted an interesting study on digoxin, I realized that if enough people would be interested in such a high profile story, an interactive pathway may have enough impact for me to free up time. Hence, I asked on Twitter:

But as you can see, there not just enough RTs yet. So, because I really want something fun to do, please do give me no excuse to not do this (but write grant proposals instead), and retweet this tweet. Thanks!

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