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Sunday, December 29, 2019

WikidataCon, Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit, OpenRiskNet, and the Beilstein Open Science meeting

OpenRiskNet workshop material.
Autumn has been hard. Due to an unfortunate combination of events, the workload was hardly bearable. Half December it started to slow down, but not enough. That said, I had a pleasant two weeks in October, when I attended four meetings in two weeks time. Busy as well, but inspiring. Normally, I blog about meetings I attend, but I haven't had time for that yet. In fact, that has become more common in the past few years.

Beilstein Open Science
The first in the row was the Beilstein Open Science Symposium. It was the second time for me to attend this meeting. It had a nice line up, but would actually not mind to have a hackathon component too. I spoke at this meeting about Wikidata and Scholia, of course (my slides are available at doi:10.5281/zenodo.3492008). It was good to see updates of various projects around, see this abstract book.

Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit
From the meeting I walked down from the venue down to the train station through the grape vines fields. Very enjoyable. The train to Frankfurt Hbf takes long, and the train to Muenchen was delayed by an hour. So, I missed the formal opening of the Mentor Summit, but in time for the goodies. The meeting was awesome: 15 years of open source projects, with plenty of science projects. I was there as mentor of the NRNB organization, but I proudly wore my first GSoC t-shirt from 2007, impressing even the local organization :) Back then, Alexander worked on chemistry search support for the KDE desktop.

OpenRiskNet Final Workshop
Next up was the OpenRiskNet Final Workshop, held in Amsterdam. Just far enough from home to need a hotel. Because of overlap with the next meeting, I even had to skip the last afternoon session. Running from one meeting to another, I actually had just one day to prepare, which was tight, as I was going to give a workshop. Fortunately, I had plenty of material, and it just came done to putting it in the right order. I decided to try something new, and use Markdown (git: OpenRiskNet/workshop/OntologyWorkshop). I copied the idea of the prev/next buttons from one of the other workshops in the same git repository, but am particularly happy with the Answer button, which toggles the answer (see above screenshot).

WikidataCon
The final meeting in this series was WikidataCon (or this Scholia page)in Berlin. My abstract around Wikidata and Scholia was accepted and I joined in the informal hack sessions. The latter resulted in an externally developed Scholia feature (see doi:10.3897/rio.5.e35820), so cannot complain. In case you missed it, Wikidata is booming. In fact, the bigger problem with Wikidata, right now, are its growing pains, repeatedly visible in systems not being able to keep up with the effort. Beside my blog, I can recommend this preprint, if you want to read up on Wikidata. My talk, Cheminformatics to improve Wikidata on chemical compounds,  was actually recorded, and you can watch the video here.

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