NA-MIC Dissemination Update, Year 5
The dissemination goal in the fifth year of NA-MIC was to continue the outreach activities that were established in the prior years of the center. In addition to the training events reported by the Training core, two birds-of-a-feather meetings were held in collaboration with the Service core. The wiki-based collaborative web presence was also maintained and expanded this year.
The Dissemination Core has again been active in promoting NA-MIC methodologies and technologies among the scientific communities. A complete list of events is available on the NA-MIC web site, but a few notable activities in the past year include a workshop held at Stanford University for users and developers that was joint hosted by the Simbios and NCBO NCBC sites. In addition, we have been active outside of the US with the goal of attracting additional users and developers. For international events, we ask the host institutions to cover the costs of the events along with travel expenses for NA-MIC personnel. In the past year we held events at the University of Western Ontario's Robarts Institute and at the Technical University in Munich.
Birds-of-a-Feather Meetings: The “Programming Week” event that was started in the first year of NA-MIC to gauge the interest of participants in spending a week together working on NA-MIC projects, renamed to "Project Week" to reflect its expanded its scope and duration in the second, third, and fourth years, continued to gain momentum in the fifth year. It continues to include projects that involve all the center cores as well as several funded and non-funded collaborators. The duration in the fifth year was maintained at 2 weeks per year - the last week of June at MIT, as well four days in conjunction with the all-hands meeting in January. The MIT Summer 2008 Project week included 114 registered attendees who worked on 58 projects. 14 of these projects were directly related to the NA-MIC DBPs, 19 to External collaborations, and 15 to NA-MIC infrastructure. The 2009 AHM Utah Winter Project week recorded 98 registered attendees who worked on 51 projects. 14 of these projects were directly related to the NA-MIC DBPs, 19 to External Collaborations, and 15 to NA-MIC Infrastructure. Details of all programming/project weeks are available here: http://www.na-mic.org/Wiki/index.php/Engineering:Programming_Events.
Web Presence: The collaborative wiki (http://wiki.na-mic.org) has expanded to 2400 pages and maintained about 600 users. (In Year 1, we had 350 pages and 150 users, in Year 2 we had 700 pages and 200 users, and in Year 3 we had 900 pages and 300 users, in Year 4 we had 1100 pages and about 600 users ) In addition to the NA-MIC investigators use of these wiki pages, the usage by external collaborators continues to expand and lead to independent wikis in several cases.