A quick post on the state of Biostar and we are looking for suggestions for directions/goals that you would like to see this year.
We have just released a new version of Biostar (version 1.2.11), a release that now incorporates many of the suggestions from Help make Biostar better! Add your feedback, opinions and suggestions.. Most of these new features have been created as programming work contracted out to Luma Education, whose chief engineer has been a long time Biostar contributor.
This release also marks the presence of our first commercial sponsor Counsyl a Stanford startup founded by social entrepreneurs and philanthropists, developers of the Universal Genetic Test. Their job ad is now sponsored, meaning that it will appear on the top of the Jobs section. Their support made it possible to create this release in such a timely fashion.
For the next year we wish to expand the reach of the site and our goal is to encourage content that goes beyond installation/errors/troubleshooting. We want to promote the creation and dissemination of the hard to find expertise and know-how that makes scientific breakthroughs possible . We are also considering the idea of making Biostar a place where bioinformatics experts and those needing the expertise could find each other. We'd be happy to hear some of your opinions on it, or any other suggestions/feedback that you may have.
As always keep up the good work! Time and again I am amazed at the value of the content that is created on this site, just reading and browsing the posts makes me a better scientist.
The project that Nikolay Vyahhi mentioned that he was working on has gone live in the meantime: rosalind.info is a Project Euler like website with lots of small bioinformatics programming problems. It doesn't have the student/expert matching component though.
Just to add my endorsement for rosalind.info - they seem to have done a great job, it's really worth checking out
Oh, yeah, that would be kinda what I had in mind. But the problem wouldn't have a specific answer, and could even have multiple solutions. It would be interesting to see how different people/groups tackle it. But the process of having to deal with someone's specs, trying to work out what they are really asking, all that stuff brings a real-life component that would matter.
Interesting idea - I'll keep in mind, would be a good fit.
Great idea! I have too many projects on my plate, and it would be great to find beginning students who want to help tackle them!