| The Marine Microbiology Initiative is striving to build a|
community of virus ecology resources online.
I first heard about this project at the recent 2014 American Society for Microbiology Conference, and I have been keeping up with it ever since. This project's goal is to generate an online community, based around a forum, similar to the SeqAnswers community for those interested in general sequencing, or the StackOverflow community for programmers. This is a really good idea because it will both provide a valuable, centralized resource for those entering the field, as well as providing a hub for the community to stay connected and up-to-date on what is going on. I also think this could be a great resource for allowing researchers to more easily collaborate on robust and standardized bioinformatics toolkits for virus community analysis.
The official announcement and call for proposals from the team's Facebook page is as follows:
Request for Proposals (by Invitation): Creating an On-Line Forum for the Virus Ecology Community
Marine Microbiology Initiative, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The Marine Microbiology Initiative (MMI) at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) is interested in addressing the challenge of equipping the virus ecology community with an on-line forum to enable discussions about laboratory, field, and bioinformatic methods and to increase connectivity and collaboration among virus ecology researchers. MMI seeks proposals that range in complexity between forums built from the ground up to those that extend and capitalize on existing forum-building technologies, such as protocols.io, Tapatalk, Ning, Stack Overflow, Reddit, Research Gate, and Wikipedia/media.
If you or someone / an organization you know is interested in submitting a proposal, please drop me a line at email@example.com for further information.
From here I'll just wrap up this post by saying I think this is an awesome idea. I have gotten a lot out of my participation in SeqAnswers, StackOverflow, and other communities, and I think this virus ecology community could be a similar useful resource. I am excited to see it come together more in the coming months and I hope I am lucky enough to be a part of it and offer some useful contributions.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact Jon (his email is in the statement above). If you just want to learn more or keep up-to-date, check our their Facebook page (link above).